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Big Four Tour - Thrash Metal Bands Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax

Updated on November 12, 2013

Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax - the Big Four Bands of Thrash Metal - Tour Together for the First Time Ever!

No one thought it would ever happen, but it's actually happening. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax on one stage, on tour in 2010 & 2011! The Big Four bands of thrash metal have united for the Sonicsphere Festival in the UK and France in 2011.

They visited Warsaw, Poland in June 2010, and continued to tour in the Czech Republic, as well as throughout the rest of Europe. Possible tour dates for the US have not been announced as of yet, except for a one-off date in Coachella on April 23, 2011 and an additional date on September 14, 2011.. For the first time in history, these four thrash metal bands will share the stage. Find out here the history of the bands, where you can get tickets for the Big Four Tour, and more information about the bands here!

You can also find the Big Four DVD Live from Bulgaria here featuring their historic 2010 concert, jam packed with nearly six hours of live music and behind the scenes footage!

So far, there have been no dates announced for a Big Four tour in 2012. If there is a news update, this page will be the first to bring you news about it! So far, there is no news about a 2013 Big Four tour. Disappointing, but true. On the Sonisphere home page, you can check out the graphic which features an announcement that some event will be taking place between July 4th-July 6th, 2014. Will this be the return of Sonisphere? And, will these bands be returning, or will entirely different bands be appearing instead?

Metallica Slayer Megadeth Anthrax tour
Metallica Slayer Megadeth Anthrax tour

Big Four Tour Dates and Tickets

Where to get tickets for the Big Four Tour in 2011

The Big Four announced their dates via their own website for the event. Get Big Four tickets here. With one date having been played in the USA, everyone is anticipating and hoping for more US tour dates for 2011 and beyond! The date for the sole US show was April 23, 2011, in the warm desert sands of Coachella, California. This was on the same grounds as the other Coachella Festival held one week prior featuring bands like The Strokes and Cage the Elephant. The show received excellent reviews from concert goers. Now the only question that remains to be answered... when are the rest of the dates? Lars Ulrich has recently stated that more shows are on the way in the USA, with hopes of an east coast show, and possibly a couple more, however, no full-fledged cross country tour.

Also announced is the Yankee Stadium Big 4 concert date set to happen on September 14, 2011. Be sure to get your tickets before this soon to be legendary show sells out. This is the perfect time of year to see a concert, so you might as well stay the night in New York City if you can and make a trip out of it.

Big Four UK Sonicsphere Festival 2011 tickets are available here (provided they aren't sold out).

Will there be more Big Four tour dates announced?

Hopefully yes. The information will be posted here as soon as we have new tour dates! See above to learn about the Yankee Stadium gig in 2011 featuring these four bands! As of September 2011, no new dates have been announced.

The Big Four tour for 2010 has concluded and was a huge success for the band. There was no drama, no missed shows, and no technical difficulties. If you're looking to see these four bands play together again, you're out of luck for now. However, Megadeth and Slayer are touring together on the "American Carnage" tour throughout America this year. Joining them also on some dates will be Testament, and Anthrax in late 2010. Dates have also been announced for 2011 in Europe. See below for more details on the American Carnage and European Carnage tours.

Will the bands play together again in the future? Several music news outlets have reported statements from Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Kirk Hammett, and Kerry King all unanimously saying they'd like to tour again in the future. Now the only question is, when? Will we see a 2011 Big Four Tour in the summer? So far, there's one single date in Coachella announced. In the meantime, keep reading for information on the American Carnage Tour, featuring three of the four "Big Four" bands. The future is looking bright for these four bands to tour in 2012 (the wait is killing us, we know).

Update for 2013: There is no news about a Big Four reunion tour. None of the band members have said much about this publicly. Was that really it?

Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax-Big 4-Live Sofia Bulgaria DVD - Also available on Blu Ray

Get a copy today of the Big Four tour live from Bulgaria!

The Big 4 Metallica Slayer Megadeth Anthrax: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria [Blu-ray]
The Big 4 Metallica Slayer Megadeth Anthrax: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria [Blu-ray]

A two disc set with behind the scenes interview footage, this chronicles the first time these four legendary bands have ever played on one stage, right onto one DVD (or Blu Ray). There are 10 Anthrax tracks, 12 Megadeth tracks, 12 Slayer tracks, and 18 Metallica tracks on the DVD set, encompassing the entire live performance. That's nearly six hours of headbanging!

 

Megadeth & Slayer 2011 European Carnage Tour Dates

European Carnage

It was announced Megadeth and Slayer will team up to play a string of dates in March through April in 2011 in Europe, in between Megadeth recording their 2011 album, TH1RT3EN. Here are the dates and places where these concerts will take place:

March

13 Kiev, Ukraine Expo

15 Moscow, Russia Olimpiski

16 St Petersburg, Russia Jubileeny

17 Helsinki, Finland Ice Hall

19 Stockholm, Sweden Arenan

20 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene

21 Aarhus, Denmark SCC

23 Brussels, Belgium Forest

24 Bamberg, Germany Stechert Arena

26 Paris, France Zenith

28 Madrid, Spain La Riviera

29 La Coruna, Spain Coliseum

30 Lisbon, Portugal Pavilhao Atlantico

April

1 Barcelona, Spain St Jordi Club

3 Rome, Italy Atlantico

4 Padova, Italy Gran Teatro

6 Zagreb, Croatia Arena

7 Vienna, Austria Gasometer

8 Budapest, Hungary Arena

10 Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena

11 Lodz, Poland Sportshall

13 Basel, Switzerland St Jakobshalle

american carnage tour
american carnage tour

American Carnage Tour

Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Testament tour

Not since the 1991 Clash of the Titans tour have these three thrash metal bands shared an American stage - Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. The American Carnage Tour, also dubbed the JÃGERMEISTER MUSIC TOUR, has been running throughout 2010. In late 2010, the tour will include Anthrax. Megadeth has been performing its classic thrash masterpiece, Rust in Peace, live on tour. Slayer has been playing its 1990 release Seasons of the Abyss. These two albums are celebrating a 20th anniversary release, with the albums played in completion. If you're a fan of the Big Four, then this is right up your alley.

Past dates 2010:

September

24 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Amph

25 San Antonio, TX AT&T Cente

26 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater

28 New Orleans, LA Lakefront Arena

30 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum

October

1 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center

2 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live

3 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater

5 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum

6 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena

8 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum

9 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion

10 Columbus, OH- Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

12 Louisville, KY- Broadbent Arena

14 Ft Wayne, IN - War Memorial Coliseum

15 Grand Rapids, MI - DeltaPlex

16 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom

19 Salt Lake City, UT - E Center

20 Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl

21 Hollywood, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre

Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield
Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield

Will There Be Any More Big Four Tour Dates?

There have been no announcements of any type that this tour will continue. In fact, the opposite has been stated by Kerry King of Slayer, who said the coordinating the four headlining acts on one stage was so hard to do, it's doubtful it will ever happen again.

Let's hope not.

In the meantime, Metallica makes plans for recording their new album, which guitarist Kirk Hammet has said to be more in the vein of the Black Album, but heavier (in contrast to 2011's panned collaboration with Lou Reed, Lulu).

Slayer is co-headlining Mayhem Festival with Slipknot in 2012, and recording a new album.

Megadeth released their acclaimed album Th1rt3en in November, 2011, and continue to tour in 2012 with Rob Zombie and Mustaine's own tour, Gigantour.

Anthrax released their most positively received album in years, Worship Music, in 2011. The band will also headline the side stage at Mayhem Festival in 2012.

Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer Perform "Am I Evil" - An unforgettable jam session on the Diamon Head classic

Members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax were together for the first time ever for the song "Am I Evil." Joey Belladonna, James Hetfield, and Dave Mustaine trade vocal duties, along with all of the other band members playing in unison. This is something to see and hear!

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir - The biography of Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine, of all of the members of the Big Four bands, probably has led the most interesting life of all. With a troubled childhood and a sudden rise to fame with Metallica, his ejection from the band turned into a bitter rivalry with his former bandmates, a meteoric rise with Megadeth, and a deep, unrelenting history of drug abuse. Read about the Godfather of thrash metal in this well reviewed autobiography book, "Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir" and his rise to greatness!

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir
Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

"Dave Mustaine, widely regarded as the "founding father" of Thrash Metal, almost singlehandedly created the enduring multiplatinum style that launched both Megadeth and Metallica into the public's consciousness. From 1985's Killing Is My Business . . . and Business Is Good to the most recent Endgame, with more than twelve album releases with Megadeth, Mustaine has left a legacy of music that has been described as everything from "poignant" to "insightful" to "angry" to "ironic."

 

Metallica - Death Magnetic - Metallica's latest release, a return to their thrash metal roots, just in time for the Big Four Tour

Death Magnetic
Death Magnetic

For over 20 years, Metallica shifted their style away from their thrash metal roots. 2008 marked a return to form for the band as they ripped into "That Was Just Your Life," the opener on this CD. One of their best CD's since "...And Justice For All," one can't help but eagerly anticipate the band's next step towards their origins by listening to this long-awaiting release from Metallica.

 

Dave Mustaine ala Macumba Madrid , February 29, 2008

Dave Mustaine ala Macumba Madrid , February 29, 2008
Dave Mustaine ala Macumba Madrid , February 29, 2008

Metallica Live in Sacramento, Dec 2009

Metallica Live in Sacramento, Dec 2009
Metallica Live in Sacramento, Dec 2009

Some of Megadeth's Latest Work - Dialectic Chaos + This Day We Fight - One of Megadeth's heaviest thrash riffs!

Here's a taste of Megadeth's incredible Endgame release:

James Hetfield, Metallica playing live

James Hetfield, Metallica playing live
James Hetfield, Metallica playing live

Kerry King Live Playing in 2006

Kerry King Live Playing in 2006
Kerry King Live Playing in 2006

The Big Four Concert at Yankee Stadium - One night only on the east coast! Get tickets on Ebay (while you can!)

This is it, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these four bands on the east coast! If you live on the east coast, then you'll want to make sure you clear your schedule for September 14, 2011. This is a historic arena and is destined to be even bigger than the Coachella gig in April. Here are the latest tickets that have popped up for sale on Ebay (get them while you can!):

Are You Going to the Big Four Tour? - Tell us about your Big Four metal Tour experience!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      amazing, would of lvoed to be there.. One is one of the greatest songs ever written !

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @HNCelica: I agree. The tour was way too short... More big four!

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      HNCelica 4 years ago

      Even though the American Carnage Tour was amazing, it did not feel complete without Metallica. More U.S. dates for The Big Four please!!!

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      markweiland 4 years ago

      Watched the DVD. These guys are legend! Great lens about the Big Four.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That had to have been a killer show

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      MrDrood 5 years ago

      Great concert, man! Metallica: the best :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Metallica ftw!

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      HNCelica 5 years ago

      Very tired of waiting for them to show up at my place :(. At least I got to see the Big Three without Metallica, still not the full experience. Better than nothing I guess! Great lens and I hope they'll tour more in the states!

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      mannasugar 5 years ago

      Didn't make the show, Love speed Metal...Awesome Lens....

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      TULSAMUSICnet 5 years ago

      There's going to be a lot of THUNDER on this tour. Lineup is salty!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      PLEEEASSEEEEE COME TO CROATIIAAA!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That was the best concert I have ever been too and probably will ever go to... Metallica totally kicked ass!

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      hinnenkamp1960 5 years ago

      it will be one heck of a good show

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      tstandiford 5 years ago

      I would love to go! Although I wish I was able to see the bands at their peak in the late 80's...

      Also, Did you see that Dave Mustaine is trying to get Metallica to form a supergroup with him? Maybe now that Dave is a tad older, the previous issues won't arise. What do you think?

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      tstandiford 5 years ago

      @QuinnWolf LM: What sound defines "thrash" to you?

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Excellent lens!

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      awesome lens.Love metallica, slayer, iron maiden....

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      marcy556 lm 6 years ago

      i love this lens. great tour you have here.

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      QuinnWolf LM 6 years ago

      Great lens but really don't consider Metallica or Megadeth thrash bands. Anthrax, yeah as Scott Ian was in SOD but to me, thrash is stuff like Municipal Waste, DRI, COC, etc

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      letsgoduke 6 years ago

      No :( wish I could've gone! Great lens, thanks for setting a good example for how to do a music lens right!

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      johnlfa 6 years ago

      Come to the UK please?!

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      mrniceguy11 6 years ago

      Great page. *blessed*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I went to the first one and am seriously considering traveling to New York for the second.

      It was an awesome show, amazing sound, all of the bands brought it hard and heavy. AWESOME.....

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      JessStone 6 years ago

      Wow great lens! That's a really nice pic of Kerry King!

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      wrg20 lm 6 years ago

      Metallica is one of the best rock bands of all time. The Metallica & Megadeth tour was amazing. Saw them at the United Center in Chicago. Great information.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      I love your lenses - excellent!!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Who would have ever thought we'd see Megadeth and Metallica playing together? Simply amazing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      come to canada toronto would be good....

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      TheBestGadgets 6 years ago

      wow, that's amazing. I was never a big Anthrax fan but the others used to be some of my favourites.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This HAS happened before! It was back in 1991, called "Clash of the Titans" tour. Alice in Chains opened for Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. What made it better is those sellouts Metallica was NOT on the bill. Saw this show at the old Pine Knob in Detroit. (Auburn Hills)

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      rollintide 6 years ago

      Going to try to make Spring Break over in Europe to catch a show!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @CleanerLife: Wut lol. Anthrax never had any commercial success.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      That sounds like quite a tour. Lensrolling to my Iron Man 2 soundtrack lens (which is really an AC/DC greatest hits album.)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A dream come true for many! Well done, my friend ~ you ROCK!

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      Yeti_Works 6 years ago

      3rd time is the charm, trying to finish this quest!

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      This is a dream tour for many of us!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nope, I live on the other side of world.

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      mom-247 6 years ago

      I live in Oz so can't go. Wonder whether they will ever make it here?

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      damagedinc 6 years ago

      I just went to this show in Las Vegas. They played @ the Pearl inside the Rio. No Metallica though. Just the big 3 not the Big 4

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      cooldiet 6 years ago

      Megadeth is technically superior.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Big fan of all of those bands. I wish I could go.

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      zapider 6 years ago

      4 biggest metal band

      i wish i could go.....

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      jctatum 6 years ago

      I didn't get to go but my husband went. Said it was great!

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      damagedinc 6 years ago

      Hell ya!

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      redflea13 lm 6 years ago

      Wish I could but I doubt they'll be anywhere close to me.

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      My son was into this music - especially Megadeth and Slayer. He's quite a good guitar and bass player himself...

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      Vraagar 7 years ago

      Man I wish I could go see this. I can't even begin to imagine how sweet that atmosphere would be. This lens is a favorite now for sure. I..I (>_<) I..I

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      CleanerLife 7 years ago

      Sounds like a great deal! Especially great for Slayer since they've never experienced the commercial success of the other three. This tour is a headbanger's dream come true! :)

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      Cyberspace LM 7 years ago

      Great Lens. Going to see 3/4. We get Iron Maiden instead of Metallica (Metallica was top of the bill last year). I wish it would be summer already. If you have time have a look at my lens http://www.squidoo.com/rockfinland2010