Thursday, April 28, 2011

Metallica: Big 4 show being planned for U.S. East Coast

Following the success of the Big 4 show last weekend in California - where Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax rocked more than 50,000 fans at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio – there’s talk of at least one, maybe more, U.S. dates on the horizon.

"We are looking to book something on the East Coast because of the success of this — it should hopefully come together in a week or two," Metallica’s Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "Maybe we'll do somewhere in the Midwest and South, too. Still, I don't think it will turn into a 40-date arena tour; that would make it less special. I like the fact that there's an element of chaos to the whole thing. It shouldn't be sterile, streamlined and perfect: it needs an edgy underbelly to remain authentic."

A series of Big 4 shows in Europe last summer kicked off demand for more events from the four iconic acts; last weekend’s show was the first on U.S. soil.

Metallica, meanwhile, are set to bring the Big 4 tour to Europe in July; the band has also confirmed a gig at the 44th edition of Festival d'été de Québec in Quebec City, Canada on Saturday, July 16, as well as a headlining slot at Brazil's Rock In Rio festival this September.

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