Big 4 Go Double Platinum

(Gibson) Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, the infamous "Big Four" of thrash, were presented with double-platinum plaques this weekend for The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria, the two-disc DVD release documenting one of their Sonisphere festival concerts from last year.

The presentation ceremony took place before the bands history-making Big Four show at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, on April 23. In attendance at the presentation was Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, who had been absent from his band's recent shows while recovering from surgery on his left arm. Hanneman took the stage for Slayer's two encore songs, after his seat was kept warm for the main set by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt (Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien had also substituted for Hanneman at recent shows).

Later, during Metallica's encore, members of all four bands reprised their performance of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?," one of the highlights of the Big Four DVD. This time Slayer's Kerry King also participated in the monster jam. more on this story

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