Metal's "Big Four" (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax) Hitting the U.S. for One-off Show

Metal's "Big Four" (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax) Hitting the U.S. for One-off Show
North American thrash fans went green with envy last year following the announcement that the Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) were mounting a series of European live dates. The seven-show trip was a huge success, but thrashers on this side of the pond had to make do with a DVD chronicling a Bulgarian performance or catch the show in the theatre. If you were griping about missing the gigs, though, you now have your big chance: all four groups are set to play together in Indio, CA this April.

The L.A. Times reports that the four acts will get together at the Empire Polo Field in Indio on April 23. If the venue sounds familiar to you, it's because these are the grounds where massive music festival Coachella takes place. The metal show takes place the week after this year's Coachella and was actually booked by the promoter of the festival.

Looking to fill out the gap between Coachella, which runs April 15 to 17, and the country-styled Stagecoach festival, which runs April 30 to May 1, promoter Paul Tollett contacted Metallica manager Peter Mensch about hosting the four thrash acts at Indio for the weekend between the two events. Clearly his pitch worked.

Tickets for the one-night show go on sale this Friday (January 28) through Ticketmaster. We're trying to figure out if we should bang like mad to Anthrax's "Indians" or if we want to save our energy for Slayer's "Raining Blood." Is it too much to hope for to get all four bands jamming together on "Enter Sandman"?