SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX Making Another U.S. Run this Fall

SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX, who are currently on tour, will be making an additional run of U.S. tour dates via the 2010 Jagermeister Tour.

Tour dates:
September
24 Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX
25 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
26 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
28 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA
30 Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
October
1 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA
2 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
3 Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL
5 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
6 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
8 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, NY
9 Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
10 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
12 Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
14 War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN
15 DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
19 Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
20 The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV
21 Gibson Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA

The Big Four’s Sofia, Bulgaria Concert to Be Beamed to Movie Theaters Around the World

The “Big Four,” METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX, are bringing their historic European tour to the global stage by beaming the event via satellite to movie theaters around the world in a special HD cinematic event. These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980’s to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants have never shared the same stage until now. The legendary June 22nd concert from the tour’s stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria will air the same day in over 450 theaters in more than 140 markets in the U.S., as well as beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Delayed screenings are planned in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Tickets for “The Big Four: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX” go on sale starting today Friday, May 21st in the U.S. and internationally starting Friday, May 28th at participating theater box offices and at www.thebigfourlive.com, where fans can also view the event cinema trailer.

In December 2009, the bands announced that they would be joining forces to take part in the traveling Sonisphere Festival for only 7 shows across Europe. Now, this one-time only event from the Sofia show makes it possible for fans far and wide to participate in what otherwise is a very limited run of dates. The high-definition concert presentation will memorialize the event and the impact will be amplified globally with the cinema screenings, making the dreams of fans around the world over become a reality.

Lars Ulrich of METALLICA says of this historic announcement, “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 theater near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!”

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian says “Damn, as if this Big 4 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 tix, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!”

Declares SLAYER’s Kerry King, “I can’t believe someone didn’t make this happen 15 years ago! The fans finally get what they want. I think it’s awesome!”

Says MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine, “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 theater and experience the greatest line up of Heavy Metal in the history of the world!”

METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX to Share the Stage for the First Time

The world wide web has been abound with speculation on a possible “Big Four” tour for several months. Now, the UK/European Sonisphere can exclusively reveal that METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX will play together for the first time in history, in a move that will have metalheads across the globe frenzied with excitement.

Says Lars Ulrich of this historic announcement: “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!”

“It’s about fucking time this happened,” says SLAYER‘s Kerry King, “and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome.”

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement.

“People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984. That’s twenty-six years of expectation!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if The BEATLES, STONES, THE WHO and ZEPPELIN had done shows? Or SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN, MOTORHEAD? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that’s how big I feel this is.”

These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement to dominate the metal world in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. The metal giants have never before all shared the same stage, despite huge demand. But on June 16, 2010, METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX will take to the Sonisphere stage at Bemowo Airport, Poland, to make the dreams of headbangers the world over become a reality. A second Big Four appearance is planned for Sonisphere Czech Republic three days later, with more Sonisphere shows featuring the awesome combo to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

“This is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for heavy metal fans to see the four greatest heavy metal bands in American history back together on one stage,” concludes MEGADETH main man Dave Mustaine. “If there are any heads left at the end of this festival that haven’t banged, they don’t belong there.”

Tickets are available from www.sonispherefestivals.com.

ANTHRAX to Support IRON MAIDEN for Two Shows

Metal legends ANTHRAX have announced a short spring tour, kicking off with a warmup club show at Chicago’s Double Door on May 28th, 2008. The Chicago warm-up show will be the band’s first live performance with their new singer Dan Nelson. In addition to the band’s classic hits from their 25 year career, ANTHRAX will for the first time ever perform brand new material from their current writing sessions. After the warm-up show, ANTHRAX will then fly to Los Angeles and join IRON MAIDEN on their “Somewhere Back In Time” world tour.

ANTHRAX’s Charlie Benante says “Playing with IRON MAIDEN again is such a thrill for us! We can’t wait to be a part of these two magical nights.” Guitarist Scott Ian adds, “It is an absolute honor to be asked to open the Irvine shows for the Kings of Metal IRON MAIDEN. ANTHRAX’s tours with IRON MAIDEN are my all time favorites. Up The Irons!!!” Lastly, bassist Frank Bello exclaims, “I saw them 2 weeks ago and sang every word. They’re better than ever!! I can’t wait to play with them again!! Good times!!”

ANTHRAX is currently writing for their new album. This will be their first studio album since 2003’s We’ve Come For You All, and also their first album with Dan Nelson on vocals.

Tour dates:

May 28 – Chicago – Double Door (warm-up show)
May 30 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (direct support to IRON MAIDEN)
May 31 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (direct support to IRON MAIDEN)

SHADOWS FALL – Threads of Life

SHADOWS FALL have come a long way since their humble beginnings, having sold hundreds of thousands of albums, graced the Billboard charts, garnered a Grammy nomination, played on Ozzfest‘s main-stage, signed to a major label, and worked with producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER, STONE SOUR, RUSH). Threads of Life, their first for Atlantic Records, is a thrash-fest that portends a band staying true to their roots despite all the success, acclaim, and being on a major label. The riff-tastic affair is a blend of old ANTHRAX, a touch of IRON MAIDEN, and new school metalcore. Guitarists Jonathan Donais and Matt Bachand are impressive from the onset as is drummer Jason Bittner. Donais and Bachand serve up some scorching fretwork while Bittner keeps hella busy pounding about–certainly a thrash-worthy foundation. Besides the crisp production, the performance of those guys gives the album (and band) a touch of promise. In the past, the band were plagued by rather poor and juvenile arranging and songwriting, but they have made some strides in that department. Riffs are no longer such a jigsaw mess (but variation and dynamics still leave a bit to be desired). Ultimately, SHADOWS FALL are still doomed by vocalist Brian Fair‘s mostly throwaway vocals. His atonal “clean” singing is horrific enough at times to make the hair on a cat stand up, while his “scream” singing is pretty one-dimensional in range and character. While SHADOWS FALL have come a long way, they still have long way to go if they want to take their music to the next level. Until then, they’ll still be just an overrated quintet from Springfield, Massachusetts. (Atlantic Records)