Big Four wow crowds at Sonisphere Poland

Metallica, Antrhax, Megadeth and Slayer rock Warsaw

Big Four wow crowds at Sonisphere Poland

Photographer: Joanna Kurkowska17 June 2010

Sonisphere Poland was some way to start the summer tour. Anthrax kicked things off and nearly 30 years after they formed, they played to their biggest-ever audience. This was Joey Belladonna’s first show since rejoining the band and he played ‘Only’ for the first time ever. Another highlight was during ‘Indians’ when they broke into a tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of ‘Heaven and Hell’.

Megadeth were also welcoming back a former member in original bass player, David Ellefson and with metal nostalgia in the air, they celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘Rust in Peace’, by playing the classic thrash metal album in its entirety before finishing with four of their biggest-ever hits.

Slayer were simply Slayer. Classic track followed classic track in a trademark tight performance, with the Polish crowd also treated to ‘World Painted Blood’ and ‘Hate Worldwide’ from the new album. It was good to see Tom Araya looking back to his best after his recent back injury.

Kerry King then stuck around to watch the whole of Metallica’s mammoth set from the side of the stage, as did local metal hero Nergal from Behemoth. “I fucking love these guys,” he said before he got on stage. “The last time they really blew me away.”

They did the same to the crowd here…almost literally with the pyrotechnics during ‘Fuel’, ‘Blackened’ and ‘Enter Sandman’. As James Hetfield put it: “This is the greatest metal show on earth.”

Set lists:

?Anthrax
Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)
Indians
Antisocial (Trust cover)
Madhouse
Only
Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
I Am The Law

Megadeth?
Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
Hangar 18
Take No Prisoners
Five Magics
Poison Was the Cure
Lucretia
Tornado of Souls
Rust in Peace… Polaris
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Headcrusher
Sweating Bullets
Symphony Of Destruction
Peace Sells
 
Slayer

World Painted Blood
Jihad
War Ensemble
Hate Worldwide
Angel of Death
Dead Skin Mask
Disciple
South of Heaven
Raining Blood

Metallica

Creeping Death
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Fuel
The Four Horsemen
Fade To Black
That Was Just Your Life
Cyanide
Sad But True
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
All Nightmare Long
One
Master Of Puppets
Blackened
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
Hit The Lights
Seek & Destroy

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