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!”

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SLAYER to Perform Seasons in the Abyss, MEGADETH to Perform Rust in Peace Live

MEGADETH and SLAYER have confirmed that they will each perform, start to finish, their 1990 releases – SLAYER‘s world-wide, million-selling Seasons In The Abyss and MEGADETH‘s Platinum Rust In Peace – on the upcoming Canadian and American Carnage Tours. The six-date Canadian Carnage kicks off July 23 in Quebec City, while the 19-city American Carnage dates begin August 11 in Glens Falls, NY (complete itinerary is below). With SLAYER and MEGADETH co-headlining, TESTAMENT will be special guest on all dates.

“Right after the surgery,” said Tom Araya (SLAYER), “I could tell that the issue was fixed. There’s no more pain, it just feels really good. I’m really excited and I’m anxious to get together with the rest of the guys and start rehearsing again. We cancelled two tours, and I don’t feel great about that, but I couldn’t deal with the pain anymore, and that’s now completely gone. I know the fans are excited to see the band – the tour is on, we’re keeping our word, there will be no more cancellations.”

Complete dates are as follows:

Canadian Carnage
July
23 Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC CANADA
24 Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC CANADA
26 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS CANADA
27 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB CANADA
29 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT CANADA
30 John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT CANADA

American Carnage
August
11 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
12 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
14 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
15 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
16 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
18 Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
19 Joe Lewis Arena, Detroit,MI
20 UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
23 Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO
26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
27 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
30 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
31 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA

September
1 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
3 Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
4 Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR

Dave Ellefson Rejoins MEGADETH

MEGADETH founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has announced the return of original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group. This reunion is appropriately timed to MEGADETH’s upcoming historic month-long Rust in Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA. At these incredibly special shows, MEGADETH will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust in Peace in its entirety, in addition to other MEGADETH favorites.

“This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness,” Mustaine says. “David Ellefson belongs in MEGADETH. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked…HARD!”

David Ellefson concurs: “This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career.”

Ellefson will join Mustaine and MEGADETH band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group’s current CD Endgame.

“We’d like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best,” Mustaine adds.

SLAYER, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT Announce New Dates for the “American Carnage” North American Tour

SLAYER and MEGADETH are thrilled to announce the new, confirmed routing for the American Carnage North American Tour, which will commence with the rescheduled Canadian Carnage East dates in Quebec City on Friday, July 23. SLAYER will then head to Europe for a run of festival dates, returning to kick off the American Carnage leg in Albany, NY on August 11. American Carnage will play 26 dates across the United States and Eastern Canada up to the Labor Day weekend, ending in Portland, OR on September 4. TESTAMENT will be special guest on all shows. Tickets purchased for the American Carnage shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for these rescheduled dates. Complete information regarding ticket sales can be found at www.slayer.net, www.megadeth.com, and www.testamentlegions.com.

Due to venue availability and other conflicts, the shows originally scheduled in El Paso, Houston, Nashville, Duluth, and Louisville cannot be rescheduled at this time, and ticket holders may obtain refunds at point of purchase. However, new cities have been added to the American Carnage itinerary, with dates now scheduled in Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego, and Sacramento. The confirmed, complete itinerary is below.

The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to SLAYER‘s vocalist/bassist, Tom Araya‘s ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a Cervical Radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate. That surgery took place early last week.

“The doctors said that Tom‘s surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success,” said Rick Sales, long-time SLAYER manager. “He’s home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably.”

Shortly after the surgery, SLAYER‘s Kerry King received a text from Tom: “Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better.”

The complete, confirmed itinerary for the American Carnage North American Tour is as follows:

July:
23 Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC CANADA
24 Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC CANADA
26 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS CANADA
27 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB CANADA
29 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT CANADA
30 John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT CANADA

August:
11 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
12 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
14 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
15 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
16 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
18 Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
19 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit,MI
20 UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
23 Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO
26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
27 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
30 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
31 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA

September
1 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
3 Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
4 Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR

SLAYER, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT Tour Cancelled; Tom Araya Forced to Undergo Back Surgery

The American and Canadian Carnage Tour, featuring SLAYER, MEGADETH, and TESTAMENT, have been cancelled due to SLAYER‘s Tom Araya needing to undergo back surgery.

Araya began experiencing back problems while on the band’s Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour last October. Upon returning from that tour, he saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed a Cervical Radiculopathy. Initially declining surgery, the specialist recommended a series of minimally-invasive procedures. While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. The surgical procedure that Araya will undergo, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent.

SLAYER manager Rick Sales commented, “Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot, but they just haven’t handled the problem, so he’s biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month. As unfortunate as this is for so many people – the MEGADETH and TESTAMENT camps, the concerts’ promoters, and, of course, the fans – Tom‘s health is the number one priority, and this has to happen.”

The tour, which was set to kick off January 18th, will be rescheduled. Tickets already purchased for those shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates.

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.

MEGADETH, SLAYER, TESTAMENT to Team Up for “American Carnage” Tour

MEGADETH and SLAYER have announced that they will co-headline the “American Carnage” tour. TESTAMENT will be opening all date on the tour.

American Carnage” will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20. Ticketmaster is offering a special presale for most shows from Wednesday, November 18 at 10am until Thursday, November 19 at 10pm.

The tour is the first time that MEGADETH and SLAYER will have toured the U.S. together since 1991’s epic “Clash of the Titans” tour. To celebrate that and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, MEGADETH and SLAYER have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the “1991 price” of $10.00. These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone. MEGADETH has also teamed with iloveallaccess.com to provide an Ultimate Fan Package including premium seats, meet and greets, pre-show parties and more.

In addition, TESTAMENT – who was also on the “Clash of the Titans” bill, will be Special Guests on the entire tour, marking the first time that all three bands have shared a stage together in more than 18 years, and making this a “must see” metal event.

Slayer and Megadeth are also re-scheduling the east coast leg of the “Canadian Carnage” tour, postponed from this fall.

JANUARY

18 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*

19 Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – tickets sold via www.rosequarter.com

21 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA*

22 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA* (tickets on sale 11/21)

23 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ**

25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO*

26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM*

27 El Paso Coliseum, El Paso, TX*

29 Verizon Wireless, Houston, TX**

31 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN*

FEBRUARY

1 Gwinnett Arena, Duluth, GA* (tickets on sale 11/20)

2 Broadbent Arena, Louisville, KY* (tickets on sale 12/4)

4 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN* (tickets on sale 12/4)

5 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL* (tickets on sale 12/4)

6 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI*

9 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT**

11 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ*

13 Susquehanna Center, Camden, NJ*

14 Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA*

16 Pavillon de La Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC – tickets sold via Billetech.com

18 John Labatt Centre, London, ON – tickets on sale 11/27 via JohnLabattCentre.com

19 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – tickets sold via Ticketmaster.ca

20 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC – tickets sold via Admission.com

22 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB – tickets sold via MonctonColiseum.com

23 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS – tickets sold via TicketAtlantic.com

* tickets sold through Ticketmaster
** tickets sold through LiveNation.com

MEGADETH – Endgame

If you needed any indication as to what Endgame would sound like, you only need to look to MEGADETH‘s last album, United Abominations. The band open the album with power and style with the instrumental, “Dialectic Chaos,” which sounds heavily inspired from MAIDEN‘s Powerslave. The song is quickly followed by Endgame‘s most intense song, “This Day We Fight,” which features the classic MEGADETH fast, thrashing riffs. However, the album then takes on its true form starting with “44 Minutes.” The remainder of Endgame is more in line with the streamlined mainstream metal approach that the band forged in the 90’s. Thus, there are big choruses, more space for the songs to breathe, and an overall pacification of heaviness and intensity. But then again this is the path that Dave Mustaine has chosen to take MEGADETH for the majority of its existence.

The recruitment of JAG PANZER lead guitarist, Chris Broderick, is a good addition to the band’s line up. Broderick is better suited than departed lead guitarist, Glen Drover, with his shredding skills. An example of his skills can be heard on “1,320” in which he and Mustaine trade solos at a frantic pace. However, Broderick‘s performance on the album is not a tide turner.

Endgame is by no means a bad album. Though it’s better than its predecessor, it’s still not good enough when you measure it up against MEGADETH‘s classic albums nor albums such as Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings. There are quality moments and sour ones. At the end of the day, it’s all up to the listener to decide whether they regard MEGADETH as musically relevant in 2009. (Roadrunner Records)

MEGADETH: New Album, Endgame, Out in September

MEGADETH have announced Endgame as the title of their twelfth studio album. The album is tentatively scheduled for a September release through Roadrunner Records.

Endgame was recorded at the band’s brand new, self-built studio, Vic’s Garage, located near San Diego and named after their iconic Vic Rattlehead character (seen on the band’s album covers). Production duties were shared between Andy Sneap, who produced the band’s 2007 United Abominations album, and frontmand Dave Mustaine. Some track titles include “Headcrusher,” “1,320” “How the Story Ends” and “This Day We Fight!

Mustaine commented: “Thematically, I’ve never been known to be a silent bystander in a world that needs our participation. As more is revealed about our former President’s legacy, a little-known yet staggeringly frightening document which was signed into law, named Endgame, has been uncovered. The album Endgame is the most energetic music offering I have penned in over a decade and is far more believable than knowing someone signed Endgame -the document- into law. The album is also the perfect ‘ass-kicking’ music to listen to once you are done reading the aforementioned document!

“This new album is my proudest moment since the famous (or infamous) Rust in Peace album. With this album, I am also very excited to be introducing my new lead guitarist Chris Broderick to the world. I have always felt lucky to have had top shredders in that position, but after touring with Chris in support of my last album, I couldn’t wait to get into the studio and see what he could do.”

A six-minute video, via the official MEGADETH fan club, features Andy Sneap describing the process of mixing “Headcrusher.” Watch the video:

EARLY MAN @ Spaceland, Silverlake (3/26/09)

Remember that feeling early ANTHRAX, METALLICA, and MEGADETH records gave you? Well, despite press releases and marketing blurbs, bands like SHADOWS FALL never truly elicit those vibes. This reviving crop of “retro thrash” bands on the other hand (like MUNICIPAL WASTE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, and EARLY MAN), certainly tap into said old school charm… and with no modern relevance whatsoever. And therein lies the beauty.

This night at Spaceland in Silverlake, EARLY MAN took to the stage like out of a Cliff ’em All segment with every heavy metal cliche intact… the clothes, the hair, and of course the music. The crowd, an older demographic (and generally subdued in typical LA fashion), were prepped to immerse themselves in some furious metallic nostalgia. And that, they delivered.

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