Anyone who caught one of the Big Four shows over the past couple of years would agree that they were truly once-in-a-lifetime events. As many fans are still hoping the Big Four -- Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth -- will come their way, Slayer's Kerry King believes the bands will likely now go their separate ways.
This year marks 25 years since the release of one of the great thrash albums of all time, Slayer's Raining Blood. In honor of the album's 25th anniversary, Down vocalist Phil Anselmo recently shared some thoughts on the album.
Guitar World made history in Milan, Italy, on July 6, 2011, by getting Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Slayer’s Kerry King and Anthrax’s Scott Ian to pose for group photos — the first photos ever to feature all the guitarists of thrash metal’s momentous Big Four tour.
After all the fanfare surrounding the Big Four -- which included an epic Guitar World cover -- it seems natural that other bands might want to cash in on the idea of having an amazing lineup get together for a few magical shows.
Guitar World made history in Milan, Italy, on July 6, 2011, by getting Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Slayer’s Kerry King and Anthrax’s Scott Ian to pose for group photos — the first photos ever to feature all the guitarists of thrash metal’s Big Four tour.
Slayer guitarist Kerry King says that when the group went into the studio to make what would become its thrash masterpiece, Reign in Blood, they were “just a bunch of angry punks making a record we thought was cool.” What they didn’t realize was just how cool it would be (or how afraid it would make people of Slayer). “We were kids, like 22 years old,” says King. “We thought we made up a real good record, and that we’d outdone our last one. That’s all it was about back then.”
The November 2011 issue of Guitar World is available now, and it's a good one (if I do say so myself). First of all, there's the Big Four historic photo shoot, as represented on the cover and the two-sided fold-out poster inside (featuring James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine, reunited for the first time in years). Guitar World did the impossible, getting Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Mustaine, Kerry King and Scott Ian gather for a roundtable discussion about their music, history and the greatest thrash tour of all time.