Oct 26, 2010

The Big Four at the Sonisphere Festival

Well, this is something that I didn't know and just learned that has amazed me quite a lot: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax — the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — played together for the first time in history on June 16 2010 in front of 81,000 fans at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland. Members of these bands also came together on stage on June 22 in Sofia, Bulgaria to perform the Diamond Head classic Am I Evil?
Metallica's James Hetfield, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Anthrax's Joey Belladonna all took turns singing, with various other bandmembers playing guitar, bass and pounding on snare drums.

This was Anthrax's guitarist Scott Ian's comment on Twitter moments after the performance: After 29 years of doing this to reach this apex is just so fucking cool, it was a monumental moment of epic proportions. I'm so high from the experience I can't sleep.

The last time that Dave Mustaine performed with Metallica was on April 9, 1983 at the legendary Brooklyn, New York club L'Amour. He was unceremoniously fired by the band just weeks before they entered the studio to record their debut album, "Kill 'Em All", and was replaced by former Exodus axeman Kirk Hammett. So, it's been a while...

Metallica's setlist at the gig was as follows:

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Fuel
04. Harvester Of Sorrow
05. Fade To Black
06. That Was Just Your Life
07. Cyanide
08. Sad But True
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. All Nightmare Long
11. One
12. Master Of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
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16. Am I Evil? (w/ Big Four)
17. Hit The Lights
18. Seek and Destroy
The "Big Four" show, as part of the Sonisphere festival, will be shown in more than 450 movie theatres in the U.S., along with cities in Europe, Canada and Latin America. In addition, it has been recorded for a forthcoming "Big Four" DVD. Here's a preview for you to taste. It´s worth seeing something like this. Not really happening every day, is it?:


rock witch said...

A shame to have known it so late!

I can imagine what you would have enjoyed the concert!!

If you had known in time, you would have surely gone to Bulgaria without hesitation.

And by the way, thanks for the links!

Pablo L. said...

It was something worth seeing, that´s for sure!
You are very welcome!! :-)

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