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.
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
Photo courtesy of Metallica.com
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.
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 MetalSucks.net, a “What is HESHER?” behind-the-scenes feature can be viewed at PureVolume.com, and a Hesher sketch book feature can be viewed at Bloody-Disgusting.com. 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!
DVD & BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
• Deleted Scenes
• 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
-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
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
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.
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!
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.
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 RockTheHill.ca 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!”
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)
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.
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.
TMD has obtained rare concert audio of METALLICA performing on September 14, 1985 in Rheine, Germany. This year on September 27 marks 25 years that the legendary metal act lost their bassist Cliff Burton due to a tragic bus accident in 1986. Here the listener is treated to a one-of-a-kind bass solo from Cliff that leads directly into the classic track “For Whom The Bell Tolls”.
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.
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.”
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.