Gigs & Festivals

Thrash metal’s Big Four show to be beamed into cinemas

By | Published on Wednesday 9 June 2010

The so called Big Four of thrash metal, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, will appear on the same bill together for the first time in the world ever on this year’s Sonisphere touring festival, which will make its way around Europe between June and August. If you’re in the UK, you’ll have to wait until August to see them all in the flesh, by which time everyone else in Europe will already have done so.

This is clearly very unfair, but luckily Team Sonisphere have come up with a way to balance things out a little. On 22 Jun, the four bands’ performances from the Bulgarian leg of the tour will be broadcast via satellite, live and in high definition into 79 UK cinemas

In typically understated fashion, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich blurted at CMU: “Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal’s Big Four would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theatre near you in high definition (for better or worse!). Bring it on!”

Also reacting as if he’d only just heard the news, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian added: “Damn, as if this Big Four tour wasn’t exciting enough now we get to be on the big screen worldwide! Metal at the movies, two big horns up! It is unbelievably gratifying that this means so much to the metal community around the globe. Get your tickets, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!”

Slayer’s Kerry King proclaimed: “I can’t believe someone didn’t make this [tour] happen fifteen years ago! The fans finally get what they want. I think it’s awesome!”

And ensuring that all four bands are represented in quote form, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine squealed: “The magnitude of this event hasn’t really sunk in yet, and I am thrilled to know that people around the planet will be able to walk into a movie theatre and experience the greatest line up of heavy metal in the history of the world!”
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