Monthly Archives: April 2011
History was made on April 23, 2011 as Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth and Metallica performed Indio, California on the now famous ‘Big 4 Tour’. This is the first time all four bands have played together in the U.S.A.!!!
The show started with Anthrax ripping through a great one hour set that featured music from the early years to the new song ‘Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t’.
Megadeth was next on the bill. The band sounded great, but it was very difficult to hear Dave Mustaine’s vocals… really don’t know what happened there.
As the sun began to set, Slayer was on deck to kick ass all over the Polo Fairgrounds. Opening with the title track of their latest release ‘World Painted Blood’ and with fill-in guitarist Gary Holt (Exodus), they blistered through a set that included ‘South of Heaven’. As Slayer came out for an encore, Jeff Hennamen made a surprise appearance to play the last 2 songs. I did see his arm on the big monitors as he was playing and noticed a very large scar on his inner arm… almost like it was cut open by a dull knife. It really looked bad but it didn’t bother him as he shredded through the closing numbers.
Metallica closed the night with two hours of classics like ‘Creeping Death’, ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Orion’ that included a James Hetfield salute to Cliff Burton.
In all, a very long day but well worth it. Here are some photos of the show… I Hope you enjoy them. I want to send a special thank you to MSOPR Staff for making this happen for METAL SHOP!!!!! -Ralph.
‘Where Have All The Good Times Gone?’ For a David Lee Roth fan, we now know.
In 1999, Greg Aulick took pictures of Roth’s performance in Austin, Texas with a disposable camera, but lost it after partying a little too hard.
12 years later, that camera is being returned thanks to Facebook and YouTube. Read More
Frank Sinatra may well be spinning in his grave over the heavy metal hijacking of a dozen cornerstone numbers from his repertoire for “Sin-atra,” but given the testosterone-drenched machismo that was central to the way he lived his life and sometimes sang, there’s actually a certain twisted logic to this shotgun marriage. Read More
You might remember this British trio as hair metal second-stringers from the 80′s, but they actually came together in 1974. They’re at their best playing the kind of fierce hard rock that marks them out as contemporaries of Judas Priest—their proto-thrash attack is good enough to make me forgive those schlocky 80s records and the rather dumb gimmick they once used of playing in athletic gear.
Cursed with a Spinal Tap-like career trajectory, Raven almost dropped the thread altogether back in 2001, when guitarist Mark Gallagher nearly lost his legs after a wall collapsed on him. The band went on hiatus while Gallagher rehabbed, eventually regrouping to record 2010′s Walk Through Fire (Metal Blade), a hard-earned and intense return to form.