Dave Mustaine: 'I Didn't Say That No More Big Four Shows Can Happen'

Megadeth frontman addresses Tom Araya's comments about "the politics of character in one particular band" preventing new Big Four concerts.

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Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine recently addressed Slayer singer Tom Araya's comments about "the politics of character in one particular band" preventing new Big Four concerts, pointing out that he's not the one to blame.

"I didn't say that [no more "Big Four" shows were ever going to happen again]. I said that I'm not the one to ask," Dave said during a Metal Sucks podcast chat. "I love Tom. I think that all the hardship that we've had has been really sad, because, again, the media and stuff like that sometimes..."

Mustaine continued (via Blabbermouth), "People back in the day would try and propagandize everything I would say or put this inflammatory twist on whatever. There was things I did and said that caused some problems between Tom and I, and we worked it out.

"So, man, I have no problem with him or Anthrax or Metallica, so I don't know where that came from. It could be some really old stuff that got regurgitated again. But, you know, I buried the hatchet a long time ago with those guys," the frontman concluded.

Back in November, Araya told Gazette: "I don't want to say politics is preventing that. It's not the politics between bands; it's the politics of character in one particular band. We had an issue that came up on the New York show, which really freaked everybody out, but the New York show happened. I think, in all honesty, that was the last time we did the Big Four."

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    I wonder if Dave would be repulsed or pleased by how many of his comments turn into U-G articles. :/
    Tried them all... It's a scam guys. Non of the links worked...
    Dammit. I was REALLY looking forward to making $14k+ this month.
    I think he would be okay with it. But if U-G chooses to write about what he had for lunch or what cloth he wear, he might get annoyed, I know I would.
    not speaking about this thread, but in general, the more hate that I see Mustaine get, the bigger fan of him I become.
    Agreed he's a good man
    Too bad he can't sing too well.
    Even Dave himself admitted he's not much of an actual "singer", more so of a "vocalist". On top of that, whether I like the band or not, I respect when you can tell exactly who the band is instantly by hearing the singer
    I'm honestly surprised there hasn't been another Big Four show since Jeff's passing as a memorial type show in honor of him
    Simple, continue the big four without Slayer problem solved.
    You understand that doesn't really make sense, right? I'm all for Testament/Exodus filling in if Slayer were to end, but the "Big 4" are considered to be four very specific bands.
    Oddly enough I think it was Kerry King who said Machine Head should be on tour with the Big 4, not Anthrax. I think they'd have Slayer's blessing. Or Testament. I love me some Testament.
    So, Kerry King thinks that a band formed in 1991 should be in the Big Four of Thrash instead of a band formed in 1981 that actually helped pioneer the genre? Seems legit, Kerry King, seems legit.
    course the lead guy in machine head started off in the bay area in bands like forbidden and vio-lence so I guess they could be included wihout a damn problem course exodus or testament too no problem there either
    Vio-Lence ain't Machine Head. Some band members might have been in both bands, but those are 2 different bands and times. Gotta bring Sean Killian and Perry Strickland back and really thrash shit up.
    I wonder what that issue was.
    Mustaine had surgery shortly before the New York show and wasn't sure he could play. Exodus were flown in as a replacement, but at the last minute, Mustaine decided to go ahead and play and Exodus were left out. Tom clearly didn't like the way Mustaine did business
    Mustaine was actually in the ER the night before. He had the surgery done on his neck after the show. They told him not to do the show though because the way his neck was, one wrong move could have paralyzed him or ended his life.
    I think the Big Four should scrap Kerry King and Friends and bring Iron Maiden in
    Iron Maiden is perhaps a tad bit different from thrash metal. Though I'd pay an ass ton to see that tour.
    Nah, Iron Maiden are in their own big four if you ask me. As in, the big four of British Metal: Iron Maiden Judas Priest Saxon Motorhead
    I'd switch Saxon with Sabbath. But YES!
    I picked Saxon because it was the late 70s/early 80s where metal became more defined as a genre. Black Sabbath fit in with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple as the 3 bands who kickstarted it in the 70s.
    That is a hell of a good idea. I would pay big money to see that show
    the Big 4 is the Big 4 American thrash bands....the only bands that can be considered the big 4 are Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. In the absence of one of those bands you could drop in Testament, Overkill and possibly Exodus or Flotsam and Jetsam..just my opinion..I love Maiden but they are not thrash or american....