With Metallica's long-awaited new album finally out, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine -- who was also a founding member of Metallica -- is championing a Big Four tour for 2017.
The concept teams the two thrash metal titans with kindred spirits Slayer and Anthrax; The four played 14 shows together during 2010, which led to the film and home video The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria. Now that all the bands have released new albums during the past 18 months, Mustaine tells Britain's Metal Hammer that it's time to do it again:
"To have all of the Big Four release new albums within 12 months or so, that's really cool. Now the big question is whether or not the powers that be are gonna allow for the four of us to go and do some more Big Four dates. We've got a lot of great stuff going on and we've got some stuff we're setting up for Asia and the United States for next year, but if the Big Four presented itself we'd probably yield to that because it's a lot more fun and it's such an event that it takes precedence over just another tour, so to speak."
All parties involved acknowledge that the decision is Metallica's to make; The group has Asian and European dates already announced for early 2017 and is expected to tour North America extensively as well.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.