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Slayer Frontman Tom Araya Dishes on Big 4 Concert at Yankee Stadium

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Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, also known as the “Big 4″ of thrash, made history on April 23, 2011, when they finally shared the stage together for the first time in the United States. Despite tension between Metallica and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, the metal legends were able to put their differences aside and create a lineup nearly 30 years overdue.

Luckily the 50,000 fans who experienced the landmark event in Indio, Calif., won’t be the only American crowd to do so. New Yorkers are next to experience the cultural phenomenon when the Big 4 show invades Yankee Stadium on Sept. 14. The concert promises to showcase not only some of the biggest metal bands on the planet, but some serious tailgating in the parking lot.

Slayer singer-bassist Tom Araya recently spoke about the upcoming New York show. “Well, we’re talking about four groups that have been around for 30 years, to some extent, and it’s a gathering of four tribes,” Araya tells Examiner. “To me it’s pretty special and it says a lot about the music that the four bands created and we’re a part of, that we’ve lasted this long and to some extent are still going strong.”

Araya also says the heavyweight bill brings out the best in each band. “It’s a competitive edge, everyone wants to outdo the other band,” he explains. “And so the result is you get four bands playing really, really good trying to outdo each other. To me it’s more of a friendly competitiveness … Whether they want to admit it or not, we all want to go out there and beat the other bands.”

As of this post, tickets are still available for the Yankee Stadium show.

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