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BIG 4 Announces East Coast date at Yankee Stadium.
April 29, 2011
THE BIG 4, the tour package featuring the "Big 4" of 80's Thrash - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, has announced another US date on the East Coast, September 14th at Yankee Stadium. Tickets go on sale May 4th. The "BIG 4" played their first, sold-out, US date last weekend in Indio, CA.

For more info: www.metallica.com or facebook.com/thebigfour

 
 
 
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The 'Big Four' DVD Due Out November 2nd
September 25, 2010
When the "Big Four," Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, shared a stage together on June 22nd, 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria, it was the moment their fans had waited decades for. That monumental show was beamed live into over 1000 theatres worldwide via satellite in a special HD cinematic event.

On November 2nd, 2010, this legendary concert will be available on DVD through Warner Bros. Records. 'The Big Four Live From Sofia' includes full shows from all four bands on a two-disc set as well as behind the scenes and interview footage.

In addition to the two DVD set and the corresponding Blu-Ray, there will be a limited edition "Super Deluxe" Box Set including the 2 DVD set, five CD's with ALL 5 HOURS of music, a 24 page booklet, a two-sided poster, photos of each band, and a collectable Big 4 guitar pick.

These four acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980's to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants had never shared the same stage. The legendary June 22nd, 2010, concert from the tour's stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria aired the same day in 79 movie theaters in the U.K, over 450 theaters in over 140 markets in the U.S., as well as being beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

In December 2009, the bands announced that they would be joining forces to take part in the traveling Sonisphere Festival for only 7 shows across Europe. This one-time only event, from the Sofia show, made it possible for fans far and wide to participate in what otherwise was a very limited run of dates.

Lars Ulrich of Metallica says of this historic show, "Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's Big Four would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!"

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says, "Damn, as if this Big 4 tour wasn't exciting enough now we get to be on the big screen worldwide! Metal at the movies, two big horns up! It is unbelievably gratifying that this means so much to the metal community around the globe. Get your tix, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!"

Declares Slayer's Kerry King, "I can't believe someone didn't make this happen 15 years ago! The fans finally get what they want. I think it's awesome!"

Says Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, "The magnitude of this event hasn't really sunk in yet, and I am thrilled to know that people around the planet will be able to walk into a movie theatre and experience the greatest line up of Heavy Metal in the history of the world!"

The full tracklisting is:
Anthrax [DVD 1/CD1 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. Caught In A Mosh 6:07
2. Got The Time 3:41
3. Madhouse 4:39
4. Be All, End All 7:44
5. Antisocial 6:55
6. Indians / Heaven & Hell 9:48
7. Medusa 5:54
8. Only 6:44
9. Metal Thrashing Mad 2:44
10. I Am The Law 7:13

Megadeth [DVD1/CD2 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. Holy Wars... ¦ The Punishment Due 5:49
2. Hangar 18 5:39
3. Wake Up Dead 3:39
4. Head Crusher 3:49
5. In My Darkest Hour 4:59
6. Skin O' My Teeth 3:14
7. A Tout Le Monde 4:24
8. Hook In Mouth 4:39
9. Trust 5:09
10. Sweating Bullets 4:59
11. Symphony Of Destruction 4:09
12. Peace Sells / Holy Wars Reprise 9:40

Slayer [DVD1/CD3 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. World Painted Blood 6:27
2. Jihad 4:29
3. War Ensemble 5:11
4. Hate Worldwide 3:09
5. Seasons In The Abyss 6:24
6. Angel Of Death 5:29
7. Beauty Through Order 5:14
8. Disciple 5:04
9. Mandatory Suicide 4:24
10. Chemical Warfare 5:39
11. South Of Heaven 4:19
12. Raining Blood 5:00

Metallica [DVD2/CD4/CD5 - 2 Hours Approx]:
1. Creeping Death 6:24
2. For Whom The Bell Tolls 4:29
3. Fuel 4:19
4. Harvester Of Sorrow 6:44
5. Fade To Black 7:39
6. That Was Just Your Life 6:46
7. Cyanide 6:27
8. Sad But True 7:44
9. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 6:04
10. All Nightmare Long 9:04
11. One 7:04
12. Master Of Puppets 8:37
13. Blackened 7:57
14. Nothing Else Matters 5:24
15. Enter Sandman 6:33
16. Am I Evil? 7:07
17. Hit The Lights 3:28
18. Seek And Destroy 7:44
 
 
 
 
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Testament Announce Brand New Set For American Carnage
April 30, 2010
Bay Area thrash legends, Testament are rehearsing their new set for American Carnage. Testament promises to deliver a modern and most brutal set of songs among some hidden gems, sure to incite multiple mosh pits (old-school style). Fans can expect to hear favorites from 'The Gathering', 'Demonic', and their recent award winning 'The Formation Of Damnation'.

Complete Testament American Carnage tour dates with Slayer and Megadeth listed below:

Canadian Carnage:
7/23 - Pavillon de la Jeunesse - Quebec City, QC Canada
7/24 - Heavy MTL - Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC Canada
7/26 - Metro Centre - Halifax, NS Canada
7/27 - Moncton Coliseum - Moncton, NB Canada
7/29 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ONT Canada
7/30 - John Labatt Centre Center - London, ONT Canada

American Carnage:
8/11 - Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY
8/12 - Izod Center - East Rutherford, NJ
8/14 - Tsongas Arena - Boston, MA
8/15 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
8/16 - Chevrolet Theatre - Wallingford, CT
8/18 - Tower City Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH
8/19 - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
8/20 - UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
8/21 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN
8/23 - Cap Fed Park @Sandstone - Kansas City, KS
8/25 - Magness Arena - Denver, CO
8/26 - Tingley Coliseum - Albuquerque, NM
8/27 - Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
8/29 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA
8/30 - Long Beach Arena - Long Beach, CA
8/31 - Cow Palace - San Francisco, CA
9/01 - Arco Arena - Sacramento, CA
9/03 - Wamu Theatre - Seattle, WA
9/04 - Washington County Fairgrounds - Portland, OR

For more info, visit:
http://www.testamentlegions.com/
 
 
 
 
 
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Megadeth, Slayer To Play 'Rust', 'Seasons' On Carnage Dates
April 26, 2010
Megadeth and Slayer, who last toured the U.S. together 19 years ago on the "Clash of the Titans" extravaganza, have confirmed that they will each perform, start to finish, their 1990 releases - Slayer's world-wide, million-selling 'Seasons In The Abyss' and Megadeth's Platinum 'Rust In Peace' - on the upcoming Canadian and American Carnage Tours. The six-date Canadian Carnage kicks off July 23 in Quebec City, while the 19-city American Carnage dates begin August 11 in Glens Falls, NY (complete itinerary is below). With Slayer and Megadeth co-headlining, Testament will be Special Guest on all dates.

Tickets purchased for the Canadian and American Carnage shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Complete information regarding ticket sales can be found at www.slayer.net - www.megadeth.com - www.testamentlegiions.com.

Nineteen hundred and ninety was one stellar year for fans of intense heavy metal, as both 'Rust In Peace' and 'Seasons in the Abyss' are considered to be among the genre's all-time classics. "War Ensemble," "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due," "Dead Skin Mask," "Hangar 18," "Seasons In The Abyss" - the preeminent list of metal standards that these two albums spawned has rarely been matched by others. Scroll down to see the original music video (shot in Egypt) for Slayer's "Seasons In The Abyss," and "Holy Wars," Megadeth's first music video from 'Rust In Peace'.

Slayer
scored a major breakthrough upon the original release of 'Seasons In The Abyss' (Slayer's fifth studio album overall), as it was the group' first album to hit the U.S. Top 40, and saw Slayer playing to the biggest crowds of their career on 91's "Clash of the Titans" tour.

Megadeth's
fourth album, 'Rust In Peace', saw the band cement their status as one of the most important metal bands with masterpieces like "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due," as well as a top 25 debut on the Billboard charts. The album has been hailed as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time with IGN recently naming it one of the most influential metal albums ever. Megadeth is now rejoined by original bassist Dave Ellefson and are firing on all cylinders.

The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be postponed due to Slayer vocalist/bassist Tom Araya's treatment for severe back pain, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. A surgical procedure in January corrected the problem once and for all, and he felt better almost immediately.

"Right after the surgery," said Araya, "I could tell that the issue was fixed. There's no more pain, it just feels really good. I'm really excited and I'm anxious to get together with the rest of the guys and start rehearsing again. We cancelled two tours, and I don't feel great about that, but I couldn't deal with the pain anymore, and that's now completely gone. I know the fans are excited to see the band - the tour is on, we're keeping our word, there will be no more cancellations."

Complete dates for the Megadeth/Slayer Canadian and American Carnage are as follows:

Canadian Carnage
Tour Dates:
7/23 - Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC Canada
7/24 - Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC Canada
7/26 - Metro Centre, Halifax, NS Canada
7/27 - Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB Canada
7/29 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT Canada
7/30 - John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT Canada

American Carnage
Tour Dates:
8/11 - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
8/12 - Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
8/14 - Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
8/15 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
8/16 - Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
8/18 - Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
8/19 - Joe Lewis Arena, Detroit,MI
8/20 - UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
8/21 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
8/23 - Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
8/25 - Magness Arena, Denver, CO
8/26 - Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
8/27 - Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
8/29 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
8/30 - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
8/31 - Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA
9/01 - Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
9/03 - Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
9/04 - Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR
 
 
 
 
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American/Canadian Carnage Rescheduled Tour Dates Announced
February 1, 2010
Slayer and Megadeth are thrilled to announce the new, confirmed routing for the American Carnage North American Tour, which will commence with the rescheduled Canadian Carnage East dates in Quebec City on Friday, July 23. Slayer will then head to Europe for a run of festival dates, returning to kick off the American Carnage leg in Albany, NY on August 11. American Carnage will play 26 dates across the United States and Eastern Canada up to the Labor Day weekend, ending in Portland, OR on September 4. Testament will be Special Guest on all shows. Tickets purchased for the American Carnage shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for these rescheduled dates. Complete information regarding ticket sales can be found at www.slayer.net - www.megadeth.com - www.testamentlegiions.com

Due to venue availability and other conflicts, the shows originally scheduled in El Paso, Houston, Nashville, Duluth, and Louisville cannot be rescheduled at this time, and ticket holders may obtain refunds at point of purchase. However, new cities have been added to the American Carnage itinerary, with dates now scheduled in Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego, and Sacramento. The confirmed, complete itinerary is below.

The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to Slayer's vocalist/bassist, Tom Araya's ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a Cervical Radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate. That surgery took place early last week.

"The doctors said that Tom's surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success," said Rick Sales, long-time Slayer manager. "He's home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably."

Shortly after the surgery, Slayer's Kerry King received a text from Tom: "Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better."

The American Carnage Tour will mark the first time that Slayer, Megadeth and Testament will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour, making this truly a "must-see" event.

Slayer recently announced the rescheduling of its headline tour in the UK and Europe, and Megadeth and Testament are currently on tour together playing U.S. cities that will not be on the American Carnage itinerary.

Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road on July 23 in support of their most recent albums: Megadeth's 2009 album, 'Endgame', and Slayer's 'World Painted Blood', the band's 10th studio venture, which hit stores November 3, 2009. Testament's 'The Formation of Damnation: Special Tour Edition', will be released on February 23, 2010 with special unreleased bonus tracks.

Slayer and Megadeth have already massacred territories together outside of the U.S., first with four explosive dates in June 2009 across Western Canada - "Canadian Carnage" - the first time the bands had toured together anywhere in 18 years - and then six co-headlining "Carnage" dates in Australia followed last October.

According to various Canadian press outlets last summer: "It was a night of thrash impossible to trash..." "Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun..." "The two heavy metal heavyweights...went head-to-head on a level playing field. Both bands brought their 'A' game. And the results were anything but pretty - unless you include pretty freakin' loud and pretty freakin' awesome."

The complete, confirmed itinerary for the American Carnage North American Tour is as follows:

Canadian Carnage East Dates:
7/23 - Pavillon de la Jeunesse - Quebec City, QC - Canada
7/24 - Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau - Montreal, QC - Canada
7/26 - Metro Centre - Halifax, NS - Canada
7/27 - Moncton Coliseum - Moncton, NB - Canda
7/29 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ONT - Canada
7/30 - John Labatt Centre Center - London, ONT - Canada

(Slayer European festivals)

American Carnage Dates:
8/11 - Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY
8/12 - Izod Center - East Rutherford, NJ
8/14 - Tsongas Arena - Boston, MA
8/15 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
8/16 - Chevrolet Theatre - Wallingford, CT
8/18 - Tower City Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH*
8/19 - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit,MI
8/20 - UIC Pavillon - Chicago, IL
8/21 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN
8/23 - Cap Fed Park @Sandstone - Kansas City, KS*
8/25 - Magness Arena - Denver, CO
8/26 - Tingley Coliseum - Albuquerque, NM
8/27 - Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
8/29 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA*
8/30 - Long Beach Arena - Long Beach, CA
8/31 - Cow Palace - San Francisco, CA
9/01 - Arco Arena - Sacramento, CA*
9/03 - Wamu Theatre - Seattle, WA
9/04 - Washington County Fairgrounds - Portland, OR

* = Newly Added Dates
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1983
HOME TOWN: San Francisco, CA
MEMBERS:
Dave Mustaine - Vocals/Guitar
Chris Broderick - Guitar
James Lomenzo - Bass
Shawn Drover - Drums

It’s a rare thing when a musician comes face to face with what made them great to begin with. ENDGAME is that moment for Dave Mustaine and Megadeth. It’s the record where it all comes full circle in a career that has set not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them. Megadeth are rage on a tight rein, as precise and beautifully destructive as a laser guided missile.

“After the smoke had cleared from personnel and label changes, I knew that regaining respect for me and for Megadeth was going to be a huge undertaking,” says Mustaine of the process re-tooling Megadeth after what is considered the “classic” line-up. “It was much like trying to turn a battleship -- no, more like an aircraft carrier-- around.”

Mission accomplished on ENDGAME, which is as extreme as anything Megadeth has ever recorded. The album’s signature track “Head Crusher” should not merely serve as a wake-up for old fans but also a new generation ready to keep Mustaine & Co.’s brand of shredding guitar and bellicose songsmanship at the forefront of today’s metal scene.

This, however, is not surprising for the man who has created and branded “Gigantour,” which for the past three years has united some of metal’s most musically literate players including Dream Theater, Children of Bodom and Opeth. Then again, what else would one expect from someone who culled a sound from The New Wave of British Heavy Metal and created metal’s then new chic, which was state of the art speed metal?

The Megadeth machine is built on a blueprint of stark, complex musicianship. Over time, with album sales nearing 25 million worldwide, Mustaine has balanced rabid-dog aggression with staggering song-craft. The albums Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? , So Far…So Good…So What? and Countdown to Extinction remain true metal classics. No surprise then that Mustaine was awarded the title of “Riff Lord” at 2008’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in the U.K, or that he was crowned “Golden God” at the 2009 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in America.

Which of course shouldn’t negate the flirting with commercial success on Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings or Risk. Or even Megadeth’s road back to the standing at the top of metal’s top players with World Needs a Hero, The System Has Failed and their Roadrunner debut, United Abominations. “It was a good lesson about the need to follow your heart,” says Dave of the creative process with Endgame. “I am grateful to have fans who have let me stretch my wings musically. But this is where I am most comfortable.”

At this point, Dave Mustaine has nothing to prove. To make the record he wanted, Mustaine found himself building a full-blown recording studio in San Marcos, California, just outside of San Diego, dubbed “Vic’s Garage” after Megadeth’s iconic, skull-faced mascot Vic Rattlehead. His rationale for building a studio for Megadeth was simple: “When we went into the studio last time it was too expensive, too extravagant, too arrogant and I think it made us a little lazy,” muses Mustaine.

Andy Sneap, metal-producer and mixer par-excellence and a Megadeth cohort from United Abominations, returned to work alongside of Mustaine. The result of this metal-mongering synergy speaks for itself. “It’s a great relationship,” says Mustaine of his ongoing dealings with the acclaimed British producer, also known for his work with Killswitch Engage and Machine Head. “We had a few intense moments, but that is part of having a real working relationship. I am a better guitarist, singer and producer due to my tremendous respect for Andy and my open ears when he is listening or isn’t listening to my point of view.”

Part of Megadeth’s new energies on ENDGAME goes to the induction of guitarist Chris Broderick, who joins Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover and bassist James LoMenzo in the ‘Megs tightest line-up in years. Mustaine even went on record to say, “With this album, I am also very excited to be introducing my new lead guitarist, Chris Broderick, to the world. I have always felt lucky to have had top shredders in that position, but after touring with Chris in support of my last album, I couldn't wait to get into the studio and see what he could do."

Not one to keep an exactly cheery lyrical stance, ENDGAME finds Mustaine more scalding and articulate than ever. Sure, there’s “1,320”, a paean to the thrills of nitro funny car racing, but from there, it grows darker and darker. The Edgar Allen Poe waxing “The Hardest Part of Letting Go…Sealed With A Kiss” finds the narrator entombing his beloved in a wall of bricks whilst Broderick shifts from beautific acoustics to Megadeth’s riffy snarl.

But it’s a landscape of bitter realities where Mustaine’s lyrics resonate. “Bite The Hand That Feeds” and “The Right To Go Insane” delve into an economically disenfranchised nation of have and have-nots. Mustaine himself is no stranger to politics, a self-admitted CNN junkie who in 1992 was MTV’s floor commentator at the National Democratic Convention.

ENDGAME’s title track is Mustaine at his darkest. "Thematically, I've never been known to be a silent bystander in a world that needs our participation,” he says. ‘Endgame’ specifically is a document signed into law that further strips away personal civil rights. “It’s a bill that George W. Bush had signed into law that could put an American citizen in a prison, much like a concentration camp,” states Mustaine. Far-fetched? Surprisingly not.

Musically and lyrically Dave Mustaine remains metal’s true iconoclast whose latest musical offering rumbles with the intensity his career has been built on. Megadeth has come full circle. Megadeth are back to the killing business…and business has never been better.