**UPDATE** BLABBERMOUTH.NET has received word that MEGADETH will in fact take part in this Wednesday’s concert as scheduled. A brand new video message from MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson confirming the band’s intention to play the show can be seen below.***
The original article follows below.
MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson revealed earlier tonight that the band may not play the “Big Four” show on Wednesday, September 14 at the new Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. While being interviewed by Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) for Revolver TV backstage at the “Metal Masters 2” clinic in New York City, Ellefson said that MEGADETH vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine injured his shoulder during the recently completed Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour and that he has not yet fully recovered. The bassist did emphasize that there were two more days left before the big event and he asked everyone to pray for the MEGADETH frontman so that the group would somehow be able to take part in the concert.
The so-called “Big Four of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — played their first U.S. show in Indio, California on April 23.
In a 2010 interview with Austria’s Stormbringer.at webzine, Mustaine was asked if the “Big Four” shows represented something special for him or if he saw them as just “another MEGADETH tour.” “Of course it’s special,” he replied. “It’s historical. It’s life-changing for a lot of people that were there. And I think the bragging rights for people who actually witnessed it versus somebody who saw it on YouTube or saw it in a movie theater or is gonna see it on the DVD that’s coming up… they weren’t there. So to actually watch it was a fantastic thing.
“Standing up on stage where I was [during the ‘Big Four’ jam at the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22, 2010], being able to look next to me, on either side being flanked by so much tremendous talent, it was great. It’s just one of those things where in the moment it doesn’t seem as enormous as it really is. After the fact, you look back and you’re like… You know, like when you survive a car crash, you don’t think it’s such a big deal until you watch it in slow motion, you’re thinking, ‘Oh, my god, I can’t believe I survived.’ So going up on stage was really, really amazing. Especially when I looked back and saw how everybody was embracing everyone and how I think that… If you were there, you would have heard when, through all the goodbyes and everything at the end, when James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] and I embraced, the whole audience went [wild], ’cause it’s what they’ve been waiting for. It’s what I think James and I both have been waiting for, too, so it’s a good thing. . . But yeah, I think it was really fun because of what we stand for in heavy metal. Me and James are like the ‘big daddies’ of this whole thing — we were the two guitar players that set the wheels in motion when the first tapes were made of METALLICA. I think it’s exciting now to look back and see all the millions of bands that have been created off what me and James did sitting in a room in Norwalk [California].”