Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax - the 'Big Four' of thrash metal - will make rock history by sharing a bill for the first time ever at Sonisphere Festival in Poland and Czech Republic this June
Mastodon will also appear at both events with Heaven & Hell in the Czech Republic and Behemoth in Poland.
Metallica's Lars Ulrich mused, "Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrashmetal's big four would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time? What a mindfuck! Bring it on!"
As a special offer, everyone buying a weekend ticket to the UK Sonisphere event at Knebworth (featuring Iron Maiden and Rammstein) is entitled to receive a free ticket to see the 'Big 4' in Poland, at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw on Wednesday 16th June 2010 (offer ends on 31 December). This offer is not available to deposit scheme users and the Poland ticket is non-transferable.
These four acts broke out of the underground thrash movement to dominate the metal world in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. The metal giants have never before all shared the same stage, despite huge demand.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian philosophised: "People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984. That's twenty-six years of expectation! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if The Beatles, Stones, The Who and Zeppelin had done shows? Or Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Motorhead? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that's how big I feel this is."
Slayer's Kerry King added, "It's about fucking time this happened, and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome!"
Tickets for the first show in Poland are priced from 198 PLN (approx £45) and rise to 400 PLN (approx £87). To buy tickets, click here.
Tickets to see the 'Big 4' at Letiste Mimon, Prague, in the Czech Republic on Saturday 19th June 2010 are priced at 1,690 CZK (approx £60). To buy tickets, click here.
Weekend tickets to Sonisphere UK are priced at £132.50, or £157.50 with camping. Lockers are priced at £10, and parking is also £10 in advance or £20 on the day. And early arrival camping entry ticket is priced at £5, and tickets for camper vans are priced at £40.
To buy tickets, click here.
"This is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity for Heavy Metal 'Fans' to see the four greatest Heavy Metal 'Bands' in American history back together on one stage", concludes Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, "If there are any heads left at the end of this Festival that haven't banged, they don't belong there."
Stay posted for further Sonisphere confirmations and the most reliable rumours as they transpire.