Thursday, January 27, 2011

Metallica talk about Big 4 Festival

This week’s concert announcement by metal’s “Big 4” - Metallica/Megadeth/Slayer/Anthrax – was a bit of a great news/bad news deal.

Fans surely expected more than one show, hoping for a full-blown tour, but the April 23 Big 4 Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California just may, yet, be the start of things to come.

“I'm not saying this is the last one,” Metallica’s Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. “But I don't want this to turn into something that overtakes everybody's schedules for the next couple years. If we keep it special, it's better than to overstay your welcome and people run screaming away. Let's see what happens.”

The four acts are certainly in a good place these days.

“Most of the egos and sandbox issues from the Eighties and Nineties have dissipated,” says Ulrich. “We actually enjoy each others' company and are comfortable celebrating the past while continuing our path into the future. It's cool. Who would have known that anybody actually still gives a s**t? We're very fortunate.”

When Ulrich saw Rage Against the Machine erupt at the desert venue during the Coachella Festival in 2007, it left a powerful impression. “It was a fantastic vibe out there,” he recalls. “Coachella seemed like the right place to do it. If this thing works, hopefully we can do an additional show somewhere else.”

The four bands seem to have the magic of time on their side, as they continue to attract new fans.

“A lot of this music has aged really well,” Ulrich says. “There are a lot of 12-year-olds that show up at these rock shows. It's scary to see a whole slew of 12-year-olds up against the barricade down in the front. It's a great thing to be part of their rite of passage.”

Read more about the Big 4 Festival at Rolling Stone here.

Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria DVD

See also:

Metallica: The Big 4 announce single US date
Metallica: The Big 4 to announce US tour on Tuesday
Metallica: Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame exhibit updated
Motorhead: Metallica rave about new film, "Lemmy"
The Big 4 – Metallica/Megadeth/Slayer/Anthrax – hit US double platinum