Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth And Anthrax To Tour Together?

Should this tour materialize, this would be the first time that the so-called "Big Four" of thrash have toured together as part of the same bill.

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Slayer guitarist Kerry King has told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine that he has heard through the grapevine that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is plotting a tour that would include Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.

Should this tour materialize, this would be the first time that the so-called "Big Four" of thrash have toured together as part of the same bill. Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax were joined by opening act Alice In Chains for the U.S. Clash Of The Titans tour in 1991, while Metallica and Megadeth last shared a U.K. stage at Milton Keynes Bowl in 1993.

In an interview conducted yesterday (Wednesday, September 2) in London, Metal Hammer asked Kerry if there had been a temptation to bring the co-headline tour that Slayer are about to embark on with Megadeth in Australia and Canada to U.K. shores.

"I think it would be cool but I knew we had this planned before all of this Megadeth stuff started happening," said King. "They're going to Australia with us, they're going to Canada again with us. I think it would be cool for the European fans to bring that over here because, shit, we didn't even consider playing with those guys since 1990."

So could it be possible that we could get a tour that includes the "Big Four?"

"I've heard people referencing Lars," said King. "I don't know Lars that well and I haven't heard it from Lars, but apparently he's talking to somebody about it. Maybe us, Metallica, Megadeth (and), I think he even threw in Anthrax and I said in this day and age, I know we had that time together, but how do you leave out Machine Head? There's better options than ANTHRAX and that's nothing against Anthrax, but they've just been in pieces for quite some time and that doesn't make as much sense to me."

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    shadesofanger wrote: Why not do it festival style. Machine Head Exodus Testament Lamb of God Anthrax Slayer Megadeth Metallica
    You take out LOG and Machine Head, sub in kreator and overkill and make a festival of 80s thrash, and i would kill my whole family for a ticket
    if this concert goes the the world might implode from the awesomeness
    ShestShestShest wrote: They need to kick metallica off the bill. Resurrect Paul Baloff. and get back Joey Belladonna. and have Megadeth Anthrax Slayer Kreator Testament Exodus Destruction Overkill Warbringer Mantic Ritual My band
    pfft! good 1! even tho metallica rnt tht good anymore and r a bunch of sell outs they still were 1 of the big 4 thrash bands. mabye they'll turn back into thrash if we're lucky!
    They need to kick metallica off the bill. Resurrect Paul Baloff. and get back Joey Belladonna. and have Megadeth Anthrax Slayer Kreator Testament Exodus Destruction Overkill Warbringer Mantic Ritual My band
    this would be nothing new all of the big three German thrash bands have toured together
    All the homos that said they only like Metallica and Megadeth should be removed from this board and placed under suspicion of being gay.
    the big four co-headline with maiden. now thats something i would sell my soul for
    hmmm even though i would prefer testament or exodus over anthrax since its the big four tour but we cant all expect it to be a complete thrash metal tour , they said theyd only began to plan the tour so i guess we're all quite curious to see how this can unfold espically with the metallica/megadeth feud over the years
    This tour would suck epically bad metallica megadeth slayer..... And I would not even be close to being able afford the ticket
    I'd love to see it. But IF it happens, I would almost certainly not be able to go. No one I know even likes/knows about any of those bands except Metallica. I prefer Metallica out of the big four, but I love the others as well.
    Let me add my bit, "The Big Four" name comes from the 1986 - 87 era of Thrash Metal; Metallica - Master of Puppets, Megadeth - Peace Sells, Anthrax - Among the Living, and Slayer - Reign in Blood. The best Albumns by the biggest Thrash bands of the day. Testament also had a good bit of noteriety and Exodus would be the next in line but MachineHead were nowhere to be found, therefore cannot be included in this conversation. What the f was Kerry thinking? You might like MachineHead better than any of these other bands but in the context of the "Big Four", they dont exist! This being said where do I get my Tix.
    kerry king can kiss my ass, Anthrax is part of THE BIG FOUR, not Machine Head
    ya there shuld b more thrash bands! but this is the big 4 of thrash! i mean it wont b the big 4 of thrash without 1 of them. tho atleast there shuld b opening acts like testament, exodus, machine head, and other good thrash bands.
    who would headline that?! they'd have to have rock, paper, scissors tournaments before they hit the stage.
    THAT WOULD BE SO EPIC!!! I always dreamed of seeing something this epic, *hopes it'll be true, and the tour stops by Montreal*
    I think Anthrax belongs on this tour, but I also think that Machine Head is at least 10x better, at least nowadays. Testament should be included too, they were around in the 80s too, so why can't there be a Big Five?
    wow that would be so sick they should add testament or evile or maybe even nevermore or maybe trivium! [I kid about the last] but really Mega and Metallica maybe dave can screw kirks wife
    Man, I have been dreaming about this since I ever got into metal years and years ago. Love Machine Head and all, but if there is a Big Four concert, leave it to the Big Four. Anthrax opens, Slayer follow, then Megadeth, then Metallica, with Dave coming out for a few songs. That would be ****ing sweet.
    i absolutely love the idea of this tour w/ anthrax!!! but if they have to replace anthrax with someone, it should be ovekill.
    hooooolllllyyyyy or mabe not holy, but anyways hooooolllllyyyyy sick bands, although i don't think that dave mustaine would get along incredibly well with kerry king or metallica...
    LOL, I heard King and Flynn had shit with eachother that they patched up during the Canadian Carnage tour (which was totally sick!) This would be like a ****ing dream tour!!!!!
    I think Dream Theater and Tool should do something like this only with prog even though they are on the opposite sides of the prog spectrum
    yeah, subtract Anthrax and add Testament. No offense, Anthrax is a little too...I dunno, anyone else think they seem like hair metal?
    Droid11 wrote: Seriously slayer blows. and anthrax, wtf. If anything it should be just Megadeth and Metallica. The two big dogs. Slayer and Anthrax aren't even on the same level as Mega and tallica. Megadeth isn't even on the same level as Metallica. Sry to say that but that's just the way it is. Tallica is just wayyyyy bigger than the rest.
    pfft! metallica may b more famous and make more money, but tht doesnt mean their better i mean megadeth is way better! tho i agree with u on the rest. megadeth and metallica r on the same level compared 2 the other 2.
    Vicryl 2.0
    hmmm I wonder if Scott Ian could invite the others to play Bring the Noise... pretty awkward to watch but damn that would be a party!
    I am complete! but seriously no machine head keep it big four...Or switch anthrax with testament.
    Replace Anthrax with Testament and you'd have the ultimate concert.
    Once again. Rumor's that will probably never happen just seem to find their way to the UG front page... Excellent marketing ploy for hits, though.
    jesous ****ing christ ....metallica megadeth SLAYER and anthrax...holy ball sack that would be a ****ing awsome concert ....but the ticket would be like expensive as hell