NEWS: Big 4 to play Yankee Stadium

Great news for east coast-dwellers who missed the Big 4 show in California last weekend. Metallica just posted this on their site:

“A huge thanks to everyone who came out to the desert this past weekend . . . we felt the enormous love and support, so we just had to find a way to make one more Big 4 show in the States happen. Enter New York . . . that’s right, the Big 4 of Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and ‘Tallica will be in the new version of the famed Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011! We can’t wait for a night in the Bronx as our second American show and for those of you who love fun facts, this will also be the second live music event hosted at the new ballpark.”

NEWS: David Ellefson on Jackson, Megadeth, Hartke, Rock House Method

Bravewords.com has a great interview with Megadeth’s David Ellefson by Mitch Lafon (follow Mitch on Twitter here) in which Junior talks about switching to Hartke (and back to Jackson), the legacy of the Big 4, plans for the next Megadeth album, his Rock House Method instructional DVDs and more. Here are a couple of snippets.

Bravewords.com: You’re currently doing bass clinics with ANTHRAX’ Frank Bello.

David Ellefson: “Yeah, it’s cool because Hartke amplifiers has been a really big supporter for me. I started using them as far back as the Peace Sells tour and I’ve turned back to my weapons of choice which is the Jackson bass and the Hartke amplifiers. I did some clinics for Hartke while I was out on the Jagermeister tour and Frank Bello just came on board with Hartke, so I thought it was a really cool idea that during our down time that Frank and I go out and do some clinics together. The Big 4 thing has become the anchor between the four bands now. We’ve really put a name to our community and I think that anytime any of us do things together whether it’s the SLAYER/Megadeth Carnage tour, the Slayer/Anthrax/Megadeth Jägermeister tour, Frank and I doing bass clinics or all four of us getting onstage as the Big 4 again… More than ever we’ve become so tightly knit as a community of thrash metal right now and anything that we can do together as either pieces of the big machine or as the big machine itself is great for the fans and great for empowering the movement.”

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