James Hetfield — American Musician born on August 03, 1963,

James Alan Hetfield is the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but has also performed occasional lead guitar duties both in the studio and live... (wikipedia)

If I hadn't had music in my life, it's quite possible I'd be dead and I'd much rather be alive.
As far as artists and musicians, they don't retire. They might tour less.
A lot of modern amps and preamps sound great when you're jamming by yourself, but don't hold up in a band situation. The sound isn't dense enough, and the lows and highs tend to get soaked up by the bass and cymbals.
Sleep my friend, and you will see that dream is my reality.
I choose to live, not just exist.