Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has recalled ‘The Big Four’ tour and revealed that, even at that time, they thought to stream shows via digital services while evaluating the current situation of the live music industry as well as the latest drive-in performance of Metallica.
During his recent conversation on Rock N Roll Underground, Ellefson has opened up about the future of live music and reminisced on the ‘Big Four’ live show performed by Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax in Sofia, Bulgaria, on June 22, 2010.
The bass guitarist remembered that Metallica had utilized a streaming service that does the boxing events, and their show went live all around the world, in thousands of movie theaters, as the performance was happening.
Already having an experience with the live stream shows, Ellefson said that it was a big drive-in concert in front of 80,000 fans in Sofia. Calling Metallica the leaders in this industry, David Ellefson said that they started the drive-in thing this year again, referring to the band’s ‘Encore Drive-In Nights,’ which aired on screens on August 29, 2020.
Here’s what David Ellefson said during the interview:
“When we did the ‘Big Four‘ live concert in Sofia, Bulgaria, Metallica had utilized this streaming service that does the boxing events, and that show went live all around the world — thousands of movie theaters — as the show was happening, and then in time delay.
So we’ve kind of already done one of those. It was a big drive-in show in front of 80,000 fans in Sofia, Bulgaria. And, of course, Metallica, being the leaders they are, they started the drive-in thing this year again.
So, it’s great. Look, it’s gonna survive no matter what, because humans are survivors. So live music will never go away, and live events will never go away.”
You can check out the rest of the conversation and the trailer of Metallica’s drive-in show below.