The "Full Metal Jackie Big Four Radio Special", a two-hour radio program featuring music and interviews with members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX as they prepared to come together for this past Saturday's (April 23) "Big Four" concert at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California can be streamed in two parts below.
The all-day festival featured the so-called "Big Four" bands of 1980s thrash metal sharing the stage in the U.S. for the first time ever, drawing an estimated 50,000 people.
The "Full Metal Jackie Big Four Radio Special" featured exclusive interviews with the principal figures from each band, including Lars Ulrich of METALLICA, Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH, Kerry King of SLAYER and Scott Ian of ANTHRAX surrounded by the sonically crushing highlights from their collective catalogs that defined a generation and continue to shape the metal genre.
"Full Metal Jackie Radio" is two hours of fist-pounding metal, hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie, featuring regular interviews with many of metal's biggest names, past and present. Visit www.fullmetaljackieradio.com for further details.
Following last Saturday's "Big Four" concert in Indio, California, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has told RollingStone.com that more U.S. dates are on the way. He revealed, "We are looking to book something on the East Coast because of the success of this — it should hopefully come together in a week or two. Maybe we'll do somewhere in the Midwest and South, too. Still, I don't think it will turn into a 40-date arena tour; that would make it less special. I like the fact that there's an element of chaos to the whole thing. It shouldn't be sterile, streamlined and perfect: it needs an edgy underbelly to remain authentic."
Members of all four bands got together at the end of METALLICA's set to play the song "Am I Evil?", originally by the cult British metal band DIAMOND HEAD. Lars Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio why that was a good choice for a show-closing jam. "The great thing about cover songs, you know, certainly in that context with the four bands, was that you're not playing anybody's song," he said. "So I think to invite everybody up onstage to play a METALLICA song would just be weird. DIAMOND HEAD, I think, seems like such a common denominator in everybody's inspiration pool that 'Am I Evil?' just seemed like the perfect song."
A series of similar shows last summer in Europe was wildly popular, leading to demand for a U.S. version. The "Big Four" package will also head back to Europe this July.
All four bands were presented over the weekend with awards for sales of a hundred thousand copies of a "Big Four" live DVD which was released late last year.