SVT2, one of two television channels run by Sweden's public television broadcaster Sveriges Television, is airing a five-hour live broadcast of the "Big Four" concert today (Sunday, July 3) from Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden beginning at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST / 9:00 a.m. PST. If you live outside Sweden, you can also watch all the action below.The festival features the so-called "Big Four" bands of 1980s thrash metal METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH sharing the stage in Sweden for the first time. Following the first U.S. "Big Four" concert in Indio, California on April 23, a second U.S. show featuring METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX has been confirmed for September 14 at the new version of the legendary Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York City. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told RollingStone.com after the Indio show that an East Coast date was coming, along with possible gigs in the South and Midwest, although he doubted a full tour would happen.
The all-day event in Indio featured the so-called "big four" bands of the Eighties thrash metal scene performing together on a U.S. stage for the first time ever in their 30-year careers.
A series of similar shows last summer in Europe was wildly popular, leading to demand for a U.S. version. All four bands were presented with awards for sales of a hundred thousand copies of a "Big Four" live DVD which was released late last year.