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.
As announced by SLAYER yesterday, Gary Holt of EXODUS will be temporarily filling in for guitarist Jeff Hanneman during SLAYER’s upcoming tour dates. He will immediately join Slayer members Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo on their five-date Australian Soundwave Festival that begins February 26.
Gary Holt offers the following comments about his upcoming stint as touring guitarist for one of metal’s most venerated bands:
“How can I put into words how excited I am to have been asked to play with SLAYER? Hard to describe for sure. Legendary band, check. Old friends since the birth of thrash metal. Check. Get to play ‘Angel Of Death’ live, priceless! I’ll do my best to live up to the standard they’ve set for so many years, while we all wish Jeff a speedy return to health and his rightful place in SLAYER.”
SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman is currently recuperating at home after emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is expected to make a full recovery and will return to the SLAYER line-up as soon as he has fully recovered.
SLAYER has recruited Gary Holt from veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS to be SLAYER’s guest guitarist, temporary filling in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt will immediately join Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) for their five-date Australian Soundwave Festival tour that begins February 26.
Hanneman underwent emergency surgery on his right arm late last month after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is now recuperating at home and is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to the SLAYER lineup as soon as he has fully recovered.
While Hanneman’s doctors were not able to definitively identify the infection’s origin, they diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, an infection caused by bacteria. According to WebMD, necrotizing fasciitis can destroy skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles. The disease sometimes is called “flesh-eating” bacteria.
“Jeff is our brother, we’ve all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years,” said Araya, “so we just want him to completely recover as soon as possible.”
“After everything that happened last year,” King added, “we all agreed that we just can’t let our fans down again,” referring to Araya’s severe back and neck pain that prompted his January 2010 surgery, unfortunately leading to the band’s postponement or cancellation of numerous shows in 2009 and 2010. “Jeff is totally on board with this decision, so we will tour as planned. At this point, we can’t pinpoint exactly what day he’ll be back, but he’ll be back as soon as he possibly can. And we can’t wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road.”
Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of SLAYER, was hospitalized late last month where he underwent emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, according to his band mates Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo.
While Hanneman’s doctors were not able to definitively identify the infection’s origin, they diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, and indicated it likely was rooted in a spider bite. The guitarist is now recuperating at home, has already begun the process of subsequent medical procedures including skin grafts, and is expected to make a full recovery.
In light of this situation and Slayer’s upcoming participation in the Australian Soundwave Festival tour that is set to kick off on February 26, the band has made the tough decision to play the dates without Hanneman, and will bring on a guest guitarist to fill in for him until such time as he has fully recuperated and is ready to return to the line-up. The band will announce details about the guest guitarist shortly.
“Jeff is our brother, we’ve all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years,” said Araya, “so we’re all just crushed by this.”
“After everything that happened last year,” King added, “we all agreed that we just can’t let our fans down again,” referring to Araya’s severe back and neck pain that prompted his January 2010 surgery, unfortunately leading to the band’s postponement or cancellation of numerous shows in 2009 and 2010. “So we will tour as planned. But I’ll tell you, we can’t wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road.”
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!
“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”
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!
MetalAssault.com’s Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal has posted footage of SLAYER’s Kerry King performing ‘Raining Blood’ with drummer Dave Lombardo’s PHILM as part of the annual Guitar Center Drum-Off Grand Finals at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The show took place on January 8th. Check it out below.
As previously reported, back in 1986 Slayer released their landmark album Reign In Blood that helped shape the sound of metal for decades to come. 25 years later, it’s high time to give that album the credit it’s due, and ESP is doing just that with the limited-edition Slayer-2011 guitar.
ESP - limited-edition Slayer-2011 guitar
Limited to just 250 guitars worldwide, the LTD Slayer-2011 is highlighted with a custom graphic finish that employs elements of the cover artwork from the Reign In Blood album. Details include a special LTD headstock logo in Slayer’s distinctive typeface, pentagram-shaped neck inlays, and the Slayer logo inlaid near the 12th fret.
The guitar uses bolt-on construction, an alder body, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 24 XJ frets, a TOM bridge with string-thru-body design, and EMG 81 (bridge) and EMG 85 (neck) active pickups.
SLAYER and MEGADETH are teaming up for the European Carnage Tour 2011 in March/April. Confirmed dates are as follows:
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
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.
With two exciting announcements already made, Sonisphere Knebworth 2011 – which takes place July 8th – 10th – can now reveal the remaining headliner for next summer’s festival, who will appear alongside Saturday night headliner BIFFY CLYRO and Sunday Festival closer SLIPKNOT.
Sonisphere will be bringing together METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX in the UK for the first time in history to headline the Friday night.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explains: “As soon as the Big 4 gigs started rolling across Sonisphere Festivals in Eastern Europe last summer, we all felt we were part of something special. The vibe within the bands was more than anyone had anticipated and the vibe with the fans was so next level, it completely blew our minds . . . there was no way this should not happen again!!! So I am beyond psyched that the first Big 4 show in Western Europe will take place on the hallowed grounds of Knebworth, where so many unique and special gigs have happened over the years.”
Last summer saw the live debut of The Big 4 – as this collective of thrash legends are commonly known – marking what was possibly the most significant event in the history of metal. Fans all over Europe could barely contain their excitement, as over 500,000 metalheads bore witness to the show they thought they’d never see.
The Big 4 fever did not stop at Europe, as fans the world over eagerly anticipated the possibility of seeing the historical show for themselves in their own countries. Such was the demand that a live cinecast of the Bulgarian show saw over 130,000 people turn out to local cinemas, with reports of mosh pits breaking out in movie theatres across the globe. The recently released DVD of the event, which features all four bands collaborating on a cover of Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil” as well as their individual sets, has only added fuel to the Big 4 fire, with a frenzied demand for more performances in the countries not fortunate enough to play host last summer.
Now, Sonisphere brings the titanic combo of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax to the UK for the very first time, at this exclusive performance at Knebworth.
The legends themselves declare their delight at taking the greatest metal show on earth back out on the road:
“There is simply no better venue for a European round two of the Big 4!!”, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich begins. “Put your dancing shoes on, this is gonna be fun!”
“Always excited to do Big 4 shows”, says SLAYER’s Kerry King. “Now England is in line to be devastated by this heavy metal powerhouse! Can’t Fucking wait!!!”
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine states; “The Big Four Concerts are the most important, most exciting event to happen in the history of live concerts in our genre, and perhaps the entire music industry. I am glad to be a part of this enormous celebration of thrash, speed, and good ole heavy metal!”
“OH YEAH!!!” proclaims Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. “Here we come England! The Big 4 BABY! Can’t wait to Get Metal Thrashing Mad for you thrashers!”
Anthrax bandmate, guitarist Scott Ian concurs, “Merry early Xmas present for us… more Big 4 shows!!! The shows we did together with our brothers in Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth were not only the high point of 2010, but also some of the best shows Anthrax have ever played. Getting to share this with our friends in the UK will be amazing.”
Given that 2010’s event had sold out before IRON MAIDEN took to the stage, and the hugely exciting headliners set for next year, Sonisphere can not guarantee that day tickets will be available for 2011, so fans are advised to get their tickets early to ensure they don’t miss out on what is already shaping up to be Sonisphere’s most exciting year yet.
Tickets for Sonisphere Knebworth 2011 are now on sale. Beat the VAT increase – and get your application in to become a Sonisphere Tourist with your free ticket for Poland and Czech Republic or Austria (subject to availability) – by snapping your ticket up quickly.
Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 8th – 10th, 2011 at Knebworth House. For tickets and more info go to this location.
"Rock & Receive Giveaway" with Eddie Trunk and Slayer
“Slayer has joined forces with Eddie Trunk to give away one of the best, if not THE best, Slayer collectibles of all time – The Vinyl Conflict. For the first time in the band’s history, The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art. From 1986’s Reign In Blood to 1994’s Divine Intervention to 2009’s World Painted Blood, it’s all here, it’s all on vinyl and it’s all original Slayer… AND IT COULD BE YOURS.
THAT’S NOT ALL! In addition to the (3) Vinyl Conflict sets we are giving away, (1) Grand Prize winner also gets an exclusive Slayer prize pack! IT GETS BETTER! All you metalheads will receive a 10% DISCOUNT to the Slayer Online Store simply for entering (just in time to give the gift of metal for the holidays)!
This contest ends Thursday, December 23rd, so hurry up and enter now!”
A harrowing “end of the world” song, ‘World Painted Blood’, the title track from SLAYER’s most recent release, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Metal Performance”. This is the band’s fifth Grammy nod, having taken home the prize twice, first for ‘Eyes Of The Insane’ in 2006, and then again with ‘Final Six’ in 2007, both in the “Best Metal Performance” category.
“I admit, I’m excited and kind of surprised,” said Slayer’s bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, who co-wrote (with guitarist Jeff Hanneman) ‘World Painted Blood’. “To have Slayer’s music recognized by an organization as traditional as the Grammys – five times now – is like that gold star that someone puts up by your name. It’s unexpected, but it’s cool.”
The ‘World Painted Blood’ nomination caps off one of the band’s most challenging yet successful years of its career. Beginning with Araya’s successful neck surgery that now has him pain-free, Slayer went on to co-headline (with MEGADETH) the Canadian and American Carnage tours, a UK/European headline dates, the historic summer series of Big Four Sonisphere European concerts with METALLICA, Megadeth and ANTHRAX, and the recently completed Jagermeister Fall Music Tour that Slayer co-headlined with Megadeth and featured Anthrax.
Slayer’s 2011 will launch with a slew of major Australian festivals, with more North American news to be announced.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Sunday, February 13th, 2011, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 PM (ET/PT). As a result of last year’s earlier show and Awards process dates, this year the eligibility dates for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are September 1st, 2009, through September 30th, 2010. (This year will mark a 13-month eligibility period.)
Following are the nominations in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories:
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
ERIC CLAPTON – ‘Run Back To Your Side’
JOHN MAYER – ‘Crossroads’
PAUL MCCARTNEY – ‘Helter Skelter’
ROBERT PLANT – ‘Silver Rider’
NEIL YOUNG – ‘Angry World’
Best Hard Rock Performance
ALICE IN CHAINS – ‘A Looking In View’
OZZY OSBOURNE – ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
SOUNDGARDEN – ‘Black Rain’
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – ‘Between The Lines’
THEM CROOKED VULTURES – ‘New Fang’
Best Metal Performance
IRON MAIDEN – ‘El Dorado’
KORN – ‘Let The Guilt Go’
LAMB OF GOD – ‘In Your Words’
MEGADETH – ‘Sudden Death’
SLAYER – ‘World Painted Blood’
Best Long Form Music Video
BLUR – No Distance Left To Run (Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern & Giorgio Testi, video directors; Thomas Benski, Laura Collins & Lucas Ochoa, video producers)
THE DOORS – When You’re Strange (Tom Dicillo, video director; John Beug, Jeff Jampol, Peter Jankowski & Dick Wolf, video producers)
ARIF MARDIN – The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story (Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video directors; Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video RUSH – Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video directors; Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video producers)
THE WHITE STRIPES – Under Great White Northern Lights (Emmett Malloy, video director; Ian Montone & Mike Sarkissian, video producers).
A complete list of nominees can be found at this location.
Slayer has just released a clip featuring comedian and UBER Metal Head Brian Posehn opening up his copy of the new Vinyl Conflict box set. In the clip Posehn proceeds to go through all the records, citing his favorites of the bunch. The clip can be seen here: http://bit.ly/9D9EoR
The band have also just released a clip featuring guitarist Kerry King dishing on all 10 albums featured in the Vinyl Conflict. From Reign in Blood to World Painted Blood Kerry recollects the bands release history. The clip can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/dwjOsM
For the first time in the band’s storied history, The Vinyl Conflict collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Each album has been re-mastered from the original flat master tapes and is pressed on the highest quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Also included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art, all in heavyweight, litho-wrapped chip jackets. From 1986’s Reign In Blood to 1994’s Divine Intervention to 2009’s World Painted Blood, it’s all here, it’s all on vinyl and it’s all original Slayer.
Los Angeles, CA – MONDAY, November 15, 2010 — Counting down to the band’s 30th anniversary, Slayer’s Kerry King sat down and talked about “The Vinyl Conflict,” the band’s high-end, limited edition vinyl box set that was just released. Representing Slayer’s entire American Recordings catalogue, “The Vinyl Conflict” begins with 1986’s genre-defining “Reign In Blood,” and goes all the way up to the band’s most recent release, 2009’s “World Painted Blood.” It’s the musical history of Slayer all in one uber-cool box, and on this video clip, King shares a few memories about all ten of the releases.
Los Angeles, CA – October 28, 2010 — Wrapping up one of the most memorable years of the band’s career, SLAYER will make available a previously unreleased track, “Atrocity Vendor,” as part of a special limited-edition 7-inch single. Written by Kerry King, the track was recorded during the 2009 “World Painted Blood” sessions, and will be released on “Black Friday,” November 26, exclusively through Metal Club, the North American indie store consortium that works to connect the metal community with their local “brick and mortar” record stores.
“Atrocity Vendor” will be paired with the Tom Araya/Jeff Hanneman-penned track “World Painted Blood,” and released in a clear sleeve on a red vinyl disc. Go to http://www.mymetalclub.com/ to find a Metal Store record shop near you.
Slayer’s Twenty-Ten has indeed, been quite a year for the band and its fans, beginning with Tom Araya’s successful neck surgery that now has him pain-free, the group’s fourth Grammy nomination, the band’s co-headline “American Carnage” tour with Megadeth, the historical summer series of “Big Four” Sonisphere European concerts, and the recently completed “Jagermeister Fall Music Tour” that Slayer co-headlined with Megadeth and featured Anthrax, the first time in two decades that those three band shared an American stage.
Plans for the band’s 2011 are currently being confirmed, but look for more touring, more music, and more S-L-A-A-A-Y-E-R!!!!!
As a grand finale to the Jägermeister Fall Music Tour, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King joined MEGADETH on stage last night (October 21) at the Gibson Amphitheater in Hollywood, California to perform Megadeth’s classic ‘Rattlehead’. This is the first time in 26 years that Kerry King has shared the stage with Megadeth since he played with the band during Megadeth’s very first shows in 1984.
Check out fan-filmed footage below:
Kerry King played Megadeth’s first three gigs: February 15th, 18th, and 19th, of 1984 in San Fransisco, CA.