This is major news for anyone with a passion for the biggest names in '80s-era thrash – that means those of you who followed the careers of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax from the very beginning, or the next generation who learned to love them as much as old geezers like yours truly. Seriously, you're gonna want to break into the college fund (yours, or your kid's) for some tickets to next year's Sonisphere Music Festival, 'cuz this is big: the fest promoters have confirmed that the four bands I just named will be sharing the stage for the first time ever during this legendary European tour. There's been speculation for months, but now it can be told... so seek thee answers below the fold!
On June 16th, all four of these legendary bands will appear for the massive festival in Bemowo Airport, Poland, with another show in the Czech Republic three days later, and more shows to be announced soon. The artists involved put in their two cents' worth for the press release, obviously ecstatic to be part of an event that their collective fans have been craving – but never actually got – for nearly three decades.
Says Metallica's Lars Ulrich: “Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's big 4 would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time... what a mindfuck! Bring it on!” Slayer's Kerry King sounds equally amped about the event: “It's about fucking time this happened,” he says in his typically understated fashion, “and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome.”
Anthrax's Scott Ian was also floored by the history-making team-up: “No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this,” Ian said. “Imagine if The Beatles, The Stones, The Who and Zeppelin had done shows [together]? Or Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Motörhead... as a fan, that's how big I feel this is.” Megadeth's Dave Mustaine also considers this a “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for heavy metal fans,” going on to say that “If there are any heads left at the end of this festival that haven't banged, they don't belong there.” Amen, brother!
Check out the Sonisphere website for ticket info now!