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The Big 4 Talk About Their Supposed Rivalry

Twenty years on, they’ve put their differences aside and are touring the world together!

Rolling Stone Oct 18, 2011
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Back in the 1980s, The Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer) were all competing to be the biggest metal band in the world. Now that the dust has settled, the bands are all on extremely good terms with each other. They’ve even spent the last year staging massive Big 4 concerts around the globe. Before their show at New York’s Yankee Stadium, we spoke with the bands about how they all get along these days. “A lot of things have changed over the years,” said Lars Ulrich. “When you get out of the sandbox and grow up, you stop worrying so much about what everyone else is doing … To me, the competition is now internal. That’s the biggest difference from twenty years ago.”

Video by Eric Helton and Matthew Murphy; Written by Andy Greene

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