Megadeth's Dave Mustaine

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Hints That Metallica Are The Holdouts On More ‘The Big Four’ Shows, Suggests Touring As ‘The Big Three’


With Slayer planning to call it quits after one final world tour, Megadeth frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine recently expressed his hopes that ‘The Big Four’ (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) would play at least one more show before they officially become ‘The Big Three.’

In a new interview with Eddie Trunk for SiriusXM (see below,) Mustaine further spoke of the potential for a few more shows from the Big Four and the possibility that they may go out without Metallica, who appear to be the holdout. Mustaine said of that:

“I think if you asked the three of us that, our camps would probably say yes. If Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth all want to do it, and Metallica doesn’t, then what do we do? The Big Three? I’m sure that a lot of people would like to see that, and that may be what it is. You know, you may end up having it be the Big Three plus No. 5 if we have Exodus play with it.

But it’s not about just doing concerts for the sake of concerts. It was about the movement. It was about what we did together as a group.

Excluding Anthrax, we’re all like neighbors almost ’cause we all lived so close. It was just a half hour to an hour at at most between each other’s houses on the freeway. So, I think it would be great to do more Big Four stuff—do one in Japan. Do one in South America—we never did one in South America; we haven’t done one in Asia. Give the people an opportunity to see it before it goes away forever.”

Mustaine isn’t’ the only one on board as Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has also voiced his support for more shows from ‘The Big Four.’