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The Big Four Booked For U.K.’s Sonisphere


Oh, good for them!
So that’s what Dave Mustaine meant last week when he Tweeted there’d soon be a “Big” announcement.

Yes, folks. As usual, the Europeans are getting awesomeness once again as the “Big Four” — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax — have been tapped to headline the first night of next year’s U.K. installment of the Sonisphere festival, which will take place July 8. Slipknot close out the festival July 10.

Holy fuck! What this probably means is the Big Four Tour that has been hyped the last fucking four years will now inevitably come to the United States. Let’s hope that announcement comes in early 2011. The Big Four Tour needs to happen. It would be an epic misstep not to book this tour and cash in on what will be one of the biggest draws in heavy metal history.

This tour will happen, because Lars Ulrich — drummer of Metallica — all but said this year that his band just needed a little breather but that a Big Four trek could be possible in the next year or so. Didn’t he say that?

“As soon as the ‘Big Four’ gigs started rolling across Sonisphere festivals in Eastern Europe last summer, we all felt we were part of something special,” Lars says in a press release. “The vibe within the bands was more than anyone had anticipated and the vibe with the fans was so next level, it completely blew our minds…there was no way this should not happen again! So I am beyond psyched that the first ‘Big Four’ show in Western Europe will take place on the hallowed grounds of Knebworth, where so many unique and special gigs have happened over the years.”

Dave didn’t hold back either: “The ‘Big Four’ concerts are the most important, most exciting event to happen in the history of live concerts in our genre, and perhaps the entire music industry. I am glad to be a part of this enormous celebration of thrash, speed, and good ole heavy metal!”

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