Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, four biggest thrash metal bands called “The Big Four”, have released their own studio albums in the last 2 years.
In the middle of last year, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine called other bands for a new “The Big Four” tour. But this call didn’t create much anticipated effect. No band was positive and willing on this call.
Metallica vocalist James Hetfield spoke of “The Big Four” in an interview with The Nerdist podcast. He said:
“It really started with the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction idea. Getting nostalgic, and thinking, ‘my god, look at all of the people that helped us along the way and look who are still around. Let’s say thank you to them.’ And The Big Four was kind of that thing.
We’re all still playing after 32 years, let’s go do a gig together. Why shouldn’t we? Let’s celebrate the fact that we are still alive and playing music that we love. The other thing was, The New Wave of British Heavy Metal. What about The Big Four? No one knows The Big Four. Come on, let’s make it known, let’s make some history here and put a mark there that The Big Four is a force to be reckoned with.”
Papa Het also spoke about the relationship between him and Dave Mustaine. He said:
“There’s no reason for things to not be good between us. At this point, we’ve all freakin’ fell off the wagon, we’ve all gone into the ditch, we’ve all gotten back on track, we’ve all learned from our stuff. And at the end of the day, it’s just journeys — everyone is doing a different journey — and why would you hold a grudge with someone or vice versa?
I’ve seen some kind of light around that. I think The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was part of that realization, you know, when we were up there and seeing, Ozzy is sitting at one table and the rest of Black Sabbath at the other table. They don’t want to jam together, and they are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
We go up and we played a song, we played Black Sabbath songs for them. That was beautiful for us, but it was sad to see that. I’d rather see you guys play. Whatever it is, put it away please. I get it, I get it’s hard to get passed stuff but there’s stuff in my life that I thought I could never get over.”
The possibility of the “The Big Four” tour seems really impossible right now. Maybe in the coming years.