METALLICA: Pro-Shot ‘Big Four’ Jam Footage From Gelsenkirchen Posted Online

Professionally filmed video footage of the July 2 “Big Four” jam at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany can be seen below.

A 17-minute clip featuring performance, meet-and-greet and tuning-room jam footage from the Gelsenkirchen concert can be found at

Gelsenkirchen was the first stop on the current European tour by the so-called “Big Four” bands of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX.

The highly anticipated onstage performance of the “Big Four” bands at the same time happened near the end of METALLICA‘s set, between “Enter Sandman” and “Battery”. Members of ANTHRAX and MEGADETH joined METALLICA on stage for a cover of DIAMOND HEAD‘s “Helpless” (with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine cranking out the guitar solo) before METALLICA ended the night with “Creeping Death”.

SLAYER couldn’t join the Gelsenkirchen jam due to their travel arrangements to get to the following night’s concert. Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) is filling in for ANTHRAX‘s Scott Ian on the tour and took part in the jam.

In announcing the Gelsenkirchen “Big Four” jam, METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield said from the stage, “We need to celebrate… The ‘Big Four’ is here… And also celebrate METALLICA‘s thirty years. Unbelievable! And these other bands aren’t far behind. Beautiful. And it’s through the love and support from all of our fans that keep us going for thirty years. So thank you! So we’re gonna play a song together. And maybe you’ve seen the [‘Big Four’] DVD where we played [DIAMOND HEAD‘s] ‘Am I Evil?’ We’re trying to mix it up a little bit, do some different songs. So we’ll see what happens… In the spirit and beauty of heavy metal and a jam, we’ll see what happens. Let’s invite everyone up here… We’re not sure who’s here . . . OK, this is a different songs from DIAMOND HEAD. Let’s see if we get it [right].”

METALLICA‘s setlist for the Gelsenkirchen concert was as follows:

01. Hit the Lights
02. Master of Puppets
03. The Shortest Straw
04. Seek Destroy
05. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
06. The Memory Remains
07. All Nightmare Long
08. Sad But True
09. Wherever I May Roam
10. The Call of Ktulu
11. One
12. For Whom the Bell Tolls
13. Blackened
14. Fade to Black
15. Enter Sandman


16. Helpless (w/ MEGADETH, ANTHRAX)
17. Battery
18. Creeping Death


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