||BIG FOUR TO PLAY UK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY
14th December 2010
Yes, it's really true. Sonisphere will be bringing together METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX in the UK for the first time in history to exclusively headline the Friday night at Knebworth.
Last summer saw the live debut of THE BIG 4 kick up a storm at several European Sonispheres, marking what was hailed as "the most significant event in the history of metal" at the time. Such was the demand that a live cinecast of the Bulgarian show saw over 130,000 people turn out to local cinemas, with reports of mosh pits breaking out in movie theatres.
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The recently released DVD of the event, which features all four bands collaborating on a cover of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil" as well as their individual sets, has only added fuel to the BIG 4 fire, with a frenzied demand for more performances in the countries not fortunate enough to play host last summer.
The question is: who's more excited – the fans or the bands themelves?
"Always excited to do big 4 shows", says SLAYER's KERRY KING, "Now England is in line to be devastated by this heavy metal powerhouse! Can't Fucking wait!!!"
MEGADETH mainman DAVE MUSTAINE states; "The Big Four Concerts are the most important, most exciting event to happen in the history of live concerts in our genre, and perhaps the entire music industry. I am glad to be a part of this enormous celebration of thrash, speed, and good ole heavy metal!"
"OH YEAH!!!" proclaims ANTHRAX drummer CHARLIE BENANTE. "Here we Come England! The Big 4 BABY! Can't wait to Get Metal Thrashing Mad for you Thrashers!"
ANTHRAX bandmate, guitarist SCOTT IAN concurs "Merry early Xmas present for us… more BIG 4 shows!!! The shows we did together with our brothers in Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth were not only the high point of 2010, but also some of the best shows Anthrax have ever played. Getting to share this with our friends in the UK will be amazing".
Given that 2010's event had sold out before IRON MAIDEN took to the stage, and the hugely exciting headliners set for next year, SONISPHERE can not guarantee that day tickets will be available for 2011, so fans are advised to get their tickets early to ensure they don't miss out on what is already shaping up to be the festival's most exciting year yet.
As previously announced, BIFFY CLYRO will headline the Saturday night with SLIPKNOT closing the Sunday. Beat that, Santa.