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!
Slayer - North American Tour With Rob Zombie and Exodus
Armchair theologians take heed: Dante Alighieri may have written the definitive overview on the medieval Christian concept of Hell back in the 14th century, but he made no mention of Hell’s soundrack.
In three words: THIS IS IT.
Touring together for the first time since Ozzfest 1999, Slayer and Rob Zombie are teaming up to bring a glorious co-headlining purgatory to fans in twelve North American cities with Bay Area thrashers EXODUS to open all shows.
The trek kicks off Wednesday, July 20 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania and travels through five Canadian provinces. Tickets for all shows are available via online outlets.
Slayer, Rob Zombie, and EXODUS “Hell On Earth” tour dates:
07/20/11 – Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
07/22/11 – DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
07/23/11 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
07/24/11 – Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park, Toronto, ON – CANADA
07/27/11 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
07/29/11 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
07/30/11 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB – CANADA
07/31/11 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB – CANADA
08/02/11 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, B.C. – CANADA
08/03/11 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
08/05/11 – Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
08/06/11 – WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. The album alsodebuted at #19 on the Neilsen SoundScan LOUD Chart in Canada.
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.
THE SLAYER MOBILE APP - THE HEAVIEST APP ON THE PLANET
LOS ANGELES, CA – April 27, 2011 —
Following the success of their uber-hot “Pinball Rocks” music game app, Slayer has just launched its official Slayer Mobile App for iPhone, iPod, and Android. The Slayer App, identified on your screen by Slayer’s iconic Eagle logo, is free and offers fans access to exclusive content, the latest band news, photos you can’t get anywhere else, the band’s social media feeds, music and music videos, a merch store, a fan wall, tour dates, and much more. Additionally, the menu functionality of the Slayer App will be available in multiple languages – French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, Turkish, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), and Korean.
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.
LOS ANGELES, CA – April 25, 2011 — Founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman stepped onstage with his band at this past Saturday’s Big 4 concert in Indio, CA, marking the first time he has played with Slayer since last October. In January, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since. Hanneman surprised the crowd of 50,000 when he walked out onto the stage, unannounced, and played the two-song encore, “South of Heaven” and “Angel of Death.”
Backstage in Slayer’s dressing room afterwards, Hanneman relaxed on a couch and said, “I’m the happiest man in the world.”
Gary Holt, guitarist for Exodus, has been the primary guest guitarist with Slayer since the band started its 2011 touring schedule in February, and will continue in that capacity until Hanneman has completely recovered.
Remembering the Man on the Silver Mountain, Ronnie James Dio
(Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)
In the many years that I’ve run Metal-Rules.com, I consider myself lucky to have interviewed Ronnie James Dio just once. It was a phone interview and as these things go, usually a label/PR type will call and put you on hold until the artist is ready. Therefore, when I answered my home phone expecting as much, I get a “Hello Geoff, this is Ronnie James Dio”. Being taken so aback, my reaction was not as professional as usual as I admit to doing a little fawning over him. For me, this seemingly simple, yet personal touch left an impression on me. He was very polite and professional and while this was “business as usual” for him, it was anything but for me.
Since the early 80’s when I first got into heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio was there and a part of my musical landscape. The first time I heard him was the song “Holy Diver” with the video airing on Canada’s Much Music’s Power Hour. It is to that album (Holy Diver) that my mind always goes to when I think of Dio. The song has been in my mind and played both on my stereo and on my guitar for many years. After discovering Dio, I also got heavily into his Rainbow material and of course his albums with Black Sabbath. When he rejoined Sabbath in the band “Heaven and Hell”, I was hoping for a few more albums and tours. But sadly, as we all know, this reunion with the Sabs was cut short in May 2010.
Shortly after Ronnie’s passing, Robert “Stormhammer” Williams of Metal Rules proposed that in one year we should pay tribute to Ronnie by presenting comments and quotes from artists that worked with him, those that knew him, and those that were influenced by his powerful, huge, and unforgettable voice. Of course I gave my blessing as no metal icon is as deserving of such a tribute.
So here are the interviews clips (video/text) from everyone that we could get in contact with over the past year. Long live heavy metal and long live Ronnie James Dio! \,,/
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.
Slayer has been in the frontlines of thrash metal and extreme metal for nearly four decades. Several classic songs such as Hell Awaits, Raining Blood, South Of Heaven, Dead Skin Mask, Cult etc are immortal and present a well oiled metallic war machine pushing forward relentlessly and show the brutality of thrash metal. However, the thrash metal machine needs a powerful inexhaustible source of intense drumming to create the well-known Slayer tempo. Dave Lombardo is definitely at the core of the unique sounds of Slayer. Despise his absence from Slayer, his role in the world of Slayer has become, and still is, an important part of Slayer. Metal-Rules.com had the great pleasure to have a moment with Dave Lombardo.
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 30, 2011 — Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien will fill in for Exodus’ Gary Holt when Holt leaves the Slayer European tour to play with his own band Exodus at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 4. Holt has been filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman since the tour kicked off February 26 in Australia.
Holt’s last show with Slayer will be April 4 in Padova, Italy; O’Brien will join the band for the April 6 show in Croatia, and will finish the European dates with Slayer that wrap up on April 14 in Holland.
Hanneman has amazed his doctors with his speedy recovery from an infection thought to have been caused by a spider bite. Following surgery on his right arm, he continues his physical therapy and has already been practicing with his guitar.
Remaining dates for Slayer’s European tour are as follows:
28 La Rivera, Madrid, Spain (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)
29 Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)
30 Pavilhao Atlantico, Lisbon, Spain (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)
Slayer - North American Tour With Rob Zombie and Exodus
LOS ANGELES, CA – MONDAY, March 28, 2011 — Get ready for hell on earth, because for the first time since they tour together on Ozzfest 1999, Rob Zombie and Slayer are teaming up to hit the road, bringing a glorious purgatory to fans in 12 North American cities. The co-headline trek kicks off Wednesday, July 20 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 1 at 10:00AM local time. Tickets for all shows are available at the venues’ box office, and via the online outlets as listed below.
“We haven’t toured with Zombie since Ozzfest 1999, so you can expect no less than ‘hell on earth,'” said Slayer’s Kerry King. “Total sonic annihilation and a visual bludgeoning. Bring your own body bag…”
“Total destruction on stage and off is what this combination promises,” states Zombie, “Seriously, how much more Hell could you ask for? The answer is none more Hell.”
Both Zombie and Slayer will present their full headline sets at every show, and both bands will close shows over the course of the tour. San Francisco’s thrash-metal band Exodus has been confirmed to open all shows.
Slayer has been performing its classic 1990 Seasons In the Abyss album in its entirety over the past several months, but will instead draw from its entire 30-year catalogue for this tour’s setlist.
Never one to play it safe, Zombie will be bringing his legendary stage show out in full force. Audiences can expect an exploding non-stop barrage of sin, sex and Satan guaranteed to rip your face off. This a true rock and roll spectacle at its finest.
Rob Zombie: With more than 15 million albums sold, seven Grammy nominations, the helming of five major motion pictures (including the #1 record-breaking “Halloween”) and dozens of music videos under his belt, Zombie is truly a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. For over 25 years his unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and more recently, his vision as a director and writer. After the tour, Zombie will be starting production on his sixth feature film, “The Lords of Salem,” with the producers of the Paranormal Activity franchise.
Slayer: The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that the four-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream.
Dates for the Slayer and Rob Zombie tour are as follows:
20 Sovereign Center, Reading, PA – ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
22 DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI – ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
23 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA – ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
24 Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park, Toronto, ON Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
27 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
29 Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
30 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
31 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
2 Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, BC Canada – SelectYourTickets.com
3 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
5 Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – ComcastTix.com
6 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA – ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt will continue to replace Jeff Hanneman on SLAYER’s European Carnage tour, which kicks-off this weekend in the Ukraine. Jeff Hanneman is still recovering and is feeling better already.
Gary Holt also replaced Jeff Hanneman on guitar on the band’s Australian shows ealier this month. Jeff is currently recovering from surgery after an arm infection due to a spider bite.
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.
According to a new Facebook posting by Sandra Araya, wife of SLAYER’s Tom Araya, the bassist/vocalist “was suffering from vertigo due to extreme dehydration and lack of rest,” which caused the cancelation of the band’s appearance at the Sydney, Australia stop of the Soundwave festival on Sunday, February 27.
She added: “Our doctor is in the process of getting the results on the test that were ran (major time zone difference and being the weekend has held up those results). Hopefully there will be nothing more to add after the results are returned.”
According to Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Madda Tom “will be OK” for the next Soundwave show in Melbourne on Friday, March 4th.
Slayer recently recruited Gary Holt from San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS as a temporary fill-in in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt is accompanying Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) on their Australian Soundwave Festival tour, which kicked off on Saturday, February 26th in Brisbane.