San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS were added to the billing of the “Big Four” concert at September 14 at Yankee Stadium in New York City as the last-minute replacement for MEGADETH after it looked like Dave Mustainewasn’t going to be able to make the show.
Two days prior to the “Big Four” event in New York City, rumors spread that MEGADETH had pulled out of the concert so that guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine could undergo surgery for stenosis, a neck and spine condition that he says was caused by “years of headbanging.” Mustaine eventually had a change of heart and decided to go through with the performance, but struggled through the set due to the pain.
During an interview with Guitar World magazine conducted at the “Big Four” concert (see video below), SLAYER guitarist Kerry King stated about MEGADETH‘s near-cancelation, “I just felt bad for EXODUS, ’cause they were on the bill. They were working on flights [so they could make it to New York in time for the show]. And that got yanked. I mean, Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist who is touring with SLAYER as the temporary replacement for Jeff Hanneman] is gonna be here anyway, but the [rest of the] band EXODUS, I felt bad for them.”