“Shockwaves Skull Sessions” podcast episode #48 is the first of a “riveting” three-episode “Big Four” special, featuring returning guest and esteemed U.K. metal author Joel McIver, Craig Locicero from San Francisco Bay Area thrash titans FORBIDDEN and metal veteran Michael Huntsman as they join host Bob Nalbandian on yet another heated discussion thrashing out a discography deliberation on the first few albums of METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. This episode hones in on the early days of thrash metal.
Following the first U.S. “Big Four” concert in Indio, California on April 23, a second U.S. show featuring METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX has been confirmed for September 14 at the new version of the legendary Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York City.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told RollingStone.com after the Indio show that an East Coast date was coming, along with possible gigs in the South and Midwest, although he doubted a full tour would happen.
The all-day event in Indio featured the so-called “big four” bands of the Eighties thrash metal scene performing together on a U.S. stage for the first time ever in their 30-year careers.
A series of similar shows last summer in Europe was wildly popular, leading to demand for a U.S. version. The “Big Four” package will also head back to Europe this July.
All four bands were presented with awards for sales of a hundred thousand copies of a “Big Four” live DVD which was released late last year.