The “Big Four” bands of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — played their second-ever U.S. show earlier tonight (Wednesday, September 14) at the new Yankee Stadium in New York City.
The highly anticipated onstage performance of the “Big Four” bands at the same time happened near the end of METALLICA’s set, between “Enter Sandman” and “Battery”. Members of ANTHRAX, SLAYER, MEGADETH and EXODUS (whose guitarist, Gary Holt, is still filling in for an ailing Jeff Hanneman of SLAYER) joined METALLICA on stage for a cover of MOTÖRHEAD’s “Overkill” before METALLICA ended the night with “Seek & Destroy”.
Video footage of the “Overkill” performance can be seen below.
METALLICA’s setlist was as follows:
01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
04. Ride The Lightning
05. Fade To Black
07. All Nightmare Long
08. Sad But True
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
12. Master Of Puppets
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. Overkill (MOTÖRHEAD cover) (w/ members of SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and EXODUS)
18. Seek & Destroy
The first U.S. “Big Four” concert took place on April 23 in Indio, California.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told RollingStone.com after the Indio show that there was a possibility of gigs in the South and Midwest, although he doubted a full tour would happen.
The all-day event in Indio featured the so-called “Big Four” bands of the Eighties thrash metal scene performing together on a U.S. stage for the first time ever in their 30-year careers.
A series of similar shows last summer in Europe was wildly popular, leading to demand for a U.S. version. The “Big Four” package also played several more European dates this past July.
All four bands were presented with awards for sales of a hundred thousand copies of a “Big Four” live DVD which was released late last year.