'BIG 4' Heading to the US? Not Quite Yet
Published: September 16, 2010 - 6:58pm
Earlier this summer, the metal world was set on it's collective ear at the news that THE concert they had been clamoring for would finally take place. After decades of asking for it, the fans would finally get to see Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica on the same bill.
Unfortunately for US fans, none of the concerts took place stateside. Fans stateside had to go to specific theaters to watch recorded, abbreviated sets (the entire sets of each band were recorded for DVD and more info on that can be found HERE) and, while fans seemed to like it, it was clear that what they really wanted was to be there (or they, here; as the case may be). Recently, Metallica's drummer Lars Ulrich was asked about the popularity of the shows and if there was any chance of the 4 teaming up again.
Although Ulrich says that he's looking forward to taking "at least six months off" once the band completes its current tour this fall, he added, "I would champion trying to do (the 'Big Four' tour) in 2011 or 2012, obviously in England and the United States. It's just a matter of logistics."
So there you have it true believers, all is not lost for the hope of seeing the pioneers of thrash metal live and in person.
Fans of Metallica specifically might be interested in what the band plans to do in the meantime. Speculation is that they are looking to do about 10 shows that would rival Pink Floyd's "The Wall" live set.
Ulrich admitted that such a project has been on the band's minds, saying, "We have been kicking some ideas around about doing some stuff that — how shall I say it — is pretty theatrical . . . We might incorporate a lot of different ideas, instead of it being one particular thing. It would be a multitude of theatrical elements, maybe as an idea for a one-off tour or something."
No doubt, as with most of Metallica's decisions, this will cause polarized reactions from fans. Love 'em or hate 'em, there is no denying that the world's most popular metal band will do whatever they choose (and most likely be successful at it).