Metallica: “Big Four Tour Is Not Gonna Happen”
Kirk Hammett of Metallica says there will be no Big Four tour *bursts into tears*…
A US radio station spoke to Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett prior to the band’s October 4, 2009 show in the US.
When asked about the rumors that Metallica was assembling a tour that would feature the “Big Four” of the 1980s thrash metal scene — itself, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax — Kirk replied, “That tour is not gonna happen. I’ve been hearing that, we’ve all been hearing that for awhile. I get asked [about] it regularly. And as far as a tour going on, it’s not gonna happen. Conflicting schedules, conflicting personalities, [a lot of] conflicting things. It’s a good idea, though. And personally, I can see the significance of playing a tour like that, but… it’s not gonna happen.”
When asked in a recent interview about the Big Four tour possibility, Lars Ulrich said: “As far as I know, we haven’t talked to anybody about it; we’ve talked about it amongst ourselves. And, obviously, because you get sort of caught up in the rumor of the whole thing, so I get asked about it four times a day in interviews. It certainly could be fun, if everybody would be up for it; certainly we would be up for it. But it’s not something that’s imminent; it’s not something that’s being discussed for January. Everybody’s got their own schedules and everybody’s doing their thing, but at some point, of course, in the right situation, I think it could be super-fun. Listen, the guys in Metallica certainly are all about nostalgia, all about lineage, all about making the fans understand how things, sort of, came to be, and connect the dots and all that type of stuff, so I would definitely be up for that. But I haven’t made any phone calls yet. [Laughs] But we’ll see what happens. I’m sure it definitely could happen one day.”