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Big 4 Dominate Yankee Stadium in Show of Epic Proportions

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Never in my life have I been so eager to make the 3½ hour drive from Boston to Manhattan. And as a lifelong Red Sox fan, Yankee Stadium is not a place I like. But to catch one of just two Big 4 shows in the U.S., I would have worn a Yankees jersey if I had to. Well maybe that’s going a little too far.

Me and two comrades in metal piled into my Toyota Matrix at 8 a.m. Wednesday and sped toward what we knew was going to be heavy metal nirvana. We checked into our hotel, grabbed a quick bite and hopped the D train from mid-town up to the Bronx where we were greeted by a glorious scene: a sea of black T-shirt clad warriors filing toward metal mecca. Thousands unfortunately missed Anthrax as they were stuck outside the security gates in massive lines that moved at a snail’s pace.

Too bad because the native New Yorkers set it off proper.

“It’s a beautiful day for metal,” Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna boomed, welcoming the crowd to the historic day. “I can’t believe we made it into this building. They never let metal in here.” Well they sure did this day.

From “Indians” to “Antisocial” to “The Devil You Know” from the band’s new disc, “Worship Music,” Anthrax was a thundering force.

Next up was Megadeth. Dave Mustaine nearly backed out of the show because of a serious neck injury but soldiered on against doctor’s orders like the warrior that he’s been for decades. “This song is about putting someone’s head in a vice,” he said before blasting through “Headcrusher.”

Slayer completely dominated. There are few bands that play as hard or fast and the guys put everything they had into this once-in-a-lifetime show. Drummer Dave Lombardo at one point buried his head in his hands in between songs, appearing near exhaustion. Gary Holt of Exodus filled in for Jeff Hanneman, who’s on leave due to illness, and tore off riff after mind-blowing riff, showing why many headbangers argue that it should be the Big 5, with Exodus.

After unleashing a tsunami of punishment that included “Mandatory Suicide,” “Hate Worldwide,” “War Ensemble” and “Angel of Death,” it was Metallica’s turn.

And the platinum-draped metal kings wasted no time in getting back to their Bay Area 80s roots, tearing into “Creeping Death,” “Fade to Black,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Battery.” All the obligatory hits were sprinkled in, but so were some gems, including the instrumental “Orion” from “Master of Puppets.”

All the other bands joined Metallica for a jam on Motorhead’s “Overkill” before James Hetfield et. al. ended with an absolutely blistering version of “Seek and Destroy.” Every band on the bill was worthy of headlining. The sound system was incredible and all the bands sounded amazing. Truthfully, it may have been the best sound I’ve ever heard at a huge outdoor show.

Drained and exhausted, me and my friends grabbed an after-show beer, overwhelmed by the metal history we had just witnessed. It didn’t matter anymore that I was deep in the heart of Yankee country.

All that mattered was that we and 40,000 other lunatics had just soaked in one of the greatest metal bills ever assembled.

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1. heavy1 writes:

More u.s. dates please!

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. WOLF7 writes:

Damn... I wish I'd been there... sounds like it was just amazing. I'm jealous of whoever got to be there.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 1:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. pinto_beans writes:

(removes Big 4 shirt, Big 4 hat, Big 4 canteen, and Big 4 foam finger) Sorry what?

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 1:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. R10 writes:

Have to admit,i wished i was there. Would have had no problem wearing the Sox cap. Surprising low turn out for.hometown Anthrax,but the security holdup explains it.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 2:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. All The Noyes writes:

Hells yeah bro!

PN

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 5:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brandedcfh420 writes:

lots of wasted money!!!!!

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 8:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. NU METAL KID writes:

\Slayer/


\kiss/


\metallica/

\death/

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 10:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. \HEAVY METAL/ writes:

YO DUDE WAT

LOTS OF WASTED MONEY


WAT HAHAHA


NOW REAL MUSIX IZ

WASTED MONEY HA LOLZ


NOT FOR FANS WORLWIDE


THY LOVE THT

HAHAHA

LOLZ

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 10:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. pinto_beans writes:

Think I hear a certain hammer approaching slowly.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 10:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. brandedcfh420 writes:

the troll is back heh? keep showing how illiterate you are with your lame a$$ posts. yes wasted money on metallica, while the other 3 bands are way better than greed-tallica!!

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 10:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. runlevel0 writes:

:P I respect Slayer, Anthrax is a sad spectre of the band that was my favourite back in the 80's, Megadeth have always been so-so, fun but you could live without them... and metallica should never be put in the same sentence as Metal.

Fortunately there are bands in the world that still honour the term Metal, like Watain or Darkthrone, taht don't play in stadiums like stupid U2 or Queen.

f*** fake sh**, long live Real Metal, Rege Satanas!

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 11:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. wilco writes:

haha branded

indeed when i did see the big 4 in germany a metal feast

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 1:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. THE MIZ writes:

Wat wat wat

really hahaha

d***head metallica


iz the one who iz

holding metal alive


selling breaking records

worldwides

wait where iz other
bands hahaha

they r so invisible

tht no body

no one


knws thm hahaha

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. The miz writes:

Heyy jst forgets to

mention my fav part

wait here it comes

im the miz

nd im jst


awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


haha fck yeh


haters rulz


long live haters

haha lo

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 1:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. wilco writes:

aah a new troll f***er

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 2:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. brandedcfh420 writes:

the miz is another reason why DB needs to make this site a "only members are allowed to make posts" site. each time an illiterate troll like that posts it brings the quality of the site down, IMO. we strive to show metalheads have some kind of intelligence, but the more illiterates are allowed to post only strengthens the oppositions case of metalheads are all dumb and retarded!!

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. wilco writes:

wise words of branded

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 3:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. R10 writes:

Ive seen plenty of non members make great points,add to the discussion. This guy? Pass right over him. I cant even understand what he's trying to say. A Metallica thread usually does'nt get interesting until Hellrat comes in and levels it with his diatribe of disdain. Seems me and Wilco are the only ones who dare defend Metallica here.; - )

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 3:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. stoned a crow writes:

i went to the show. left after slayer played. only band there that really matters anyway.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 4:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. deathbringer writes:

The Miz - please try to type in some form of a sentence so that your low on meaning comments do not take 3-5x the space. Thanks.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 5:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. OlafBerzerker writes:

Had this show on the radar for about a month and then had to let it go,a couple bucks short. Still hopping theyl play Toronto

# Sep 17, 2011 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. DRACON writes:

#18

I will defend Metallica til the day I die. Just wish I could've been at Yankee Stadium. Had it not been the middle of the work week or if I'd have had vacation time I would have. Sounds like it was a great show. Guess I'll wait til next year... Lol.

\m/

STAY METAL!
-J

# Sep 27, 2011 @ 3:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. branded is a faggot writes:

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# Sep 28, 2011 @ 2:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. multimike writes:

i was fortunate enough to be able to go to Big 4 when they played in Indio, CA, coming all the way from WI (i wont say how, lets just say luck was on my side for that one :-P), my wife has loved metallica for years, she's more of a fan of the black/load/reload/garage inc albums, but she will throw in RTL and MOP just as much, ive seen metallica before when i was in high school (ooh, 8 years is so long ago *sarcasm), and it was one of the best concerts I have been to, the wife has had chances before, but was denied every time, and when i told her we were going, she did not believe a word i said until we were on the plane, and she absolutely loved it! That said, a highlight i would like to point out during Slayer's set in CA, i didnt read that it happened at Yankee Stadium, but in CA, on their last song, they played Raining Blood, and Jeff Hanneman came on the stage to play it! Awesome way to end their set, and we both loved it! From reading about it here at yankee stadium, sounds like another kick a** show, and i wish i was lucky enough to go to that one!

# Oct 4, 2011 @ 11:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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