Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will share the stage once again when they perform at the Santiago Gets Louder festival on 6 October in Santiago, Chile. The three “Big Four” bands will be joined at the event by Chilean extreme metal pioneers Pentagram.
The concert at Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida is being billed as Slayer’s final performance in frontman Tom Araya’s native country of Chile. Tickets for Santiago Gets Louder go on sale on 5 June.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo recently said that there has been no discussion about more “Big Four” concerts before Slayer finally calls it quits.
The so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax — played together for the first time in history on June 16, 2010 in front of 81,000 fans at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland and shared a bill again for six more shows as part of the Sonisphere series that same year.
They reunited again for several dates in 2011, including the last “Big Four” concert, which was held on September 14, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Since then, Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax have played a number of shows together, including the 2013 Soundwave festival in Australia. They also performed at the 2014 Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
During an interview with Australia’s “The Music” podcast, Trujillo was asked if the “Big Four” concept finally came to an end because Slayer are wrapping things up with their farewell tour.
“To be honest, I haven’t heard any conversations about the ‘Big Four,'” Trujillo responded. “We love Slayer — I love Slayer; they’re one of my favorite bands. And Anthrax is amazing. And that was great what we did a few years back. But I haven’t heard any conversations about that. I mean, obviously, we’re still in the middle of our tour. And I’m not sure what [the other bands] are doing. I know, yeah, Slayer is definitely on their final tour. I’m not even sure Slayer’s up for that or what.”
He continued: “It’s a weird question, because it hasn’t been talked about or discussed, because everybody is kind of in the middle of their stuff right now. So I don’t even know how to answer that. But I can say it was an incredible experience, and we all had a blast. And it was something that no one thought could really be done, and then it happened. And it was a beautiful thing. But, you know, I think at some point, everybody kind of moves on and they get wrapped up in their stuff, and that’s kind of where everybody’s at right now.”
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett said in a 2017 interview that he believed that the “Big Four” idea would be revisited again. He explained: “I see those shows as kind of like a celebration — a real celebration of each other, and a real celebration of the music that we all make, and a real celebration of the audience embracing [what] we’ve done. And why not have more of that?”
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