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The “Big Four” tour actually happening!

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    First came hope. Then came doubt. Now comes reality. As Antiquiet and Billboard report, heavy metal’s Big Four — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax — will in fact tour together in 2010.

    As it stands now, the high-profile foursome is scheduled to perform at two editions of next year’s traveling Sonisphere Festival, starting June 16th in Warsaw, Poland and continuing June 19th in Prague, Czech Republic. Billboard reports more dates are likely forthcoming, however, there is no word on plans for possible North American engagements.

    All participants appear to be quite thrilled by the news, as evident by the following issued statements:

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    Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich proclaims, “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!” Slayer’s Kerry King adds that, “It’s about fucking time this happened, and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome.”

    Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine goes on to note that the Big Four shows are “a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for heavy metal ‘fans’ to see the four greatest heavy metal ‘bands’ in American history back together on one stage. If there are any heads left at the end of this Festival that haven’t banged, they don’t belong there.”

    Sounds like it will be a good time. Tickets to the Sonisphere Festivals are available at their respective websites.

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