The Big 4 took place in Indio, CA for this weekend. I spent some time scanning the web for feed back and over all it sounds for the most part that most were pretty underwhelmed. No huge surprises or even big changes in the setlists. I heard that while Anthrax again was kick ass, their set list was pretty much identical to the last leg. Megadeth’s set list looked pretty awesome in my opinion but coming off the heels of the “Rust In Peace” tour, I think they really spoiled everyone on that tour. I think it’s great they mixed it up a bit. Slayer’s set featured Gary Holt of Exodus once again but the surprise of the night was the return of Jeff Hanneman for the band’s encore of “South of Heaven” and “Angel of Death” which I heard was pretty bad ass. Everyone seems to be raving about how awesome Tom Araya sounds and honestly I can see that because I thought that he was without a doubt the MVP of the Slayer tour. As for Metallica, the majority of the reviews I read said that the band totally phoned this one in and that they were their usual sloppy selves. It’s really fucking sad to me that Metallica can’t even see for themselves what a fucking joke they are. They are not even a shadow of their former selves. They are old, tired and completely incapable of delivering the caliber of show that they once did.
For the most part, from the looks of this unless I can get a cheap ticket or unless the bands really try a little harder to mix it up a bit, you can count me out of this one. Paying a huge price for the novelty of seeing these four bands in one night just doesn’t appeal to me. I would much rather pay 1/2 the price to see these bands on their own minus Metallica. Maybe after his surgery Hanneman can now play lead guitar again. I know I give them a hard time but I have to say that Slayer really blew me away on this recent tour. Anthax proved capable of bringing back Joey and really kicking some major ass and Megadeth’s line up proved to me to the best most solid sounding line up since the classic “Rust In Peace” lineup. I just don’t see myself paying an inflated price for tickets to see these amazing bands play BEFORE Metallica and their over inflated egos. I just wanna know if these guys ever sat down and watched their own performances. If they did and they feel that they are doing the best they can than it is truly over for them. I have given up on any hope of them ever doing anything worth a shit so with that being said, I say a big fat NO to this festival.
Caught in a Mosh, Got the Time, Madhouse, Among the Living, Antisocial, Indians, Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t, Metal Thrashing Mad, A.I.R., I Am The Law
Trust, In My Darkest Hour, Hangar 18, Wake Up Dead, Poison Was the Cure, She-Wolf, Sweating Bullets, Head Crusher, A Tout Le Monde, Symphony of Destruction, Peace Sells, Holy Wars… The Punishment Due / Mechanix
World Painted Blood, Hate World Wide, War Ensemble, Postmortem, Raining Blood, Black Magic, Dead Skin Mask, Americon, Silent Scream, Anti-Christ, Seasons in the Abyss, Payback, Snuff, South of Heaven (w/ Jeff Hanneman), Angel of Death (w/ Jeff Hanneman)
Creeping Death, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fuel, Ride the Lightning, Fade to Black, Cyanide, All Nightmare Long, Sad But True, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Orion, One, Master of Puppets, Blackened, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman
Am I Evil? (w/ the Big 4), Hit the Lights, Seek & Destroy