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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH & ANTHRAX: THE BIG FOUR PODCAST

June 22nd, 2011

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!

 

DIRECT LINK to Podcast on Roadrunner Records.

Link to Skullsessions on iTunes.

 

You can also check out the SHOCKWAVES VIDEOCAST

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MEGADETH To Release 25th Anniversary Ed. of PEACE SELLS…

June 22nd, 2011

MEGADETH’S VITAL ‘PEACE SELLS… BUT WHO’S BUYING?’ ALBUM REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY 2CD AND DIGITAL AUDIO PACKAGES, AND A DELUXE 5DISC+3LP BOX SET

Commemorative Release Includes New Liner Notes by

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich

Megadeth On Tour In Europe and North America Through Summer

Megadeth’s vital, Platinum-certified album, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, has been digitally remastered for the first time and expanded for a commemorative 25th Anniversary release in multiple configurations on July 12 by Capitol/EMI.  All of the versions, including a 2CD lift-top box, digital album, and a deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set, include a previously unreleased 1987 concert from the band’s first world tour and new liner notes written by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

The deluxe box set also includes previously unreleased and rare mixes of the album’s tracks and hi res audio for the remastered album and concert, as well as an expanded 20-page book, plus 8”x10” photos and reproductions of vintage Megadeth memorabilia. The cover of the box uses a new, unique process of lenticular 3D which reinterprets the original cover, creating the illusion of Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead character jumping out of the art.

Released in 1986, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? was Megadeth’s second album and the band’s first Capitol/EMI release.  The acclaimed album thrust Megadeth into the international spotlight, and it remains a powerful thrash metal staple.

In his liner notes for the new edition, Dave Mustaine reflects on writing the album’s title track:  “I had written other lyrics by now, but there was something different about ‘Peace Sells’ because it told my story about my faith; my beliefs; my distrust of government; my work ethic; my integrity. This was MY song.”

“If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line”

“Amen!,” continues Mustaine.  “I was so tired of not shaving, not bathing, not eating, not having a home, a companion, NOTHING. Yeah, I’ll be the first in line, but it had better work this time. Well, it was working, thank God, just fast enough for what I needed, but not nearly as fast as I would hope.”

“Whether you heard this record for the first time in 1986, or you hear this record for the first time today or tomorrow, Peace Sells is a great heavy metal album,” writes Lars Ulrich in his liner notes for the new edition.  “Nothing more, nothing less.  It has stood the test of time.  And will continue to do so.”

Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful Megadeth after his departure from Metallica.  Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth has crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combines the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that has built a rabid worldwide following.

For nearly three decades, Megadeth has taken heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally.  The band has enjoyed great success on Billboard’s album and single charts, including three Top 10 titles on the Top 200 Albums chart and four Top 10 Modern Rock singles, “Almost Honest,” “Trust,” “Breadline,” and “Crush ‘Em.”

With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with nine Grammy Award nominations, six Gold, five Platinum, and one double Platinum albums, and three Gold-certified DVD releases, in addition to last year’s double Platinum concert DVD, The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria.

www.megadeth.com

MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [2CD; digital]

Booklet with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered)

Disc 2 (previously unreleased 1987 concert)

Wake Up Dead

Intro

Wake Up Dead

The Conjuring

The Conjuring

Peace Sells

Bad Omen

Devil’s Island

Rattlehead

Good Mourning/Black Friday

Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good

Bad Omen

Looking Down The Cross

I Ain’t Superstitious

My Last Words

My Last Words

Peace Sells

These Boots Were Made For Walkin’

Devils Island

Last Rites / Loved To Deth

Mechanix

MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set]

Two 8×10 photos / two 8 ½ x 11 reproduced vintage concert flyers / one reproduced vintage ticket stub / 20-page book with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)

Disc 2 (Dave Mustaine mixes & masters for 2004 album reissue – tracklist above)

Disc 3 (Randy Burns mixes, remastered)

Wake Up Dead [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]

The Conjuring [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]

Peace Sells [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]

Devil’s Island [previously unreleased]

Good Mourning/Black Friday [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]

Bad Omen [previously unreleased]

I Ain’t Superstitious [previously unreleased]

My Last Words [previously unreleased]

Disc 4 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)

Disc 5 (hi-res audio: original album + previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklists above)

LP 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)

LPs 2 & 3 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)

MEGADETH ON TOUR: UPCOMING DATES

JULY

4          Hamburg, Germany                   Docks

THE BIG FOUR:  METALLICA • SLAYER • MEGADETH • ANTHRAX

JULY

2          Gelsenkirchen, Germany            Veltins Arena

3          Gothenburg, Sweden                 Ullevi Stadium

6          Milan, Italy                                Fiera Open Air Arena

8          Knebworth, UK                          Sonisphere Knebworth House

9          Amneville, France                      Sonisphere Snowhall Parc

SEPTEMBER

14         New York, NY                           Yankee Stadium

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL(rockstarmayhemfest.com)

DISTURBED • GODSMACK • MEGADETH • MACHINE HEAD • IN FLAMES • TRIVIUM

JULY

10         Mountain View, CA                    Shoreline Amphitheatre

12         Auburn, WA                              White River Amphitheatre

13         Nampa, ID                                Idaho Center Amphitheater

15         Phoenix, AZ                              Desert Sky Pavilion

16         Albuquerque, NM                      Hard Rock Casino

17         Englewood, CO                         Comfort Dental Amphitheater

19         Maryland Heights, MO               Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

20         Cincinnati, OH                           Riverbend Music Center

22         Mansfield, MA                           Comcast Center

23*       Toronto, ON                              Downsview Park (*Heavy T.O. Festival – heavyto.com)

24         Hartford, CT                              Comcast Theater

27         Holmdel, NJ                              PNC Bank Arts Center

29         Burgettstown, PA                      First Niagara Pavilion

30         Bristow, VA                               Jiffy Lube Live

31         Camden, NJ                              Susquehanna Bank Center

AUGUST

2          Virginia Beach, VA                    Virginia Beach Amphitheater

3          Raleigh, NC                               Time Warner Pavilion

5          Tinley Park, IL                           First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

6          Clarkston, MI                             DTE Energy Music Theatre

7          Noblesville, IN                           Verizon Wireless Music Center

9          Oklahoma City, OK                    Zoo Amphitheatre

10         Dallas, TX                                 Gexa Energy Pavilion

12         Atlanta, GA                               Aaron’s Amphitheatre

13         Tampa, FL                                1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

14         West Palm Beach, FL                Cruzan Amphitheatre

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX: ‘Big Four’ Coming To Yankee Stadium

April 30th, 2011
METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX: 'Big Four' Coming To Yankee Stadium

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.

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East Coast ‘Big Four’ Concert In The Works, Says METALLICA Drummer

April 26th, 2011
Big4

Big4

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.

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX Storm California For First North American Big Four Show; Jeff Hanneman Makes Surprise Appearance, All-Band ‘Am I Evil?’ Jam Session Returns!

April 24th, 2011

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!

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’

‘Madhouse’

‘Among the Living’

‘Antisocial’

‘Indians’

‘Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t’

‘A.I.R.’

‘I Am The Law’

Megadeth’s set-list was as follows:

‘Trust’

‘In My Darkest Hour’

‘Hangar 18’

Wake Up Dead’

‘Poison Was the Cure’

‘She-Wolf’

‘Sweating Bullets’

‘Head Crusher’

‘A Tout Le Monde’

‘Symphony of Destruction’

‘Peace Sells’

‘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’

‘Creeping Death’

‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’

‘Fuel’

‘Ride The Lightning’

‘Fade to Black’

‘Cyanide’

‘All Nightmare Long’

‘Sad But True’

‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’

‘Orion’

One’

‘Master of Puppets’

‘Blackened’

‘Nothing Else Matters’

‘Enter Sandman’

 

Encore:

‘Am I Evil? (DIAMOND HEAD cover jam with members of Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax; see fan-filmed footage below)

‘Hit The Lights’

‘Seek And Destroy’

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – Big Four Photo Galleries And Reviews Online

April 24th, 2011
Big4

Big4

With the highly anticipated Big Four show featuring METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX in Indio, CA a part of metal history, photo galleries and reviews are beginning to surface. Two links to galleries, courtesy of The Press Enterprise Examiner.com are available below.

Big Four – PE.com

Examiner.com slideshow

Watch for more Big Four updates over the course of the day.

According to Bruce Fessier from Mydesert.com, the promoter of yesterday’s Big Four concert was expecting the first U.S. appearance together of the world’s four most popular thrash metal bands to sell out before doors open at 2 p.m. at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.

But Paul Tollett of the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice company said the one-day show won’t attract as many people as last week’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, or next weekend’s Stagecoach country music festival.

Stay tuned for the confirmed head count.

 

Big 4 - USA Flag

Big 4 - USA Flag

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Capitol/EMI To Release MEGADETH’s “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying” In Expanded 25th Anniv. Edition

April 19th, 2011

Megadeth’s vital, Platinum-certified album, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, has been digitally remastered for the first time and expanded for a commemorative 25th Anniversary release in multiple configurations on July 12 by Capitol/EMI.  All of the versions, including a 2CD lift-top box, digital album, and a deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set, include a previously unreleased 1987 concert from the band’s first world tour and new liner notes written by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

The deluxe box set also includes previously unreleased and rare mixes of the album’s tracks and hi res audio for the remastered album and concert, as well as an expanded 20-page book, plus 8”x10” photos and reproductions of vintage Megadeth memorabilia. The cover of the box uses a new, unique process of lenticular 3D which reinterprets the original cover, creating the illusion of Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead character jumping out of the art.

Released in 1986, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? was Megadeth’s second album and the band’s first Capitol/EMI release.  The acclaimed album thrust Megadeth into the international spotlight, and it remains a powerful thrash metal staple.

In his liner notes for the new edition, Dave Mustaine reflects on writing the album’s title track:  “I had written other lyrics by now, but there was something different about ‘Peace Sells’ because it told my story about my faith; my beliefs; my distrust of government; my work ethic; my integrity. This was MY song.”

“If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line”

“Amen!,” continues Mustaine.  “I was so tired of not shaving, not bathing, not eating, not having a home, a companion, NOTHING. Yeah, I’ll be the first in line, but it had better work this time. Well, it was working, thank God, just fast enough for what I needed, but not nearly as fast as I would hope.”

“Whether you heard this record for the first time in 1986, or you hear this record for the first time today or tomorrow, Peace Sells is a great heavy metal album,” writes Lars Ulrich in his liner notes for the new edition.  “Nothing more, nothing less.  It has stood the test of time.  And will continue to do so.”

Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful Megadeth after his departure from Metallica.  Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth has crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combines the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that has built a rabid worldwide following.

For nearly three decades, Megadeth has taken heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally.  The band has enjoyed great success on Billboard’s album and single charts, including three Top 10 titles on the Top 200 Albums chart and four Top 10 Modern Rock singles, “Almost Honest,” “Trust,” “Breadline,” and “Crush ‘Em.”

With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with nine Grammy Award nominations, six Gold, five Platinum, and one double Platinum albums, and three Gold-certified DVD releases, in addition to last year’s double Platinum concert DVD, The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria.

Megadeth is currently on tour in Europe.  On April 23, Megadeth will again join forces with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax for The Big Four Festival in Indio, California, and The Big Four have confirmed several European shows for July.  Megadeth will also play more than 20 North American dates in July and August on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Disturbed, Godsmack, Machine Head, In Flames and Trivium.

www.megadeth.com

MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [2CD; digital]
Booklet with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered)
Disc 2 (previously unreleased 1987 concert)

Wake Up Dead
Wake Up Dead
The Conjuring
The Conjuring
Peace Sells
Bad Omen
Devil’s Island
Rattlehead
Good Mourning/Black Friday
Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good
Bad Omen
Looking Down The Cross
I Ain’t Superstitious
My Last Words
My Last Words
Peace Sells

These Boots Were Made For Walkin’

Devils Island

Mechanix

Last Rites / Loved To Deth

Good Mourning / Black Friday

MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set]
Two 8×10 photos / two 8 ½ x 11 reproduced vintage concert flyers / one reproduced vintage ticket stub / 20-page book with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)

Disc 2 (Dave Mustaine mixes & masters for 2004 album reissue – tracklist above)

Disc 3 (Randy Burns mixes, remastered)
Wake Up Dead [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
The Conjuring [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Peace Sells [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Devil’s Island [previously unreleased]
Good Mourning/Black Friday [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Bad Omen [previously unreleased]
I Ain’t Superstitious [previously unreleased]
My Last Words [previously unreleased]

Disc 4 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)

Disc 5 (hi-res audio: original album + previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklists above)

LP 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)

LPs 2 & 3 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)

MEGADETH ON TOUR: UPCOMING DATES
APRIL
16         Tel Aviv, Israel                            Hall 1 Exhibition Grounds
JULY
4          Hamburg, Germany                    Docks

THE BIG FOUR:  METALLICA • SLAYER • MEGADETH • ANTHRAX
APRIL
23         Indio, California              Empire Polo Club
JULY
2          Gelsenkirchen, Germany            Veltins Arena
3          Gothenburg, Sweden                  Ullevi Stadium
6          Milan, Italy                                Fiera Open Air Arena
8          Knebworth, UK                          Sonisphere Knebworth House
9          Amneville, France                      Sonisphere Snowhall Parc

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL(rockstarmayhemfest.com)
DISTURBED • GODSMACK • MEGADETH • MACHINE HEAD • IN FLAMES • TRIVIUM
JULY
10         Mountain View, CA                    Shoreline Amphitheatre
12         Auburn, WA                              White River Amphitheatre
13         Nampa, ID                                 Idaho Center Amphitheater
15         Phoenix, AZ                              Desert Sky Pavilion
16         Albuquerque, NM                       Hard Rock Casino
17         Englewood, CO                          Comfort Dental Amphitheater
19         Maryland Heights, MO                Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
20         Cincinnati, OH                           Riverbend Music Center
22         Mansfield, MA                           Comcast Center
23*       Toronto, ON                               Downsview Park (*Heavy T.O. Festival – heavyto.com)
24         Hartford, CT                               Comcast Theater
27         Holmdel, NJ                               PNC Bank Arts Center
29         Burgettstown, PA                       First Niagara Pavilion
30         Bristow, VA                               Jiffy Lube Live
31         Camden, NJ                              Susquehanna Bank Center
AUGUST
2          Virginia Beach, VA                     Virginia Beach Amphitheater
3          Raleigh, NC                               Time Warner Pavilion
5          Tinley Park, IL                           First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
6          Clarkston, MI                             DTE Energy Music Theatre
7          Noblesville, IN                            Verizon Wireless Music Center
9          Oklahoma City, OK                    Zoo Amphitheatre
10         Dallas, TX                                  Gexa Energy Pavilion
12         Atlanta, GA                               Aaron’s Amphitheatre
13         Tampa, FL                                 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
14         West Palm Beach, FL                Cruzan Amphitheatre

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EUROPEAN CARNAGE TOUR 2011 w/ Slayer and Megadeth

March 29th, 2011

SLAYER

The Old Ice Hall

The 17th of March 2011

Helsinki Finland

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus; Bay Area Metal Photographs to Appear This Fall

March 4th, 2011
Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus Photos Coming This Fall

Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus Photos Coming This Fall 2011

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area metal photographers Brian Lew (Whiplash fanzine) and Harald “O.” Oimoen (D.R.I.) have joined forces to create the large-format hardcover photo collection MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal. Coming this fall from Bazillion Points Books, this intense look at early hardcore headbangers features some of the first photos of the “Big Four” and their extended family of thrash metal bands. With hundreds of candid, live, and studio shots, Lew and Oimoen celebrate the unique wild-eyed spirit and atmosphere of the historic S.F. Bay Area heavy metal scene: pinpointing clubs (The Old Waldorf, The Stone, Ruthie’s Inn, The Omni); hangouts (The Record Vault, the infamous Metallica Mansion); and beloved local figures like fearless stage diver Toby Rage, manager Debbie Abono, and the unrivaled metal ringmaster Paul Baloff of Exodus.

 

Among the jaw-dropping moments in heavy metal history on display: Cliff Burton’s first rehearsal with Dave Mustaine-era Metallica; Kerry King of Slayer performing with early Megadeth; Metallica and Slayer’s first Bay Area shows; the first meeting of Slayer and Metallica; original uncropped prints of Possessed’s blood-spattered “Seven Churches” band photo shoot; some of the earliest photos of Vio-lence and Death Angel; Testament (then called Legacy) dressed in religious stage outfits; the crazed front row faces from legendary Ruthie’s Inn; and Metallica’s triumphant takeover of Day on the Green in 1985.

 

At roughly 300 pages, filled with unpublished images and rare flyers, this incredible visual time capsule stems from a friendship that started when Brian Lew and Harald O. first met as camera-wielding teenage metalheads. Both later contributed to Ron Quintana’s infamous Metal Mania fanzine.

 

Says Harald O.: “I am so psyched on getting these photos out there. The camaraderie and great friendships forged between all the bands and the fans was so cool-there literally wasn’t much distinction. Everybody was pals with everyone else, and it was a magical time to be a metalhead living in the Bay Area. People are gonna freak on what what we’re gonna show them. This is a dream come true!”

 

Says Brian Lew: “This will not be a history book, but rather a time machine back to the ‘bonded by blood’ days of the original Bay Area metal scene. Before they played the Bay Area, Slayer wore makeup onstage; after that first Bay Area show they never wore makeup again. This book will show people why.”

 

Murder in the Front Row: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal, by Brian Lew and Harald “O.” Oimoen. [ISBN 978-1-935950-03-5] Coming Fall 2011 from Bazillion Points Books, America’s smallest but heaviest book publisher.

 

http://www.murderinthefrontrow.com

 

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – Big Four Show Announced For Germany

February 17th, 2011
The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX

The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX

METALLICA has issued the following update:

“If you’ve been following along, you know that the Big Four of ANTHRAX, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ‘Tallica already have two shows scheduled in Europe in July… well, the party is expanding!

We’re here today to tell you about and addition to the European vacation with a show in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the Veltins Arena on July 2nd, 2011. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 19th at 9:00 AM local time at www.eventim.de. MetClub members should check MetClub.com for more details on a special pre-sale for Clubbers only.

Yes, that headline said “shows” with an “s.” Keep watching here for a couple more announcements in the coming weeks.”

Speaking to Noisecreep’s Jon Wiederhorn, Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine responds to the question: Why is there only one Big Four US show confirmed?

Says Mustaine: “That, I don’t know. But I do know this – and it’s not me speaking on behalf of any of the Big Four collectively or individually – it started off as one date before, and then it ended up being several. So I would say for people that pray, do so. For people that don’t, start.”

Read more on Mustaine’s chat with Noisecreep at this location.

The Big Four announced on January 25th that they will play one exclusive show on Metallica’s home turf on Saturday, April 23rd at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA.

During an appearance on a recent edition of The Kevin & Bean Show on the Los Angeles-based radio station KROQ-FM (106.7), Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explained why there is only one US show:

“Let’s take baby steps here. We did seven or eight dates last year, we’re doing one show in England and one show in France.

Listen, we don’t wanna cram this down people’s throats., we don’t wanna sort of overstay the welcome, and we don’t know what kind of response there’s gonna be to this in America, so we’re starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country…

We have a history in Southern California, Slayer has a history in Southern California, (Dave) Mustaine has a history in Southern California, so there’s a lot of history in California. And we picked the Coachella site where this is going down the week after the Coachella, which is probably – along with Bonnaroo – the favorite festival site to go to in North America.

If there is enough demand for it, obviously there’s a very strong possibility that there’ll be more shows, but we don’t wanna overextend the welcome and we also don’t wanna turn it into something that becomes just this whole nostalgia trip. So it’s a balancing act, you know.”

Listen to Ulrich’s appearance on The Kevin & Bean Show here.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Announces 2011 Line-up

January 31st, 2011

THE 4TH ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2011 TOUR LINE-UP FEATURING DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM and MANY MORE

The Hard Rock & Metal Tour Event of the Summer Kicks Off on July 9th with Pre-Sale Tickets Slotted for Friday April 8th

Tour Co-Producer John Reese to Appear on Sirius XM Liquid Metal with Host Jose Mangin, Today at 12pm PST

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans’ summertime rite of passage. Today, the 4th annual summertime juggernaut announces the 2011 line-up with DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more of today’s most electrifying artists. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.

This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a ferocious mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today.  For the first time in festival history, through their success, IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is thrilled to see the return of festival veterans DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, and SUICIDE SILENCE.

The JAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.

The 4th annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team.

“Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer,” exclaims GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna. “Godsmack/Disturbed, Mayhem Festival!! Can’t Fu@?kin’ wait!!!”

Mainstage guitarist Dan Donnegan of DISTURBED emotes, “DISTURBED is looking forward to being part of the biggest summer tour in the U.S. this year.  It’s been years since we shared the stage with GODSMACK and we’ve been wanting to team up with them and join forces for a longtime.  MEGADETH has been a big inspiration to us and we are looking forward to the other bands rounding out what seems to be a solid bill.”

Also, mainstage performer MEGADETH’s lead guitarist and frontman Dave Mustaine adds, “This is going to be a helluva hot summer, and you can get ready for true Mayhem this year.”

“MACHINE HEAD are thrilled to once again be a part of what has become the undisputed king of metal and rock festivals in the U.S., MAYHEM,” states MACHINE HEAD frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn.  “Our run headlining the JAGERMEISTER stage in 2008 was one of the wildest and most inspiring tours we have ever been a part of.  We became friends with so many great bands and Mulisha dudes.   We all partied, and rode what would become an incredible wave of momentum for MACHINE HEAD.  The vibe on the tour was filled with an impressive amount of goodwill due to the attention to detail and hard work of John Reese and Kevin Lyman. MACHINE HEAD will do everything in our power to make this f*&#ing huge!! Bring on the summer!”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL attendees can enjoy a plethora of festival activities, including perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that enhance the concert experience.  It’s a 10 hour trip to heavy nirvana.

Complete information on the 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL line-up is available at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.  There fans can also check out exclusive video clips of official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL correspondent, radio personality, author and scene icon, Full Metal Jackie introducing this year’s tour, plus a special appearance by one of this year’s mainstage performers!

Be sure to tune in to Sirius XM Liquid Metal on Monday morning at 12pm PST to catch live, exclusive updates and information straight from the source!  Famously extreme Sirius XM radio personality Jose Mangin will be sitting down with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL tour co-producer John Reese, who will unveil the official 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL line-up.  Sirius XM will be the first radio destination that fans can learn about the certified line-up and special insider information from one of the tour’s established organizers.  Stay tuned into Liquid Metal after the interview for exclusive conversations with some of this year’s performers.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is produced by Rockstar Taste of Chaos organizer John Reese, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and Creative Artists Agency.  The trio has made the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL a standout on the summer concert circuit by following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience. This year sees them joining forces once again with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the title sponsor.

“Metal is ALIVE and WELL in 2011,” states tour producer John Reese. “Each year the tour gets bigger and better and 2011 is no exception.  This group of artists this year are going to apply a big, bad, metal shellacking for the fans across the USA and Canada.”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2011 is a true mix of molten veterans and smoldering up-and-comers, who are bringing their A games and giving the fans nothing less of an amazing day,” adds tour producer  Kevin Lyman.

Live Nation is co-producer of the tour and will promote the festival nationally. Perry Lavoisne, SVP North American Touring for Live Nation, states, “The Mayhem team has delivered the best live metal line-up possible for four years in row, while creating a highly visible brand and value for fans of metal and hard rock. We anticipate another stellar run with DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH and all the other bands uniting metal fans at every tour stop.”

In 2008, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL bulldozed onto the scene and quickly made itself known as the preeminent summer destination for the hard rock and metal community.  ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts the most powerful artist line-ups in heavy music.  Artists who have performed in ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s past include hard music legends SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MARILYN MANSON, KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MASTODON, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and many more.  All have pummeled the stage, while delivering the intensity and heaviness that fans have grown to expect year after year.

See below for all current tour dates. When viewing, fans should take notice of the line-up changes on the San Bernardino, Mountain View and Montreal dates.  On July 9th in San Bernardino, CA, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s metal cartoon phenomenon DETHKLOK will perform in the place of MEGADETH, and colossal Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT will perform in the place of IN FLAMESTESTAMENT will also perform in the place of IN FLAMES on the July 10th Mountain View, CA date.  MEGADETH will not be appearing on the Montreal, QC Heavy MTL date.  Other bands will be announced for Heavy MTL soon.  Go to www.heavymtl.com for further information.

DETHKLOK has decided to play one show this year,” boasts Metalocalypse co-creator and DETHKLOK lead musician Brendon Small.  “And that show is the Mayhem fest on July 9th.  There is nothing more brutal than horrible hot putrid disgusting summer why not make it just a little more brutal, right? We are super honored to be a part of this amazing lineup! I can’t wait!”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL TOUR DATES:

7/9 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles, CA)

7/10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA (San Francisco, CA)

7/12 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA (Seattle, WA)

7/13 – Idaho Center Amphitheater – Nampa, ID (Boise, ID)

7/15 – Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ

7/16 – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM

7/17 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO (Denver, CO)

7/19 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis, MO)

7/20 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH

7/22 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)

7/23 – Parc Jean-Drapeau – (Heavy MTL) – Montreal, QC /www.heavymtl.com

7/24 – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT

7/27 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

7/29 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)

7/30 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA (Washington DC)

7/31 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ

8/2 – Virginia Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA

8/3 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC

8/5 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)

8/6 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)

8/7 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)

8/9 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK

8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX

8/12 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA

8/13 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL

8/14 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL

For more information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.

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BIG4 Fans Pissed Off -What was thought to be a “tour” is ONE California show

January 25th, 2011

TheBig4 Facebook page has lit up with angry fan reaction today as what was assumed to be a tour so far appears to be one show.

Tickets available on Ticketmaster Friday January 28th at 10am PST!

From Metallica.com:

“You’ve probably heard us all say it . . . the vibe was just so incredible at last year’s Big 4 shows that we can’t stop now!! So we’re finally bringing the love to our home turf on April 23, 2011 with ‘Tallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in Indio, CA at the Empire Polo Club (yes, the more observant of you will note that this is the same spot where the Coachella Festival takes place the weekend before).

It’s true – this is indeed the only scheduled stop in America this go around, so we’re hoping that you can head West to join us. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 28 at 10 AM PST and Fan Club members can check MetClub.com for pre-sale and VIP package info.

For more info about the show, including ticket pricing and transportation information, check out TheBig4Festival.com”

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – Big 4 US Dates To Be Announced Soon

January 24th, 2011

Metal legends METALLICA have posted an image on their official website announcing the upcoming US leg of The Big 4 which will also feature SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX, collectively known as the Big Four of 1980s thrash metal. More details will be announced tomorrow, Jan 25th. A Fcebook page has been launched here.

No word yet on if this will be USA only dates or if there will be any Canadian appearances. Stay tuned for more details!

Big 4

Big 4

Big 4 - USA Flag

Big 4 - USA Flag

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MEGADETH – Rare ’86 Live “Peace Sells” Soundcheck Recording

January 22nd, 2011

TMD has unearthed the holy grail for MEGADETH fans, an extremely rare live audience recording of  MEGADETH performing “Peace Sells” during soundcheck at Traxx in Detroit, Michigan on January 10, 1986.  The lineup is Dave Mustaine on lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar, David Ellefson on bass, backing vocals, Chris Poland on lead/rhythm guitar along with the late great Gar Samuelson on drums.

Read more HERE.

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SLAYER & MEGADETH Announce European Carnage Tour

December 18th, 2010
SLAYER, MEGADETH Announce European Carnage Tour

SLAYER, MEGADETH Announce European Carnage Tour

SLAYER and MEGADETH are teaming up for the European Carnage Tour 2011 in March/April. Confirmed dates are as follows:

March

13 – Kiev, Ukraine – Expo

15 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski

16 – St Petersburg, Russia – Jubileeny

17 – Helsinki, Finland – Ice Hall

19 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan

20 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene

21 – Aarhus, Denmark – SCC

23 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest

24 – Bamberg, Germany – Stechert Arena

26 – Paris, France – Zenith

28 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera

29 – La Coruna, Spain – Coliseum

30 – Lisbon, Portugal – Pavilhao Atlantico

April

1 – Barcelona, Spain – St Jordi Club

3 – Rome, Italy – Atlantico

4 – Padova, Italy – Gran Teatro

6 – Zagreb, Croatia – Arena

7 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer

8 – Budapest, Hungary – Arena

10 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena

11 – Lodz, Poland – Sportshall

13 – Basel, Switzerland – St Jakobshalle

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine revealed via his Twitter account recently that there are some major tour announcements forthcoming: “A huge announcement is coming for next summer in the States and in Europe and the UK. Just went through a couple weeks of hell arranging something special for summer. Stay tuned! We’re going to have some Big shows coming up.”

Take note of the word “Big” – alluding to the possibility that the aforementioned territories could see The Big Four of thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and Megadeth – back on the road.

Nothing has been officially confirmed.

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