When Megadeth posted on their Facebook January 24, that Big Four dates would be announced for America, I was ecstatic. To see these bands together would be a huge honor as a music fan but quite possibly the biggest honor for a heavy metal fan. Now when I say Big Four, I mean, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. These four bands were at the forefront of the thrash genre and they are also the most successful bands, not only of thrash but also thrash and music in general.
I have seen Slayer and Megadeth twice, once even together along with Testament. But to see at least one Big Four show would be amazing. I along with a lot of fans expected at least a semi tour consisting of 5 -10 dates spread out over the country. I hoped Phoenix would get one of those dates. When I woke up on January 25, I was greeted to the announcement that the Big Four would be doing one date in Indio, California on April 23 and no more. I was a little taken back and a little disappointed. I understood the logic. The concert would be held one week after Coachella, they would use the same stage and it would be on the same grounds as Coachella, so a lot of people could attend. At first I thought to myself, “I hope that they tour the states soon.”
But then I realized…I can go to this. Indio is three hours away. I can make this happen. To make a long story short, I got tickets and will be making the trip along with my brothers, my friend Dan and my other friend Tyler. Even if they do eventually do a Big Four tour of the states. I will be able to say that I was at the first one and to be able to see it live and not on DVD, like I did when they released “The Big Four:Live in Sofia,” will be a pleasure.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was quoted as saying, “That we are testing the waters and seeing how the fans react.” I am willing to bet that people will turn out in droves to see this event and that a few more U.S. dates will be on the way. But I will attend the first one but these egos are so fragile and so much history has happened between these musicians, I wouldn’t be surprised if this “friendship” between the bands doesn’t last much longer.