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Heavy Metal's "Big Four" to Tour?
Would be biggest event in heavy metal history
Sawyer Hildebrandt (hildesaw)     Print Article 
Published 2009-10-15 11:09 (KST)   
This article is only lightly edited.  <Editor's Note>
Since the late 1980s metal fans worldwide have dreamed of the day that the iconic "Big Four" would share a stage together.

Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax are recognized as unarguably the four most influential metal bands of their time, even of all-time, launching thrash metal from the underground to mainstream audiences.

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Yet to this day, all four bands have never shared a bill together. Decades of feuds and rivalries have made the idea nearly impossible.

But since early September word has been spreading about the possibility of a "Big Four" tour.

Originally buzz began when Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich mentioned the possibility in a radio interview. The word spread like wildfire across fan forums and blogs, predictably blowing things out of proportion.

The next step came with an interview of Slayer guitarist Kerry King for UK metal magazine Metal Hammer. King talked about the possibility of a "Big Four" tour, ultimately saying: "I think it would be cool." In the article King also went on to say that he believes Anthrax doesn't have enough together to put on a tour.

"There's better options than Anthrax and that's nothing against Anthrax, but they've just been in pieces for quite some time and that doesn't make as much sense to me," King said.

This remark elicited a response from Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian about reuniting with former vocalist John Bush and playing England's Sonisphere festival, as well as a future date in Japan.

Later, in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo further grew speculations. When asked about such a tour, Trujillo said:

"I think it's great. We've had a few different conversations on the subject...Nothing's concrete. It's not a sealed deal. We're working on it."

It's clear that the idea is still in a conversational stage. In a more recent interview with Dayton Ohio's 103.9 "The X," Lars Ulrich stated that the idea of a super-tour "definitely has gotten its own legs recently." Ulrich also said that he would actively pursue the idea in the future but as of right now it's more of a thought of nostalgia.

Surprisingly, often outspoken Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine has said the least about the subject. Known for making inflammatory remarks towards members of Metallica, the band in which Mustaine co-founded and subsequently was booted from, this time around Mustaine has kept fairly quiet. In a personal statement to Megadeth fans in early October Mustaine wrote:

"Here is the dirt on the Big Four Tour: the only ones that have asked us if we want to do this are you. If we were asked, it would need to be by their management/agent, and they haven't, although we would 100% strongly consider it, and now, I am not going to answer this question again."

Even though the future of such a tour may be promising, it is still far off into the distance. For now though, fans can get close by seeing Megadeth tour with Slayer supported by Machine Head, finishing up dates in Australia, and with some Canadian dates in the near future.
©2009 OhmyNews
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