Co-founder and the first bass guitarist of Metallica, Ron McGovney has responded to a question that he got from one of his fans on Twitter and made a sad retirement announcement.

Firstly, Ron has shared a really rare photo with Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrich while they were playing. After seeing this picture, a fan named fastfingers4 wondered if Ron is still playing bass guitar after all these years.

Ron replied to this fan and stated that he is inactive in the music industry, and he doesn’t have any plan to play again. In this way, he announced his retirement from the scene.

Here is what Ron McGovney captioned earlier:

“James and I are wearing our Leather Charm gear in this early Metallica photo. We played Maiden’s Remember Tomorrow and Wrathchild. Quiet Riot’s Slick Black Cadillac. Scorpion’s Pictured Life. Originals…Hit the Lights, Handsome Ransom, Let’s Go Rock and Roll.”

A fan user named fasfingers4 replied:

“I see Dave in there. Do you still play I hope.”

Ron made it really clear:

“No.”

You can check out his tweets below.