Again in 2011, the long-lasting “Huge 4” invoice united thrash metallic icons Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax collectively for a handful of dates, and that is an expertise Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has been eager to copy for a while now. Actually, in a current interview, he as soon as once more put out the decision to Metallica to “step up” in order that one other “Huge 4” present may occur, maybe with a twist that Mustaine additionally advised.
Whereas talking with Songfacts, Mustaine voiced his want to play extra “Huge 4” dates even when it is only a solitary present. “I actually suppose it is time for the fellows in Metallica to step up, and us do one final spherical, see if we are able to get Slayer to return out of retirement and do a ‘Huge 4 passing of the torch’ to the brand new Huge 4,” acknowledged Mustaine.
“It might stay to be seen who they’re, however I’ve a sense it could embrace a few of the gamers we already talked about,” he continued, elaborating on the concept of “passing the torch” to a brand new era of gamers. Earlier inside that dialogue, Mustaine was pressed for a few of his favourite guitarists, with him mentioning members of Trivium, Lamb of God and Arch Enemy amongst his decisions.
Additional discussing his “Huge 4” revival proposition, the Megadeth chief acknowledged, “I believe it could be actually cool symbolically if we did one thing at like, the L.A. Coliseum, even when it is one present and that is it. Slayer is from Los Angeles, so it could most likely make it extra handy for them to go residence at evening. I personally have been hoping for this for some time, and I hold asking and asking and asking. They’re simply not into it. However that is as much as them.”
Whereas the Huge 4 have not performed collectively as a four-band invoice since these “Huge 4” reveals, varied combos of these 4 acts have carried out on different excursions collectively.
This isn’t the primary time that Mustaine has pushed for extra “Huge 4” collaboration. Earlier this yr, he additionally spoke in another interview about how he felt it could be nice if the “Huge 4” may unite to mentor younger bands. “The 4 of us nonetheless have a lot authority and energy and we may accomplish that many nice issues,” acknowledged Mustaine on the time.
The Megadeth frontman added, “[We could] have a gathering of the minds as these 4 figureheads – the metallic Mount Rushmore – and consider one thing particular we may do to essentially profit younger bands and musicians and artists.”
“It might be nice to assist them keep away from a few of the conditions we received into with contracts and substances,” says Mustaine. “As a result of most bands make their errors proper at first of their careers. I might like to be a mentor to a few of these guys and to essentially assist them out. That may be a extremely good method to give again.”
Again in 2018, Mustaine additionally pushed for another “Big 4” date to happen as a part of Slayer’s farewell tour, but it surely by no means got here to fruition.
At current, Megadeth have another present in 2022, collaborating within the Hell & Heaven Metallic Pageant in San Mateo Otzacatipan, Mexico on Dec. 4. However you’ll be able to search for Dave Mustaine and firm heading to Knotfest Australia for a sequence of reveals in late March subsequent yr in help of their newest album, The Sick, The Dying … and the Lifeless!. Sustain with their touring here.
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