MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine believes that there should be at least one more “Big Four” concert featuring his band, METALLICA, ANTHRAX and SLAYER
The christened “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal took the stage on the same bill together for the first time in history on June 16, 2010 at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland in a momentous event. The four legendary bands went on to play together again for another six shows that same year as reconvening for some American dates in 2011 with the final “Big Four” concert taking place on September 14, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. That particular show marked the last time the four groups would share a stage.
Mustaine discussed his feelings about future “Big Four” shows in a new interview with Songfacts. He said: “I really think it’s time for the guys in METALLICA to step up and us do one last round, see if we can get SLAYER to come out of retirement and do a ‘Big Four‘ passing of the torch to the new ‘Big Four‘. It would remain to be seen who they are.
“I think it would be really cool symbolically if we did something at, like, the L.A. Coliseum, even if it’s one show and that’s it,” he continued. “SLAYER is from Los Angeles, so it would probably make it more convenient for them to go home at night. I personally have been hoping for this for a while, and I keep asking and asking and asking. They’re just not into it. But that’s up to them.”
It should be noted that since the “Big Four” concerts wrapped in 2011, METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX have played a number of shows together, including appearing at the 2013 Soundwave festival in Australia as well as the 2014 edition of the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Back in 2013, when asked about further “Big Four” shows, SLAYER frontman Tom Araya said that the only thing that was standing in the way of further concerts was “the politics of character in one particular band,” which led to speculation about Dave Mustaine and MEGADETH being that preventative factor.