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The "Big Four" Rumors are True: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax Will Make Unprecedented Appearance in 2010

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After much speculation, Sonisphere Festival has confirmed the Big Four (Anthrax, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth) will finally play live again! The Big Four that popularized the thrash metal movement in the 80's have never been on the same stage at once, but now the bands will have the chance to finally do so in 2010.

Originally, just a huge rumor, it has finally been confirmed. After Dave Mustaine angered Metallica and Anthrax, hopes for a Big Four concert were not looking promising. However, Sonisphere Festival has just announced that on June 16th 2010, these thrash metal giants will be sharing the stage for the first time at the Bemowo Airport in Poland. It has also been updated that the Big Four bands will also make a second appearance in the Czech Republic, with more Sonisphere shows featuring the combo to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

"Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's big 4 would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time...what a mindfuck! Bring it on!" says Lars Ulrich, the Drummer of Metallica. "It's about fucking time this happened. And it's about time the fans finally what they want. This is fucking awesome," says Kerry King of Slayer.

ANTHRAX guitarist SCOTT IAN agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement:

"People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984. That's twenty-six years of expectation!!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them!! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if The Beatles, Stones, The Who and Zeppelin had done shows? Or Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Motorhead? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that's how big I feel this is."

The Big Four's appearance is only exclusive to Europe it seems for now. Stay tune for hopes of an appearance in America.

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1. josh vance writes:

WHAT THE HELL? POLAND?!? THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE ON US SOIL. BULLCRAP.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 2:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. RTB writes:

Kerry king made a positive statement....im shocked, usually he slams bands or is a wise azz about everything....its great that this finally happend, but only fitting that it wont happen in north america...fahqn figures

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 2:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. SHREDDER13 writes:

Yeah, it was pretty obvious from the start. I'll be waiting for the US dates to be announced. I just hope ticket prices don't pass the century mark.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 3:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. wilco writes:

damm finnally the big four on tour
was just a matter of time
but they need to tour the whole world
not only poland
come to holland
have a feelling they will be all on graspop next year
if they come to holland
thats all i want for x mas

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 4:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. A writes:

Anyone think they will come to australia ?

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 4:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. The Painkiller writes:

They need to do a US tour, and hit more than just the 20 spots where they go to california like 3 times and texas 3 times. Indiana misses alot of good shows. Now we just need a little 4 reunion tour. Exodus, Testament, Overkill, Forbidden tour, that would be sick.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 5:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. WOAH writes:

i hope they go to manila!
i havent experienced a metal concert before (im just 13)

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 6:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. tom writes:

I'll be in Germany, so getting over to Poland or the Czech Republic will be no problem. This is gonna be a friggen awesome concert.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 6:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. thegoosegoblin writes:

I will road trip to see this if it comes to the US.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 9:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Nihilist writes:

Darn it will be sold out within two days.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Hebrew_Hammer writes:

OMS!!! I really hope this tour comes to South Florida!

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. jakow666 writes:

Great News!!! One of the greatest metal events ever in my hometown...Warsaw is waiting for Giants to come!!! \m/

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 11:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Hammerheart writes:

I don't know if it will really be a tour or not. So far there's just two festival appearances. It doesn't say anything about an actual, factual tour yet.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 11:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. dimentian writes:

anthrax??? jus play 4 cd's back to back. there ya go. congrats poland.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 11:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Jomama writes:

Of course not happening in the United States.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 1:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. wilco writes:

till so far only europe and only on festivals

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BodomFan writes:

that awesome, and lame at the same time! no US shows....damnit all to hell, i really hope they decide to make this into a bigger tour! one can only hope

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 1:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. duncan hills writes:

i'm afraid i don't think this is gonna turn into a bigger tour, from a purely objective standpoint, england is usually one of the best places to play outside the US, and megadeth and tallica have already turned down knebworth.
from a purely subjective standpoint, it sucks that it's in poland... once in a lifetime opportunity and it's in eastern europe... i know plenty of people who are considering going there just to see it

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 3:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Wrath_5316 writes:

I really hope they come to the us if so Im going too it no matter what state Im so freakn there.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 4:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Bill writes:

wow. I never would have seen this coming. i wonder how much tickets will be if....when they come to america.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 5:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. n0thinghead writes:

sounds awesome. \m/

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I swear to god, if Dave Mustaine ruins this f***ing concert before it gets to America through either his douchebaginess against Metallica, or his Christian f***ery against Slayer, or just being an egotiscal a$$ and insulting Anthrax somehow...I swear, I will f***ing hunt him down and kick his a$$ myself.

Metal horns fingers crossed.

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 7:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. RTB writes:

I must have missed something....where does anyone see or think there s gonna be a US tour?....dont wanna be a killjoy people but it aint happening....if it does great, but dont expect it....

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 7:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. hellonearth writes:

Yeah! Great! Poland sooo deserve this, everybody knows that we have a great audience and one of the best moshpit on earth :D US buddies, don't worry, surely they will play a big national tour for you, comercially it's too big deal to miss the US, the booking agency knows that for sure!

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 8:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. welovehate writes:

Damn, this is the biggest metal event in 2010..
I hope Dave won't mess this thing up..

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 9:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. 8765309 writes:

Who ever is close to Poland are some lucky bastards..for now

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 9:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. V writes:

my money says this is the big comeback for ozzfest

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 9:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Morgan_55 writes:

BRING IT ON!!!!....

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 9:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. warlock writes:

Dave won't mess it up.......as long as Megadeth gets to headline, gets more stage time, gets more money, gets more attention, gets their own hotel, and the other bands play the songs Dave wants them to.

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30. deathfreak writes:

Why does everyone think that this is going to happen in the US because its probly not going to happen here. Its just 2 fest. Good for every one for being hopefull but its time to get back to reality people

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. xsrg13 writes:

hell yea i wanna hear some KILL 'EM ALL

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Twitch_HateCrew writes:

TOUR THE STATES TOUR THE STATES TOUR THE f***ING STATES!!!

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Necrovomit writes:

well since THEY know all them playing is a big deal, and WE know that all 4 playing is a big deal, then wouldnt the next step from not only a musical but also an economic point of view be to tour? and since they are all from the U.S. it would only make sense. but, then again theres always petty rivalry that has to kill something awesome...

# Dec 15, 2009 @ 11:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. da writes:

Prices for the US tour would be through the roof but WHO GIVES A f***. THIS IS SOME LEGENDARY sh** RIGHT HERE.

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 2:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Lynx-Ragnarok writes:

Heres hoping that they come to Australia!!!

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 3:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. wilco writes:

haaha proberly dave will f*** it up indeed

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 5:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Megallica writes:

Hay whts even more amazin is that metallica and megadeth tourin together who would av ever of thought it not me well done dave mustaine 4 finally doin it and please c** 2 the uk please lol

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 5:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. decembersoul writes:

Maybe i should go. It is just a few hours via car.
But i would favor 4 singel concerts.
I is just to much good music for one day.
I'm to old to handbang nonstop for 8 hours :-)

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 6:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. WOLF7 writes:

Whats the big deal? Out of the "big four" only Slayer is worth seeing these days. Does Anthrax even exist?

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 10:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. God_Of_Wrath writes:

This better happen in the US soon after (Poland? Don't you think the Bay Area would be more appropiate...).

And Dave, if you f*** this up in ANY way, every thrash fan in the world is going to tear you apart, limb by arrogant limb.

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 3:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Crushem writes:

I'd rather just see the Slayer, Megadeth tour with Testament. Metallica f**kin sucks now. Take or leave Anthrax.

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Mixolydian671 writes:

It would be even better if they went up to japan.

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. deathfreak writes:

If they did come here which is unlikely I would prob leave for Metallica.
#41 im with you on that one.

# Dec 16, 2009 @ 10:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Rychemn writes:

Come on guys...grow up!!!! and bring this bad a$$ show to the states!!!!

# Dec 17, 2009 @ 12:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. ja writes:

Let`s see, Warsaw is like 300 km away from where I live. And the price of the Golden Circle is like 15% of what I earn. What do you think guys, should I go for it...? :)

# Dec 17, 2009 @ 3:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. MetalBro4Life writes:

Füćk Europe! You aśśholes don't deserve them! This should be in America!

# Dec 17, 2009 @ 4:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. WOLF7 writes:

^ ah, how sweet

# Dec 17, 2009 @ 4:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. acid writes:

Got the tickets a week ago. See you in the GC, you`ll feel my fist in your chest, my hair in your mouth.

# Dec 17, 2009 @ 4:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. wilco writes:

aaah its good to be from europe
ofcourse they play in te birhplace of metal

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50. CarlKuckle writes:

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# Dec 17, 2009 @ 2:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. Lobnjak writes:

Слово не воробей, догони и добей!

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52. Rubyred writes:

Wow, that's "heavy" and may the 4 monster/Metal Bands SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MEGATDETH & METALLICA have a delightful and hellavu groovin' time in POLAND (and other Tour dates/& locations not yet mentioned...') for this prestigious Concert Event June 2010! cheers.

# Dec 17, 2009 @ 9:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. loco5555 writes:

all of those band are some where in the end of their carrea, i don't think they would miss this oprtunity to make some extra money - this is a big monent for heavy metal music if u are somewhere close to poland please take a f@kking good quality video for rest of us that cant go.

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54. just let me say a comment writes:

all of those band are some where in the end of their carrea, i don't think they would miss this oprtunity to make some extra money - this is a big monent for heavy metal music if u are somewhere close to poland please take a good quality video for rest of us that cant go.

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55. golem writes:

Holly sh**!! I shall be there..not far from UK and polish beer and girls are legendary! Also I think the line-up should be completed by TESTAMENT!!! It would be a dream come true, what am I talking its is dream come true!!

# Dec 18, 2009 @ 6:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. Crushem writes:

Post 49, don't forget where the roots of metal came from, without which there would be no metal...

# Dec 18, 2009 @ 9:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. King Jericho writes:

Just take out the atrocity that is Anthrax and the mediocre sh** band Slayer and add Testament and Exodus, and you've got the big four.

This concert is half-fail half-epic. Sowwy guys

xoxo Kisses

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58. fireflyz writes:

There should be a festival in the St. Louis, Memphis, or New Orleans area! Then good bands could come to The USA and it would be close to me!!! I volunteer my farm if someone wants to supply the stage/ sound system/ bands ect. :)

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59. Necrovomit writes:

testament exodus kreator and powerglove baby! thats ur big four.....slayer can come too.

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60. godawefulll writes:

They should replace Metallica with Testament!!!! Then bring these USA bands to the USA!!!(what a concept!!!)

# Dec 19, 2009 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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61. Raychel writes:

no tour? come on, come to canada.. :P

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62. wilco writes:

plan will be i am going there
if my buddy find a ticket for
guess do have to early to europe this year

only two hours by airplain form holland

got major stress today trying to find a flight to europe for june july nothing there right now everything full

# Dec 21, 2009 @ 3:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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63. Old School Metal writes:

Unreal!!!!

Poland?!

WOW...lucky mofoz over in E. Europe!

If they truly wanted 2 give back 2 the fans, make it a juggernaut tour n' hit the whole world! They would make many millions n' fans like me can f***ing orgasm! hahaha

If they came close to Canada or the Midwest USA, my a$$ will be there!

Tix will be WELL OVER $100 4 sure thou...I guess they should be. Whatever the cost, I would pay it.

# Dec 22, 2009 @ 5:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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64. killernofiller writes:

I grew up on these bands, and would give both my left and right nut to see this hit the U.S.....I ask only they add Over-F*ckin'-Kill to the bill, who I think are the true vanguards of American Thrash Metal. At any rate, a headbangers dream come true.

# Dec 23, 2009 @ 11:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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65. Xplayer writes:

Ok, this is HUGE!!

# Dec 23, 2009 @ 6:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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66. TODDHATESUSALL writes:

i hope that sniveler bumstaine isnt head lining, how about the bands with most of their original members or all , and ya come to canada like, saskatoon ,huh SLAYER? and for some local taleent the mighty S Y L,
"wah do you know what its like being second place"

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67. DarkXmaster writes:

I hope Dave doesn't ruin this by complaining and being an arrogant a$$hole.

Hahaha I bet alot of the attention will probably be focus on dave since we know he can f*** everything up pretty easily.

I also see this tour being soldout quickly and costing a helluvalottamonies :|

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68. saxon83 writes:

Amen to 41. Metallica are horrible now.Won't come to US. Dave is a prick, also. Raychel 61 is supa hot! METAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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69. negativeone936 writes:

ha i wish i could afford to fly all the way over there and purchase ridiculously expensive tickets

np-cryptopsy: orgiastic disembowelment

# Dec 26, 2009 @ 10:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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70. Bigglestheman writes:

I doubt Dave would f*** up something this big when in the 90's when the feud with Metallica was still going on he didn't f*** up that concert they did together. Also he should realize that Metallica isn't as great as they were in the 80's because James singing butchers their 80's stuff. If they don't play in the US (which they probably will end up doing) they are morons.

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71. xDecapitation writes:

If Megadave doesn't f*** this one up, I'm hitting up Poland.

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72. Pissed_off_Redneck writes:

Finally they get together, but it seems that only Europe will get to see it...

If this is a "one-off" kinda thing, THERE HAD BETTER BE A FREAKING BLU-RAY!!!!!!!!

I would love to to see that show in NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE!!!!

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73. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

They would sell out everywhere if they toured the states. You may dislike some of these guys on moral basis, but face it, its 2010 and this could be a once in a lifetime chance, it may never happen again. I would love to throw my horns up in a audience to all of these guys. Poland is very lucky.....F***in' basta**'s!!! Enjoy :)

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74. EddieVH666 writes:

what did dave do to piss metallica and anthrax off I thought they made up? either way megadeth still kicks a$$ and this would be more epic than woodstock so they better f***ing come to america

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75. killernofiller writes:

too much $$$$ to be made NOT to come to the US. Just hope it doesn't take till 2011....

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