Beez: Sonisphere’s Greatest Achievement To Date
It started out as a fairly routine interview. In a side room in Shorditch, as the rest of the band were being shot for the Maggie award winning Metal Hammer shoot, we spoke to Slayer’s Kerry King about how he felt about us ripping the flesh from his cranium for that particularly awesome zombie-forensic inspired cover. Entirely as an aside at the end of our chat, we asked Kerry (seeing as they were touring with Megadeth in Canada) if there was ever a chance that the big four could play a show together. King, in a totally relaxed tone, said that he’d heard through the grapevine that Lars was trying to set something like that up. We did well not to prevent our eyes from flying out of our skulls, dry humping him and then falling to our knees and begging him to bring that shit to the UK.
While we were happy that Eastern European headbangers got to see this landmark heavy metal event this summer, I think we speak for all British metalheads when we say that we were more jealous of all attendees than we are of Britney Spears’s vibrator’s nightly endeavours. The monumental event of four of the greatest bands to ever grace heavy metal playing their first show together on British soil at next summer’s Sonisphere cannot be understated in the slightest.
Will Metallica play the Black album to celebrate it’s 20 year anniversary as they did Master Of Puppets at Download 5 years ago? Will Mustaine go hell bent for leather to try to upstage his former employers? Can Slayer recapture the glories of yesteryear and will anthrax manage to keep the same vocalist for five minutes? All massive talking points and all questions that will be answered at Knebworth next Summer.
While there’s a long way to go in the 2011 festival war, one thing that is undisputed is that this announcement, coupled with the first UK show Slipknot are playing after the passing of Paul Gray, completes the best package that Sonisphere have put together in their three year history…and they’ve only announced 6 bands!
As far as signals of intent go, Sonisphere have just unleashed the motherload. Shit just got mighty real.