The Big 4

The “Big Four” bands of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — played the third show of their European tour last night (Wednesday, July 6) at Arena Fiera Rho in Milan, Italy.

The highly anticipated onstage performance of the “Big Four” bands at the same time happened near the end of METALLICA’s set, between “Enter Sandman” and “Damage Inc.”. Members of ANTHRAX, SLAYER and MEGADETH joined METALLICA on stage for a cover of MISFITS’ “Die, Die My Darling” before METALLICA ended the night with “Creeping Death”.

According to Musica Metal, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, who is sitting out nearly a dozen shows on the band’s current tour in order to spend time with his family following the birth of his first child (his temporary replacement is SEPULTURA’s Andreas Kisser), rejoined the group exclusively for the Italian date, claiming halfway through ANTHRAX’s set that he loves Italy too much to miss out on the opportunity to play the country again. Ian also took part in the “Big Four” jam session, as did SLAYER’s Dave Lombardo, who missed the Gothenburg “Big Four” jam on July 3 because he was getting tattoo work done on his arm. SLAYER guitarists Kerry King and Gary Holt (filling in for Jeff Hanneman) each had a beer on stage during the “Die, Die My Darling” performance, but didn’t participate in the jam.

More fan-filmed video footage and photos of last night’s “Die, Die My Darling” performance can be seen below.

METALLICA’s setlist was as follows:

01. Hit the Lights
02. Master Of Puppets
03. The Shortest Straw
04. Seek & Destroy
05. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
06. Ride The Lightning
07. Through The Never
08. All Nightmare Long
09. Sad But True
10. The Call Of Ktulu
11. One
12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
13. Blackened
14. Fade To Black
15. Enter Sandman


16. Die, Die My Darling (w/ SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX)
17. Damage, Inc.
18. Creeping Death

The members of SLAYER could not join the July 2 “Helpless” (DIAMOND HEAD) jam at the “Big Four” show in Gelsenkirchen, Germany due to their travel arrangements to get to the next concert. They also missed the following night’s performance of “Am I Evil?” (DIAMOND HEAD) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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