Scott Ian, the legendary guitarist and additional lead vocalist of Anthrax, has reminisced about the tour days of the Big Four of thrash metal and unveiled the story behind how they were shaped together, referring to Metallica.

During his recent conversation with UG’s David Slavković, Scott Ian has spoken about the iconic days of the thrash metal genre with the emergence of the groundbreaking Big Four, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax.

While recalling the good old days and the incredible experience both the included bands and the metal community have lived in the 2000s, Ian said that all the members of the Big Four have been friends since 1982 or 1983 and it was not like a project planned by Metallica, as opposed to the popular belief.

He continued by saying they all came from the same place, and it really did feel truly like the brotherhood. When asked if there were any bands of the 80s and 90s, Metallica unrightfully excluded from this act, the guitarist said that nobody was unrightfully put out of anything.

Scott Ian cleared the air about the long-mistaken issue by explaining the fact that Metallica didn’t sit around and make a decision, saying these are the four bands that we’re picking.

He added that the Big Four was a title created by the press, not by Metallica. Also, they didn’t purposefully exclude anyone, they were just a couple of friends who were lucky enough to share the same scene.

As you may remember, the Big Four, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, released a live concert film, ‘The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria,’ on October 29, 2010. The show took place on June 22, 2010, at the Sonisphere Festival at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria.

It was shown at 450 movie theaters in the United States and over 350 movie theaters across Europe, Canada, and Latin America on June 22, 2010. The DVD peaked at number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Austrian, and Canadian charts.

Here’s what Scott Ian said when asked if they excluded any band from the Big Four:

“Well, I don’t really understand that. Nobody was ‘unrightfully’ put out of anything. Metallica didn’t sit around and make a decision and say: ‘These are the four bands that we’re picking.’

It’s not really how it worked. The ‘Big Four’ was a title created by the press, calling these four bands as the Big Four bands of thrash.

When you say ‘unrightfully put out’ I have to say that I have a problem with that because it makes it sound like Metallica purposefully excluded somebody, and the title ‘Big Four’ has nothing to do with Metallica, or any of us – that was the title given to us by the press.”

You can see ‘Am I Evil?’ performance of the Big Four below and check out the rest of the interview here.