MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and drummer Shawn Drover have posted a video update from the U.K. installment of the Sonisphere festival Knebworth House, where the “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX— will close the show tonight (Friday, July 8).
Says Ellefson: “DIAMOND HEAD are opening, so I guess it’s safe to say there will be a DIAMOND HEAD song for the closing jam tonight.”
Members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER have already performed two DIAMOND HEAD songs — “Am I Evil?” and “Helpless” — during previous “Big Four” events in Bulgaria, California, Germany and Sweden.
In a recent interview with LA Weekly, Ulrich was asked why DIAMOND HEAD‘s “Am I Evil?” was chosen as the song to be performed during last year’s first “Big Four” jam in Sofia, Bulgaria. “I can’t tell you a cosmic reason,” he replied. “We felt that you’re not going to invite people to come onstage and start playing a METALLICA song. That would seem a little selfish, so you want to find a cover song that had some resonance towards what’s going on. Everybody’s got different influences, different inspirations, but certainly the band DIAMOND HEAD has a lot to answer for when it comes to four bands playing out the desert in 2011 in terms of lineage. They’re probably one of the biggest reasons that we exist. When [Dave] Mustaine was in METALLICA, he was very inspired by them. I know DIAMOND HEAD may not have the same relevance for the boys in SLAYER, but you’ve got to find a happy medium at some point. We’ve got another half-dozen shows this summer. I would like to be a little more adventurous and not rely on the same song if there are continued jams. There are other things we can do, and I know that Tom [Araya] from SLAYER was talking about [METALLICA‘s] ‘The Four Horsemen’. Inviting the other bands to come up and play a METALLICA song just doesn’t seem right.”