and current Volbeat
guitarist Rob Caggiano
has been speaking with HardDrive
(via Classic Rock
) about his experiences on the Big 4
As Caggiano notes, that the tour went off without a hitch was in part down to the peace-making efforts of Metallica
's James Hetfield
. "There was one really cool thing that happened at the start of the tour, and I've got to give it up to James Hetfield and those guys because I think it was a brilliant idea. "The first show we did was in Poland and he had the idea of getting everyone together to have dinner. It was this really private little Italian restaurant. Over the years there has been tension between the Big 4 bands, but that just cleared the air and really set the tone for the whole tour. "I think it was absolutely brilliant - we all walked out of that restaurant just totally excited about everything."
Caggiano went on to further praise the headliners and their treatment of the other bands on the bill:"It was magical, every night. Metallica would do this thing where they would call the other band members on stage to do a jam. For me that was the ultimate high. Words can't even describe that feeling. Those guys were awesome - they treated everybody so great."