Finally, the Big 4 made it to U.S. soil!
Last year European audiences were blessed with a number of Big 4 shows featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax (the first big four thrash bands), but American fans were only able to witness the spectacle via a live global telecast to movie theaters from Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22, 2010. That performance then led to the release of the multiplatinum Live From Sofia Big 4 DVD, and finally, on April 23, 2011--after almost a year of waiting for this festival to come to the bands' native land--more than 50,000 metal fans showed up at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, more than READY.
As an invited guest, I was a bit spoiled with my access. Arriving at the venue, I went to the backstage area, which was set up like an old-fashioned chuckwagon circle. Each band had a couple of dressing-room trailers and an outside area enclosed with a white picket fence for their guests to hang out. When I arrived around 2pm, it seemed like theRead More »from The Big 4 Create A Metal Desert Storm