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August 16th, 2012




Eagle Records is delighted to announce the release of Re-Machined – A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head album on September 25 [MSRP $13.99 for CD, digital TBA].

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of this landmark album and in recognition of the influence of the band, and of Machine Head in particular. Some of rock music’s biggest names have each contributed a version of their favorite track on the album to create Re-Machined – A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head.

Re-Machined features specially recorded tracks from Jimmy Barnes & Joe Bonamassa, Black Label Society, Chickenfoot, former Deep Purple Mk III member Glenn Hughes with Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, the “supergroup” Kings Of Chaos (featuring Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum), Metallica, Carlos Santana & Jacoby Shaddix and Steve Vai.

There are two wildly differing versions of the album’s most famous track “Smoke On The Water”, one from guitar hero Carlos Santana with vocals by Jacoby Shaddix and one from alternative rockers Flaming Lips, and Metallica have contributed their own special take on “When A Blind Man Cries”, a track recorded at the “Machine Head” sessions but originally released as the B-side to “Never Before”.

Iron Maiden’s “Space Truckin’” cover was actually recorded back in 2006. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson explains, “Initially we didn’t think we’d be able to contribute anything due to our touring commitments. Then we remembered ‘Space Truckin’ which we’d recorded as a single B-side during our A Matter Of Life And Death album session, but never used. However now, thanks to Kevin Shirley’s remixing skills, we’re able to include it on Re-Machined

Initially released as a limited edition Classic Rock “fanpack” on September 3, this is a truly unique release that will appeal to rock fans everywhere.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Follow us on Facebook at

1) Smoke On The Water – Carlos Santana & Jacoby Shaddix
2) Highway Star – Chickenfoot
3) Maybe I’m A Leo – Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith
4) Pictures Of Home – Black Label Society
5) Never Before – Kings Of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum)
6) Smoke On The Water – The Flaming Lips
7) Lazy – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa
8) Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden
9) When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica
10) Highway Star – Glenn Hughes / Steve Vai / Chad Smith

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July 2012 is “Metallica Month” In’s Library of Loudness

July 2nd, 2012
July 2012 is "Metallica Month" In's Library of Loudness

July 2012 is “Metallica Month” In’s Library of Loudness felt it was high time that they got caught up on some of the many Metallica books that have been published in the past decade or so. This month they featured and reviewed six titles about Metallica and a bonus book about the origins of Bay-area thrash.  They are listed by authors last name below. Click on the title to check out the review!


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About’s Library of Loudness: In recognition of the dramatic increase in metal-related books has developed this unique section dedicated to reviews and opinions about Heavy Metal literature.

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METALLICA’s Orion Fest Presents Live Q&A With “Murder in the Front Row” Coauthor Brian Lew

June 19th, 2012
Murder in the Front Row

Murder in the Front Row

Upcoming this weekend (June 23 – June 24), Metallica‘s heralded Orion Music + More Festival will present Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, Roky Erickson, and dozens of emerging metal and rock bands, plus a full metal expo, including an hourlong Q&A with Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter coauthor and photographer Brian Lew.

As displayed in heavy archival detail in Murder in the Front Row, Brian Lew was present and photographed several pivotal moments during Metallica’s formative years, including: the young band’s first San Francisco and Bay Area live appearances and afterparties; their first jam session with former bassist Cliff Burton; and the first soundcheck and live show with a legendary but short-lived lineup including Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and Dave Mustaine.

Says Brian Lew: “Being invited by Metallica to chat about Murder In The Front Row at their Orion Fest means a lot to me personally. The original Bay Area metal days were a profoundly important time for my coauthor Harald Oimoen and I, and it’s cool that those memories obviously still mean a lot to Metallica. The fact that my Q&A session is scheduled for the same day that Metallica will be playing the Ride The Lightning album in its entirety for the first time is mind blowing!”

Brian Lew’s session will take place June 23 at 4PM at Orion fest in the Enter Met Club lounge. Also scheduled to participate in Q&A sessions during the festival are longtime Metallica audio engineer “Big” Mick Hughes, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, and band father Torben Ulrich. For more info, visit the Orion Music + More site:

MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew, is a stunning collection over 400 color and black-and-white photos of the birth of thrash metal in San Francisco, capturing historic moments including the earliest shows by Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth, and events such as the first night Slayer met the young members of Metallica. The book also includes passionate personal accounts by Bay Area veterans Harald Oimoen, Brian Lew, Ron Quintana of Metal Mania, Gary Holt of Exodus, Alex Skolnick of Testament, and Robb Flynn of Vio-lence/Machine Head. From DIY origins to world domination, the Bay Area thrash metal scene screams to life in these fearless pages.


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SONISPHERE – Helsinki, Finland

June 17th, 2012



The 4th of June 2012

Kalasatama Helsinki


The massive touring Sonisphere festival landed in Finland for the fourth time in a row. The first two Sonisphere festivals were arranged on the other side of Finland. For financial reasons the festival was moved to the capital, Helsinki, last year when Slipknot headlined the one-day event with several support acts. Obviously the turn-out at last year’s festival didn’t please the organization and for this year Metallica were recruited to headline. Nearly 50,000 tickets were sold like hot cakes when the line-up of Sonisphere was announced. Besides Metallica, Machine Head, Amorphis, Gojira, Ghost, and finally Hardcore Superstar had been booked to appear at the one-day festival on one stage. Of course, the celebration of Metallica’s multi-million selling BLACK album was the main bait to attract the audience.

Article by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Pics by Marko Syrjala

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METALLICA – 30th Anniversary Show Night 1 Recap Video Available

December 19th, 2011

METALLICA have uploaded a video recap of the first night (December 5th) of their four-night 30th anniversary celebrations for MetClub Members only in San Francisco at The Fillmore on YouTube below:

Metallica’s guests included former bassist Jason Newsted, SAXON’s Biff Byford, APOCALYPTICA, DIAMOND HEAD’s Sean Harris and Brian Tatler and former METAL CHURCH guitarist John Marshall (fill-in rhythm guitarist for James Hetfield in 1986 and 1992).
Metallica’s setlist featured:

‘The Call Of Ktulu’

‘No Remorse’

‘The Shortest Straw’

‘Leper Messiah’

‘The Day That Never Comes’

‘Carpe Diem Baby’

‘Hate Train’

‘Please Don’t Judas Me’

‘Wherever I May Roam’ (with MetClubber John Dent)

‘Sad But True’ (with John Marshall)

‘No Leaf Clover’ (with Apocalyptica)

‘One’ (with Apocalyptica)

‘Harvester of Sorrow’ (with Jason Newsted)

‘Damage, Inc.’ (with Jason Newsted)

‘Motorcycle Man’ (with Biff Byford)

‘The Prince’ (with Sean Harris and Brian Tatler)

‘It’s Electric’ (with Sean Harris and Brian Tatler)

‘Helpless’ (with Sean Harris and Brian Tatler)

‘Am I Evil?’ (with Sean Harris and Brian Tatler)

‘Seek & Destroy’ (with Jason Newsted, John Marshall, Sean Harris, Brian Tatler, Bif Byford, Apocalyptica, and the SOUL REBELS BRASS BAND).

The entire show is available for purchase at

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METALLICA Complete 30th Anniversary Celebrations With BLACK SABBATH, MEGADETH, DEATH ANGEL Members; Photo, Video Available

December 11th, 2011
Metallica with Mustaine, Ron McGovney, and Lloyd Grant! Hit the Lights

Metallica with Mustaine, Ron McGovney, and Lloyd Grant! Hit the Lights

METALLICA completed their four-night stint at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA in celebration of their 30th Anniversary for MetClub Members Only. The band were joined by BLACK SABBATH’s Ozzy Osbourne, MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine, former bassists Jason Newsted and Ron McGovney, producer BOB ROCK, and DEATH ANGEL’s Mark Osegueda.

Metallica’s setlist featured:



‘Through the Never’

‘Ride the Lightning’

‘The God That Failed’

‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’

‘Rebel of Babylon’

‘Blackened (with MetClubbers Dennis & Annette Diaz)

‘Dirty Window’ (withBob Rock)

‘Frantic’ (withBob Rock)

‘Sabbra Cadabra’ (with Geezer Butler)

‘Iron Man’ (with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler)

‘Paranoid’ (with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler)

‘King Nothing’ (with Jason Newsted)

‘Whiplash’ (with Jason Newsted)

‘Motorbreath’ (with Hugh Tanner)

‘Phantom Lord’ (with Dave Mustaine)

‘Jump in the Fire’ (with Dave Mustaine)

‘Metal Militia’ (with Dave Mustaine)

‘Hit the Lights’ (with Lloyd Grant, Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney)

‘Seek & Destroy’ (with Jason Newsted, Dave Mustaine, Lloyd Grant, Ron McGovney, Hugh Tanner, Mark Osegueda, and the Soul Rebels)

More photos available on Metallica’s Facebook page.

Check out fan-filmed footage below:

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Twenty-Five Years Since Passing, Photographer Harald O. Recalls: “Cliff Burton was the most level-headed guy in METALLICA”

October 20th, 2011
Murder in the Front Row

Murder in the Front Row

Brutal Existence Radio has conducted a 60-minute interview with famed SF photographer Harald Oimoen, coauthor of the forthcoming book MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter. The complete audio is available at this location:

Oimoen, whose photo of Cliff Burton appears on Metallica’s Ride the Lightning album, comments on his friendship with the late bassist:

“Cliff was like the greatest, most down-to-Earth guy ever. It’s interesting to think what Metallica would sound like now, if he was still withthe band. He was the most level-headed guy in the band, I think. They used to go to him, he was the tiebreaker when there was a decision to be made. If they were going to do something that was lame or stupid, he would kinda stop them from doing that. Cliff was amazing. He was brutally honest, too, if he didn’t like something he let you know about it.”

Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew have compiled 400 color and black-and-white live, candid, and studio photos in the large-format hardcover “Murder In The Front Row” book, an explosive eyewitness document of the sometimes violent mid-1980s San Francisco metal scene that launched METALLICA, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL and POSSESSED, and first supported MEGADETH and SLAYER. The book will be available December 2011 wherever books are sold, including directly from publisher Bazillion Points Books with a limited two-sided exclusive poster-size dustjacket.

For more information, go to this location:

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METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SLAYER Perform ‘Overkill’ At ‘Big Four’ Show In NYC

September 15th, 2011

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

03. Fuel

04. Ride The Lightning

05. Fade To Black

06. Cyanide

07. All Nightmare Long

08. Sad But True

09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

10. Orion

11. One

12. Master Of Puppets

13. Blackened

14. Nothing Else Matters

15. Enter Sandman




16. Overkill (MOTÖRHEAD cover) (w/ members of SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and EXODUS)

17. Battery

18. Seek & Destroy

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The first U.S. “Big Four” concert took place on April 23 in Indio, California.


METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told 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.

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HESHER, Set to a Heavy Metal Soundtrack Featuring Metallica, Motorhead and More – HITS STORES

September 14th, 2011

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman

In Stores Today!
DVD SRP: $28.98 / Blu-ray Disc SRP: $29.99

Loud music. Pornography. Burning shit to the ground. These are a few of Hesher’s favorite things, and all to the soundtrack of Metallica and Motorhead. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devon Brochu) and his father Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he takes up residence in the garage uninvited. Grief stricken by the loss of TJ’s mother in a car accident, Paul can’t muster the strength to evict the strange squatter and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of nature, Hesher’s anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more.

Fans can currently check out some exclusive clips of special bonus features that have been posted at several locations throughout the past week. A hilarious “family dinner” outtake can be viewed now at, a “What is HESHER?” behind-the-scenes feature can be viewed at, and a Hesher sketch book feature can be viewed at These are the only locations that you can view these clips before purchasing the movie, so in order to see more clips like these, head out and buy your copy now!



• Deleted Scenes

• Outtakes

• Cast & Crew Interviews

• “Air Traffic” Shot Montage

• Sketch Gallery (Drawings featured in the film)


Featuring an all-star award-winning cast, Lionsgate debuts Hesher on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download and On Demand today! Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) leads the dark comedy in the title role, an unconventional loner who is more interested in pyromania than finding a job. Also starring Rainn Wilson (TV’s “The Office”), Devon Brochu (In the Valley of Elah) and Oscar® winner Natalie Portman (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Black Swan, 2010), this dark comedy meets fairy tale was a film festival favorite – an Official Selection of South by Southwest, and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2010. Hailed as a “delectably anarchic black comedy…refreshingly original” (New York Post), the film features the music of Metallica and more. Hesher, featuring deleted scenes, outtakes, cast and crew interviews, a sketch gallery and more, is available for purchase today for the suggested retail price of $28.98 on DVD and $29.99 on Blu-ray Disc.


The Music of Hesher:

-The Shortest Straw: Metallica

-Fight Fire with Fire: Metallica

-Anesthesia: Metallica

-Battery: Metallica

-Motorbreath: Metallica

-Rock Out: Motorhead

-A Teenager in Love: Dion & the Belmonts

-The End of Time: The Hit Crew

-Deeply: Buddy Stuart




Joseph Gordon-Levitt Inception, (500) Days of Summer, Stop-Loss, 10 Things I Hate About You

Rainn Wilson TV’s “The Office,” Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Juno, Super

Devon Brochu Rubber, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, In the Land of Elah, The Garage

And Natalie Portman Black Swan, Thor, No Strings Attached, Brothers, V For Vendetta

Piper Laurie Carrie, The Hustler, Children of a Lesser God, The Faculty



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MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: New Book Uncovers Earliest “Big Four” Pics

September 14th, 2011
Murder in the Front Row

Murder in the Front Row

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:

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The Birth of METALLICA and Metal Blade Records: Episode #2 of the SHOCKWAVES VideoCast

August 10th, 2011

SHOCKWAVES VideoCast Episode #2

Heavy Metal stalwarts John Kornarens & Jon Sutherland discuss the birth of Metal Blade Records and the conception of the original METAL MASSACRECompilation album. The two talk about how this album was instrumental in kick-starting METALLICA’s career as they break out the early Metallica Scrapbook and tell the compelling story behind METALLICA’s inclusion on this groundbreaking record released in 1982 which paved the way to them ultimately becoming aguably the biggest band in rock music.

Part 3 of the VideoCast also includes the story behind Jason Newsted joining METALLICA and Jon Sutherland’s involvement along with some riviting stories about the early years of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Links to all three episodes below.

Part 1: The beginning of Metal Blade Records and the birth of METALLICA:

Part 2: The conception of Metal Massacre LP and how it kickstarted Metallica’s career:

Part 3: The story behind Jason Newsted joining Metallica:

The Shockwaves Videocast YouTube Channel

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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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METALLICA – Rare Live ’85 “Ruthie’s Inn” Audio

June 7th, 2011

TMD has obtained extremely rare live audio of METALLICA performing a cover of the MISFITS song “London Dungeon” on August 24, 1985 at Ruthie’s Inn in Berkeley, California, as part of a secret gig that was essentially a warm up for their historic “Day on The Green” concert appearance that had the young, rising band sharing the bill with the likes of SCORPIONS, RATT, and Y&T on August 31, 1985 at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA.

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METALLICA Confirmed For Halifax’ Rock The Hill 2011 Festival

May 9th, 2011

It’s official! METALLICA are confirmed for Halifax’ Rock the Hill 2011 Festival will be held on the Halifax Garrison Grounds on July 14.


A message from the band on their official website reads as follows:


“We’re making it a two city Canadian tour as we head to Halifax, Canada for the Rock the Hill festival on July 14, 2011 at Halifax Garrison Grounds. The relatively new festival will also include MATT MAYS, PROTEST THE HERO, SEETHER and COHEED AND CAMBRIA.


Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 12, 2011 at noon local time and will be available at or by phone at 1-877-569-7767. General Admission tickets are $99.50 and there are a limited number of VIP tickets for $199.50. Service charges and taxes will apply to all ticket orders. VIP ticket holders will have access to the front of stage pit, their own entrance and concessions, and the all important special washrooms. Met Club members should log in for information about their pre-sale.


That’s going to do it for us in July, but certainly not for 2011 . . . as we like to say, keep watching here!”

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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 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 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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