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‘The Big 4’ – Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer & Anthrax – to thrash California on April 23

The wait is over and the announcement has been made – the 2011 edition of the ‘Big Four’ or ‘Big 4’ show will be held on April 23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The Big 4 festival brings together four legendary bands of thrash metal – Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.

“Four of the heaviest bands of all time, share one stage for the one and only U.S. appearance, Saturday April 23rd 2011 – Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA,” read an announcement on ‘The Big4’ Facebook page.

The Big 4 Festival - Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax

The Big 4 Festival - Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax

The announcement came after the anticipation was built up on the social networking site and other social media platforms like Twitter on the upcoming announcement.

“Announcement Tuesday January 25th 8am PST,” said the earlier post.

The ticket sales will begin on Friday, January 28 at 10 am.

Megadeth Fan Club members have a day’s advantage with tickets’ presale beginning on Thursday, January 27 at 8 am PST. Metallica also announced that Fan Club members can check MetClub.com for pre-sale and VIP package info.

The 2010 edition of the Big 4 festival took place on June 2010 at Sonisphere Festival at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria. The DVD of the show and a limited-edition guitar pick was unveiled in the year-end.

“You’ve probably heard us all say it . . . the vibe was just so incredible at last year’s Big 4 shows that we can’t stop now!! So we’re finally bringing the love to our home turf on April 23, 2011 with ‘Tallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in Indio, CA at the Empire Polo Club (yes, the more observant of you will note that this is the same spot where the Coachella Festival takes place the weekend before),” a statement on Metallica.com read.

The Big 4 festival took birth in 2009. Back then, it was something so surreal to even imagine these four heavyweights share the stage. We’ll recall what Lars Ulrich said when the rumours began doing the rounds in September 2009:

“I think it would be a super-fun thing to do. It’s something that I would definitely support. It’s something that I would love to encourage. It’s something I love to be very proactive in putting together. But right now it’s not something that really left that party; it’s not something that’s like hush-hush being worked on behind the scenes or anything like that.

“I read some of those Internet sites myself once in a while, and it’s not something that’s going down, but it’s something that I would be totally for at some point if it could happen. And we would love to be a part of that at any level possible.”

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