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Dave Mustaine Talks Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax Tour Rumor


09/14/2009
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(Blabbermouth) Megadeth's Dave Mustaine was asked during an interview about the rumored "Big Four" tour that would feature Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Here is what he had to say about it:

"I don't know... I think anything is possible. But the whole beauty of what we did with the 'Clash Of The Titans' [U.S. tour in 1991] was the three of us [Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax], we really had a common thread that ran through all of us and we were very close in a lot of different areas. Of course, METALLICA's success really put them in a kind of unapproachable position where they were just so high in stature, we kind of were all left behind, if you know what I mean. But not saying that in a bad way, because I'm totally satiated with my success right now; I'm very happy with what I've done in my life. Going into what the 'Clash Of The Titans' was, we all had this mutual respect, and we all rotated. And the lineup was always the same Anthrax played before Megadeth, and Megadeth always played before Slayer. So whoever was headlining, the rotation swapped. Like, if Slayer was headlining, it would be Anthrax, me, then Slayer. If I was headlining, Slayer would open, then Anthrax, then me. Now, I don't know that, because of the stature of Metallica versus [the other three bands], if it would really be a balanced kind of four-way show, you know what I'm saying? . . . [But] I'm not gonna rule anything out.

And as much as I'm trying to tap-dance around in this, it's just gossip and rumors. It would be foolish of me as a businessman to not take that opportunity, and it would be dumb of me as a bandleader to not do that for the guys in my group and for the fans of the band. But again, I don't wanna play in the round [which seems to be Metallica's preferred stage set-up nowadays], and I don't see us going into an arena and the guys in Metallica changing their stage for me. I think that there's a couple of things that, if that was gonna happen, they would have to be ironed out, and there's a lot of stuff. I mean, besides the personal stuff, which is always gonna be there. It's just a matter of how we're progressing in our spiritual walk that we can deal with those things from the past and not perpetuate it going forward. I don't wanna keep breaking open those old wounds; I would rather that they stay healed. I've made my best attempts at passing around olive branches and I think that it's not gonna get any better unless there's something on the horizon for me just by continuing to be supportive of these other guys and look at who I am and be happy with that." - Read more from the interview at Blabbermouth including his thoughts on the recent bashings he's been taking from Slayer



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