Includes Kirk Hammett in Exodus, Dave Mustaine in Metallica, and Kerry King in Megadeth
As “Big Four” thrash metal bands Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax prepare an historic performance together this week at Yankee Stadium in New York, further details emerge about the upcoming photo book documenting their origins: Murder in the Front Row: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew. Among the previously unseen photos from the original thrash metal explosion: Kirk Hammett performing with Exodus; Dave Mustaine rehearsing and performing with Metallica-including the band’s very first practice with bassist Cliff Burton; Kerry King soundchecking and performing with Megadeth during that band’s debut series of shows in 1984; and Anthrax’s modest first-ever Bay Area appearance. These historic events are part of a spectacular large-format 272-page view inside “the metal scene that banged those heads that did not bang” includes over 400 of some of the earliest color and black-and-white photos of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus, Possessed, Death Angel, Forbidden, Legacy/Testament, Vio-lence, and many others key figures from the Bay Area thrash metal universe.
“Before they played the Bay Area, Slayer wore makeup onstage,” says coauthor Brian Lew. “After that first Bay Area show they never wore makeup again. This book will show people why.”
Murder in the Front Row will be available December 2011, wherever books are sold. To view page samples and place a preorder (with limited two-sided exclusive poster-size dustjacket), visit this location: http://www.murderinthefrontrow.com
The second Metal Masters clinic took place last night at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian from ANTHRAX were joined on stage by David Ellefson of MEGADETH, ADRENALIN MOB drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-DREAM THEATER), SLAYER’s Kerry King, and former PANTERA frontman Phil Anselmo. The supergroup cranked out two Pantera classics – ‘A New Level’ and ‘Fucking Hostile’ – as seen below.
SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX Members Jam PANTERA Classics With PHIL ANSELMO
Anthrax will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 8:30PM PT/11:30PM ET. The band members will be talking about and playing songs from their new album, Worship Music, that will be in-stores the next day, Tuesday, 9/13. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast, go towww.RocklineRadio.com. This broadcast will be available for two weeks on the Rockline website beginning the day following the show.
In addition, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. has announced that he will name Wednesday, September 14, “ANTHRAX DAY,” the same day that The Big Four plays at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. The Big Four concert represents a homecoming for Anthrax as all five members – Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Rob Cagianno, and Scott Ian – are from New York, with three of them – Benante, Bello and Caggiano – born and raised in The Bronx.
Said Borough President Diaz, “These heavy metal legends grew up right here in our borough, and I am proud to welcome Anthrax back to their Bronx home.”
Anthrax, one of the four original architects of speed and thrash metal (with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth), is celebrating its 30th year as a band. Worship Music is the band’s first studio album in eight years and the first with vocalist Belladonna since 1990. Belladonna, an essential part of Anthrax’s lineup from 1985 to 1992, sang on some of the band’s most popular albums including Spreading the Disease, Among the Living and Persistence of Time. As Scott Ian recently said in an interview, “Once Joey came back last year, that’s when everything started to connect. The planets started to align properly, so ‘Worship Music’ is exactly what Anthrax is supposed to sound like. This will be the only version of Anthrax until there is no more Anthrax.” Over the band’s three decades, Anthrax has sold more than 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the press, industry and fans.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is rolling out the welcome mat for fans coming to town to see iconic heavy metal bands Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, “The Big 4,” all performing live right here in the Bronx on Wednesday, September 14 at Yankee Stadium.
The “Big 4″ concert also represents a homecoming for Anthrax, which features three native Bronxites among their members–Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Rob Caggiano. Both Benante and Bello grew up in Throggs Neck, while Caggiano is a native of Pelham Parkway. In honor of the band’s return home, Borough President Diaz will officially declare September 14 as “Anthrax Day in the Bronx.”
“The Bronx may be known as the home of hip-hop and salsa, but make no mistake, our musical contributions are much more expansive. These heavy metal legends grew up right here in our borough, and I am proud to welcome Anthrax back to their Bronx home,” said Borough President Diaz.
Check out Anthrax performing their new single “The Devil You Know” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, September 7.
Anthrax will be kicking off “The Trashfest Extravaganza” tour with Testament and Death Angel in October. See below for dates.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Tuesday, September 6, 2011 — Thrash titans Anthrax and Testament, who haven’t toured together in more than a decade, are set to co-headline a U.S. tour beginning Friday, October 14 in Grand Rapids, MI (itinerary below). Anthrax will close all shows, and Death Angel will be main support for the entire tour. The coast-to-coast trek will figure to decimate more than two dozen cities over a five-week period, with both Anthrax and Death Angel debuting brand new material from their new albums, both set for summer/fall release; Testament’s new album is set to be released in 2012.
“We’ve been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “so we’re really looking forward to hanging out with them on the road. And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a good time – for all of us and for the fans. Plus, with the incredible success of The Big Four shows over the last year, we wanted to tour with some of the ‘second wave’ of thrash bands.”
The tour will follow Anthrax’s Big Four “hometown” appearance at Yankee Stadium on September 14, with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.
“We’re excited to do this tour because Anthrax was actually the first band we ever toured with,” adds Testament vocalist Chuck Billy. “It’s an accomplishment 20 odd years later that we’re going to do it again. The tour kick-off date is actually about five days difference from the kick off date of the first tour 20 years ago. The first time we performed with Anthrax, we only had a total of ten songs, so obviously now we have many songs to pick from so it will be very different. It’s good to see that a lot of the faces in the bands are the same as back when we first did this original tour 20 years ago.”
Dates are subject to change and more will be announced – the itinerary for the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel Fall 2011 tour is as follows:
Fans Could Win a “Band Bench” Seat on the Show
Anthrax Single, “The Devil You Know,”
#2 Most Added at Active Rock Radio This Week
ANTHRAX will be the musical guest on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Wednesday, September 7. The show airs on NBC at 12:30 ET/PT and 11:30 CT.
For broadcast, the band will perform “The Devil You Know,” currently the #2 Most Added track at active rock radio, and the first single from Worship Music, Anthrax’s new album due out September 13. Anthrax will also perform a surprise “classic” song that will be available exclusively at www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com
Fans who would like a chance to be close to Anthrax’s performance on the show should click on this link – http://www.fallonbandbench.com – that will direct you to “Late Night’s” “Band Bench” Sweepstakes entry form. Enter for a chance to win seats on the show’s band benches and an opportunity to surround the stage during Anthrax’s performance.
Please make sure to include the following band code: RAX, in your entry form.
Anthrax is set to play Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, September 14 as part of The Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax.
Preorder Anthrax “Worship Music” at Bestbuy.com HERE and gain entry into a free exclusive Anthrax show; then go to www.freesecretshow.com and enter your Best Buy 12 digit order number to get your free ticket. The show will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square NYC on Monday September, 12 at 8 PM. Bring your ticket, bestbuy.com receipt, and photo ID the night of September 12 to get into the show.
Anthrax has launched a contest, presented by f.y.e., to see the band perform live in New York City with the original singer Joey Belladonna. Starting now, one very lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a trip to the Big 4 concert at Yankee Stadium on September 14th. The winner and a guest will receive round trip airfare tickets to New York City, hotel, and tickets to one of the biggest metal events this year! In order to enter and for official contest rules, go to www.redmusic.com/anthrax/anthraxsweepstakes.html
Make sure to pick up your copy of the new Anthrax “Worship Music” record on September 13th or preorder your copy of the record now on fye.com.
On July 23rd and 24th, 10 000 metalheads descended upon Downsview Park in Toronto ON for Heavy T.O. The two day festival took place the same weekend as Heavy MTL. This was the third year for Heavy MTL and its success from right from the first year prompted MTL organizers Daniel Glick and Nick Farkas to team up with Live Nation to create Heavy T.O. Two stages had bands playing right after each other, about 11 per day. Heavy T.O. sponsor, Jägermeister had a tent area set up with games and were hosting some of the autograph sessions. Certain bands like Megadeth and Slayer had line-ups of over a hundred people waiting to get signatures from their favorite musicians.
Anthrax icon Scott Ian graces the cover of the August issue of Decibel. For the magazine’s first gatefold in five years, the editors enlisted the talents of Henry & Glenn Forever co-creator Tom Neely to (literally) illustrate the flourishing bond between extreme music and extreme underground comics. As the movement’s best-known face – and certainly metal’s best-known chin – Scott discusses his work for DC Comics, his take on the current graphic arts scene, and how it all fits together with Anthrax and metal in general.
The issue, on newsstands now, is also available for direct purchase here:
Worship Music, Anthrax’s first new studio album in eight years, will be released on September 13, the day before the band plays Yankee Stadium as part of The Big Four, with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.
Anthrax fans are among the most loyal, as they’ve been waiting a long, long time for new music from their band, and with Joey Belladonna singing with them for the first time since 1990’s Persistence of Time, the new music is even more anticipated.
As a way to say thank you to their fans, the band members – Charlie Benante/drums, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano/guitars, Frank Bello/bass, and vocalist Belladonna – decided to make the new track “Fight’em ’til You Can’t” available as a free download, giving everyone a taste of what’s to come when Worship Music drops on September 13, the day before the band plays The Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium.
Shockwaves Skullsessions Episode #48: This is the REAL BIG 4 Episode (Part 1 of 3). On this first of a riveting 3-episode special, Skullsessions returning guest and esteemed UK metal author Joel McIver is teamed up with newcomers Craig Locicero from Bay Area thrash titans Forbidden and metal tycoon Michael Huntsman as they join host Bob Nalbandian on yet another heated discussion thrashing out a discography deliberation on the first few albums of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax! This episode (Part 1) hones in on the early days of thrash metal!
METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX: 'Big Four' Coming To Yankee Stadium
Following last Saturday’s (April 23) first U.S. “Big Four” concert in Indio, California, the so-called “Big Four” bands of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH — have announced that they will perform in the new version of the famed Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York on September 14, 2011.
Commented METALLICA: “We can’t wait for a night in the Bronx as our second American show and for those of you who love fun facts, this will also be the second live music event hosted at the new ballpark.”
All seats are reserved for this show and tickets go on sale Friday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com. MetClub members should log in for more information about a special pre-sale starting on Wednesday, May 4. Yankees season ticket holders will have their own pre-sale, also on May 4, starting at noon.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told RollingStone.com in an interview earlier this week that more U.S. dates are on the way. He revealed, “We are looking to book something on the East Coast because of the success of this . . . Maybe we’ll do somewhere in the Midwest and South, too. Still, I don’t think it will turn into a 40-date arena tour; that would make it less special. I like the fact that there’s an element of chaos to the whole thing. It shouldn’t be sterile, streamlined and perfect: it needs an edgy underbelly to remain authentic.”
The all-day event last weekend featured the so-called “big four” bands of the Eighties thrash metal scene — SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH and headliners METALLICA — performing together on a U.S. stage for the first time ever in their 30-year careers.
Members of all four bands got together at the end of METALLICA’s set to play the song “Am I Evil?”, originally by the cult British metal band DIAMOND HEAD. Lars Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio why that was a good choice for a show-closing jam. “The great thing about cover songs, you know, certainly in that context with the four bands, was that you’re not playing anybody’s song. So I think to invite everybody up onstage to play a METALLICA song would just be weird. DIAMOND HEAD, I think, seems like such a common denominator in everybody’s inspiration pool that “Am I Evil?” just seemed like the perfect song.”
A series of similar shows last summer in Europe was wildly popular, leading to demand for a U.S. version. The “Big Four” package will also head back to Europe this July.
All four bands were presented over the weekend with awards for sales of two million copies of a “Big Four” live DVD which was released late last year.
METALLICA headlined the first U.S. “Big Four” concert this past Saturday (April 23) at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. The all-day festival featured the so-called “Big Four” bands of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH — sharing the stage in the U.S. for the first time ever, drawing an estimated 50,000 people.
A wildly successful series of European gigs together last summer paved the way for a U.S. edition.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told RollingStone.com that more U.S. “Big Four” dates are in the works. “We are looking to book something on the East Coast because of the success of this — it should hopefully come together in a week or two,” Ulrich said. “Maybe we’ll do somewhere in the Midwest and South, too. Still, I don’t think it will turn into a 40-date arena tour; that would make it less special. I like the fact that there’s an element of chaos to the whole thing. It shouldn’t be sterile, streamlined and perfect: it needs an edgy underbelly to remain authentic.”
METALLICA will bring the “Big Four” tour to Europe in July, and is also confirmed to perform at the 44th edition of Festival d’été de Québec in Quebec City, Canada on Saturday, July 16.
The group will also headline Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival this September.
Urich told The Pulse Of Radio that the idea for a “Big Four” tour first came up in 2009. “We were sitting around and we were feeling pretty nostalgic at the time because it was right around the old Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Cleveland induction thing there,” he said. “So as you sit around and talk about your past and whatever, the idea of playing shows with the other, you know, members of the so-called ‘Big Four’ just came up, and it finally came together just over a year later.”
METALLICA has hinted at entering the studio in May to begin work on a secret recording project, although details have been few.
The metal event of the year occurred yesterday (Saturday, April 23rd) as the Big Four of ’80s thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX – took the stage at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA in front of over 50,000 raging metalheads!
After suffering a spider bite a few months ago and being forced to miss numerous live dates the first time in his career, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman returned to the stage last night. EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt filled in for Slayer’s main set, but Hanneman joined the band on stage for their two-song encore which included ‘South Of Heaven’ and ‘Angel Of Death’. Check out a photo of Hanneman on stage from Slayer’s Facebook page below:
Jeff Hanneman live on stage at the BIG 4!
RockNMetalNewz has posted pre-show photos below:
Anthrax’ set-list was as follows:
‘Caught In A Mosh’
‘Got the Time’
‘Among the Living’
‘Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t’
‘I Am The Law’
Megadeth’s set-list was as follows:
‘In My Darkest Hour’
Wake Up Dead’
‘Poison Was the Cure’
‘A Tout Le Monde’
‘Symphony of Destruction’
‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due/Mechanix’
Slayer’s set-list included the encore of ‘South Of Heaven’ and ‘Angel Of Death’ with Jeff Hanneman.
Metallica’s set-list was as follows:
‘The Ecstasy of Gold’
‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’
‘Ride The Lightning’
‘Fade to Black’
‘All Nightmare Long’
‘Sad But True’
‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’
‘Master of Puppets’
‘Nothing Else Matters’
‘Am I Evil? (DIAMOND HEAD cover jam with members of Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax; see fan-filmed footage below)