In a new interview with Metal Edge magazine. anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and guitarist Scott Yan they were asked if there was any possibility of more Big Four shows EXIT taking the place of MURDERERwhich officially retired after playing its last gig more than three years ago. Yan answered.Charlie may ask [METALLICA drummer] Lars [Ulrich] when she goes out with him in August.” referring to the fact that Benante number will be opened METALLIC this summer as reformed PANTHER. Charlie added; “Yes, I saw it [Dave] Mustaine [MEGADETH leader] was kind of fishing for it. I mean, I don’t know. I do not think METALLIC need to do it now. They will have so much going on over the next two years. [Laughs]”
Yan “Here is the following. [METALLICA] just announced their plans for the 23rd and 24th and I was looking at those dates this morning and thinking, PANTHER night and the other night FIVE FINGERS [DEATH PUNCH] night People will complain about it anyway PANTHER at night, and no one will appear the next night?
Benante “No way, they’ll be there.”
Yan “But then I stood up and said: [METALLICA] could just announce it as ‘The Night Out’ with no opening bands and they’d still sell out two nights at every stadium.” It doesn’t matter who opens. None of that matters. They don’t need support groups. They do it to make an event out of it, I guess, but they don’t need it.
“If the Big Four were ever to return, in any capacity, it certainly wouldn’t be until the 25th because they’ve already announced their plans. So let it go. Anyone who has a question about it. Big Four, hold that thought until 2025. [Laughs]”
The so-called “Big Four” of thrash metal of the 1980s. METALLIC, MEGADETH, MURDERER and: anthrax — played together for the first time in history on June 16, 2010 in front of 81,000 fans. Sonisphere: festival at Bemovo Airport in Warsaw, Poland and again shared the bill for six more shows Sonisphere: series in the same year. They reunited for several dates in 2011, including the final Big Four concert on September 14, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Since then, METALLIC, MURDERER and: anthrax played a number of shows together, including in 2013 Sound channel festival in Australia. They also performed in 2014 Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Mustaine In an interview in November 2022, he addressed the possibility of future “Big Four” shows Greg Prato about the facts of the song. He said. “I really think it’s time for the boys METALLIC rise and we perform the last round, see if we can reach MURDERER come out of retirement and make a Big Four, passing the torch to a new Big Four. It remained to find out who they were.
“I think it would be really cool symbolically if we did something at, like, the Los Angeles Coliseum, even if it’s just one show and that’s it,” he continued. “MURDERER It’s from Los Angeles, so it’s probably more convenient for them to go home at night. [Editor’s note: SLAYER‘s Tom Araya is a longtime Texas resident while Kerry King currently calls New York City his home. Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt live in Northern California.] Personally, I’ve been hoping for this for a while now, and keep asking and asking and asking. They’re just not into it. But it’s up to them.”
Still in 2018 Mustaine spoke about the “Big Four” in the interview “Trunk Nation LA Invasion. Live From The Rainbow Bar & Grill” on SiriusXM. When asked if there is a personal highlight for him out of all the Big Four shows MEGADETH played so far Mustaine “No. Everything was great. I can’t narrow it down to one thing. I know looking out into the audience and seeing everyone in black t-shirts before we started and then the rain started and all this. the rainbow umbrellas opened, it was the most beautiful thing. Because it went from this monochrome, really ugly place in the rain in Sofia, Bulgaria to colors and just beauty, and everyone was dancing and walking and in wheelchairs. going through people’s heads and stuff. They didn’t let the rain bother them. Me, I felt like I was sliding on the ice on the deck, ’cause it was really slippery.
Earlier in 2018 Mustaine said he would like to play a “Big Four” show where all the bands were “treated fairly” rather than METALLIC performing a longer set and getting more stage space than the other bands on the bill. “It was always kind of sad for me when you watch [METALLICA guitarist] Kirk Hammett say on DVD [‘The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria’]when they pray and he says “we are the Great” Mustaine told SiriusXM. “It just kind of shows how the mindset is that it wasn’t really the ‘big four’ but METALLIC and then the three of us.’
Mustaine “I’d like to see it done in a way that we’re all treated fairly and we all play together, the same amount of time, in the same stage situation, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. And that’s great because MURDERERhe will go down in history and they don’t need the Big Four to make them more legendary than they already are. Neither do I.”
Daft In 2017, he said that he believed that the idea of the “Big Four” would be revised again. He explained. “I see those shows as a kind of celebration, a real celebration of each other and a real celebration of the music that we all make, and a real celebration of the embrace of the audience. [what] we did. And why not have more than that?”
ten years ago MURDERER front man Tom Araya The only thing standing in the way of the Big Four’s future shows was “the politics of one particular band’s character,” and some fans assumed he was talking; Mustaine and: MEGADETH.
In his autobiography. “Mustain. Heavy Metal Memoirs”, Mustaine addressed the question of where his group fits into the Big Four. Agreed The New York Timeshe assured the reader that he was not offended by the hold-back MURDERER. But he added an inner monologue. “Okay, we’ll outplay you on this trip, and God willing we’ll do it again in the near future, and we can turn things around.”
Mustaine was a member METALLIC for less than two years from 1981 to 1983 before being fired and replaced Kirk Hammett. He continued to design MEGADETH and achieve global success on their own.
Mustaine argued with members METALLIC for more than two decades before finally being rectified in the last few years. He has jammed with former bandmates on and off Big Four shows several times METALLIC30th anniversary concerts in 2011