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Metallica Enthusiastic About Possible Tour with Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax

Metallica are wrapping up a massive two-and-half year touring cycle later this year but that hasn't kept them from looking ahead to future tour plans and they may involve three words that will make any thrash metal fans salivate: The Big Four!

After this summer's monumental Big Four shows as part of the Sonisphere festival that saw Metallica share the stage with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, Lars Ulrich has warmed up to the idea of bring the package to fans in the U.S. and the U.K. "The vibe on this thing [the 'Big Four' tour] is so big, we'd be stupid to ignore it," Ulrich tells Classic Rock magazine. "You know on your iPhone, you can move the weather maps up and down? Well, the 'Big Four' is quickly moving up to the top in terms of potential occurrences for the next couple of years."

But don't expect it to happen right away: "We started in May 2008, so we've got to go and lie down pretty soon!" he said. "We've got three runs out in Australia, Japan and New Zealand in the Fall, then we're going to take a little bit of a breather because at that point we will have been two-and-a-half years on the road." He adds, "So I would champion trying to do this [the 'Big Four' tour] in 2011 or 2012, obviously in England and the United States . It's just a matter of logistics. I don't think there's anybody involved who considers there's a sell-by date on this. - Read the Classic Rock Feature here

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