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Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Speaks On Big Four U.S. Show

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In an interview yesterday on the Kevin & Bean Show for KROQ-FM, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explained why the "Big Four" (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) have only scheduled one date in the United States so far. Speaking about the show, Ulrich said:

"Let's take baby steps here. We did seven or eight dates last year, we're doing one show in England and one show in France.

"Listen, we don't wanna cram this down people's throats., we don't wanna sort of overstay the welcome, and we don't know what kind of response there's gonna be to this in America, so we're starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country...

"We have a history in Southern California, Slayer has a history in Southern California, (Dave) Mustaine has a history in Southern California, so there's a lot of history in California. And we picked the Coachella site where this is going down the week after the Coachella, which is probably - along with Bonnaroo - the favorite festival site to go to in North America.

"If there is enough demand for it, obviously there's a very strong possibility that there'll be more shows, but we don't wanna overextend the welcome and we also don't wanna turn it into something that becomes just this whole nostalgia trip. So it's a balancing act, you know."

The show will take place on Saturday, April 23rd at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, California and will be the first time the four bands have played together on American soil.

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1. thx writes:

thanks Lars; I can see clearly now the rain has gone

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Jomama writes:

Overstay the welcome? Huh? What in the hell is Lars talking about. He's still annoying! Get on with it and get the show on the road in the states!

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RTB writes:

haha, post 1
ya idk what he's talking about either....you bring a couple decent warm up bands, the big 4, and its a guarenteed stadium tour....50,000 minimum...
the big 4 dvd goes platinum, and when this show sells out in a few days maybe that will convence him, but i think lars is blowing smoke up our azzes again...he knows WTF is going on...

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. twobntouch writes:

Lars sure sounds like a douche sometimes... No wonder Megadave doesn't like him ;-)

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Shintzle writes:

That's some of the dumbest sh** I've ever heard. How exactly is scheduling more than one show a national disrespect? What a tool Lars is. Every time you think he's reached the pinnacle of douchebaggery, he climbs a little bit higher.

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 12:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brandedcfh420 writes:

LARS SHOWS HOW FKN MORONIC HE TRULY IS.

""we don't wanna sort of overstay the welcome""
TOO FKN LATE..............!!

"and we don't know what kind of response there's gonna be to this in America, so we're starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country"
OK, SERIOUSLY, ARE YOU TRYING SAY, AFTER ALL THE YEARS OF AMERICANS SAYING WE WANT THIS, YOU STILL DONT KNOW WHAT KIND OF RESPONSE THIS IS GOING TO GET?!?! TIME TO OPEN YOUR EYES YOU FKN GAY MAN'S DILDO!!

"If there is enough demand for it"
WOW, HE DEFINITELY HAS NOT BEEN READING UP ONLINE IN THE FORUMS FROM AROUND AMERICA ABOUT HOW MUCH DEMAND THERE IS FOR IT!!!!

" we also don't wanna turn it into something that becomes just this whole nostalgia trip."
AS IF IT WOULD LEAD TO A HUUUUUUUUUGE WORLD TOUR. THE EGOS IN THESE BANDS WOULD NEVER LET THAT HAPPEN!! LARS AND DAVE WOULD FIGHT SO MUCH IT WOULD CANCEL THE TOUR ALMOST IMMEDIATELY!!

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 12:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Derp writes:

Really? Not sure what NA wants? I'm pretty sure that everyone would like more than one goddamn date dude. I would be surprised to find anyone seriously say "Man, the big four did more than ONE show in America! Can you believe those a$$holes? Disrespectful fvckers, I tell ya!"

One date is not enough, plain and simple.

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 2:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ZMA writes:

Lars Ulrich is the biggest moran I've ever seen. I don't know how anyone in Metallica has made it this far in there career. All those shows he's talking about were in Europe.
So why only one fvcking show in North America? That's bullsh**. Not that I'd be going for Metallica anyway. Megadeth all the fvckin' way.

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. oldskool writes:

well lets hear what SLAYER MEGADETH AND ANTHRAX have to say

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 2:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. R Tenney writes:

Like I said in past posts. They're f***ing with you! Trust me by April or May they announce 10 to 12 stadium dates 4 end of summer. These business men aint stupid. They're trying 2 build hype and exclustivity with one show announcement. They drop the hammer later trust me on this. Metallica pays millions to mgt team to properly hype this sh**! Hardest part is how 2 properly split the loot they're gonna make off this!

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 2:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Cynic writes:

"Lars Ulrich is the biggest moran I've ever seen."

Moran.

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 3:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. pig writes:

Nothing wore than someone being a moran

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 3:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. pig writes:

fvck...worse. lol

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 3:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Thunderworks writes:

We should f***in play with them too! Thunderworks, Megadeath, Slayer, Anthrax, and Metalica! I could see it now!

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 4:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. 9Maggot9 writes:

@14 Megadeath? f***ing shame on you X_X

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. ATDAWNTHEYSLEEP writes:

I'm with you Tenny ............I'm calling bullsh** on the whole one date deal.............and @14 Megadeath LOL..your killing me 9maggot9...nice catch

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 9:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Cynic writes:

The only thing worse than Megadeath is Metalica. The IQ in here is sinking quickly...

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. brandedcfh420 writes:

WHY WASNT THOUNDERWORKS EVEN CONSIDERED IN THE 1ST FKN PLACE?!?!?!?!

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 10:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. brandedcfh420 writes:

damnit....thunderworks

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 10:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. deathfreak writes:

all i want to know is that if us as in the home country of the bands of the big 4, why didnt we get the first dates? thats was a f***ing kick in the balls right there

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. tallica_fan writes:

no matter how many people i see f*** it up, 'megadeath' just looks plain wrong...apparently corn, lincoln park and creator are also on the bill

# Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. hellrat writes:

yeah, i was hearin rumors that Deaf Leopard might show as well

# Jan 27, 2011 @ 12:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. xEdgeKidx writes:

Thank babe, i thought the Big 4 was only playing in CA, but i guess i'll wait to see if more dates will be announced in the US. Patience is a virtue.

# Jan 27, 2011 @ 12:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Spirit In Black writes:

They will do more shows...this is too big a 'cash cow' not to, considering the response thus far. As for Lars, how many different ways can 1 guy stick his foot in his mouth!?!?!?

# Jan 27, 2011 @ 4:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. R Tenney writes:

Lars doesn't want this to turn into one big nostalgia trip? Yeah right. That's the appeal anyway. One big trip down memory lane. Seeing Master of Puppets is 25 years old they should play it in its entirety. Megadeth should play Peace Sells Slayer should play reign in Blood. 25 years! Sorry but most fans don't wanna hear death magnetic or world painted blood. Imagine Mustaine coming out to jam with Metallica on Whiplash or four horseman. That's what we want!

# Jan 27, 2011 @ 7:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. ? writes:

fuk it we should just boycott the fukin show , but you know all you crybabies are going to go anyway so just shut the fuk up already

# Jan 27, 2011 @ 9:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. ATDAWNTHEYSLEEP writes:

Again, Tenney on the ball here...I did see Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament in the fall last year and Megadeth played the entire R.I.P album, it sounded better than it did when they released it.....yes..a 25 yr celebration would be ideal.....only problem is James cant sing like he did 25 yrs ago........the songs dont sound right anymore......even Daves screwed up voice is ten times better than James right now.....

# Jan 28, 2011 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. R Tenney writes:

Saw American Carnage last August. Thought Megadeth nailed it performance wise. Mustaine doesn't hit higher notes any more but performance of Rust in peace was dead on Broderick makes a big differance imo. Don't know if it was just this performance but Slayer sounded flat. Almost unenthused.

# Jan 28, 2011 @ 4:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. hellrat writes:

NP---the four hossmen

'...so gather round young warriors now! and saddle up your steeds...killing Scores with Demon Swords!

now is the death of doers wrong, till your Judgement hammers down...safely inside Armor, Blood Guts and Sweat!....'

sorry my friends, the Quartet of Deliverence has ridden...and they're Long Gone

oh ya, and by the way...danish now puffs the pole ;)

# Jan 28, 2011 @ 11:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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