Sunday, April 24, 2011

VIDEO: Metallica, Big 4 rock California

Metal’s Big 4 played their only Stateside appearance this year on Saturday in California.

The one-day festival – with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California, was held on the same site as the Coachella festival a week earlier.

Reports indicate more than 50,000 fans rocked the event, which culminated in a jam by all four acts on the Diamond Head track, “Am I Evil?”

When bringing on the members of the other three bands for the "Am I Evil?" performance, Metallica’s James Hetfield said, "Can you believe it? Thirty years, man. I don't know how many of you have been around that long, you know?! It doesn't matter; you're here right now to see the 'Big Four,' and we're getting this prepared for a big jam, alright? It's pretty important.

"We just wanna take the time to say 'thank you' to all of you metal fans out there who have supported all the bands — not only the 'Big Four,' but the big however many out there. There's many, many other bands that have been around as long as us, and, unfortunately, broke up because of business or some other crap. There's a lot of great bands out there and we'd like to celebrate all of them, and especially the 'Big Four', getting out here and jamming, and just saying 'thank you' to the world of metal fans for just giving us your support, giving us your heart and giving us your passion, man, 'cause that's what it is for us."

The Big 4 play a series of shows in Europe this summer.

ANTHRAX's setlist:

01. Caught In A Mosh
02. Got the Time
03. Madhouse
04. Among the Living
05. Antisocial
06. Indians
07. Fight 'Em Till You Can't
08. A.I.R.
09. I Am The Law

MEGADETH's setlist:

01. Trust
02. In My Darkest Hour
03. Hangar 18
04. Wake Up Dead
05. Poison Was the Cure
06. She-Wolf
07. Sweating Bullets
08. Head Crusher
09. A Tout Le Monde
10. Symphony of Destruction
11. Peace Sells
12. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due/Mechanix

SLAYER's setlist:

01. World Painted Blood
02. Hate Worldwide
03. War Ensemble
04. Postmortem
05. Raining Blood
06. Black Magic
07. Dead Skin Mask
08. Americon
09. Silent Scream
10. Antichrist
11. Seasons in the Abyss
12. Payback
13. Snuff
14. South of Heaven (with Jeff Hanneman)
15. Angel of Death (with Jeff Hanneman)

METALLICA's setlist:

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom the Bell Tolls
03. Fuel
04. Ride the Lightning
05. Fade to Black
06. Cyanide
07. All Nightmare Long
08. Sad But True
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. Orion
11. One
12. Master of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman


16. Am I Evil? (Diamond Head cover) (with all 4 bands)
17. Hit The Lights
18. Seek And Destroy

The Big 4 – Am I Evil?
Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011

The Big 4 – Am I Evil? (partial)
Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, CA – April 23, 2011

See also:

Metallica: Cliff Burton inspired title character in Hesher film
Metallica, Satriani confirmed for Quebec Festival
Metallica to play Quebec’s Summer Festival?
Metallica, Judas Priest still inspire author Stephen King
Metallica: launch Big 4 Radio & return of Mandatory Metallica