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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Big Four Unite!

So, remember how Riff made a post about Slayer and Megadeth touring with Testament a while back? We were all pretty pumped about it because it seemed like a concert like that would never exist. The dudes in the Megadeth and Slayer camp weren't the best of friends and they would rather fight instead of play music together. Thrash Metal fans have been begging for a concert like that to happen since the mid 80's. There couldn't possibly anything more monumental than that, could there?

If you haven't heard already; Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax are going to be playing a couple of shows together in Europe next summer during the Sonisphere Festival. Everyone's talking about this. In fact, I heard it first on my local rock station and out of the Big Four, the only band they play is Metallica. This is a BIG DEAL that should get everyone excited. Details of how the show(s) came together are slim, but here are some quotes from the bands members and they all seem pretty excited for it:

Lars Ulrich: "Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's big four would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time...what a mindfuck! Bring it on!"
Scott Ian: "People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984. That's 26 years of expectation."
Kerry King: "It's about fucking time this happened, and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome."
Dave Mustaine: "This is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity . . . If there are any heads left at the end of this festival that haven't banged, they don't belong there."

I've grown up thinking that these guys were all bitter enemies. Hell, Mustaine was famously ejected from Metallica for his alcoholism, which is pretty hypocritical if you look at the band members that kicked him out..... But yea! I would love to know what made them change their mind and actually perform together. Who knows, it could just be a giant cash grab at the end of the day. But whatever it is, I know that I am hoping that this thing takes off and all of those egos can handle being together for more than a handful of shows.

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