Born in Glendale, Ariz., in 2003, Job For a Cowboy has ridden a long way in the past seven years. After a short break from a relentless touring schedule, the band re-saddled and headed out to the prestigious Download Festival in England earlier this month. Not only were the band on the bill of the first day of the three-day metal marathon, they deservedly headlined the festival’s Third Stage on Friday, June 11, 2010. And thanks to their brutal, patented blend of death metal and hard-core, they quickly whipped the large throng watching them into a headbanging frenzy of circle pits.
Just before their triumphant Download performance, the band’s Jackson-wielding axeman, Al Glassman, graciously found the time to rap with us about his axe and amps. Thanks for taking the time before kicking some serious ass onstage, Al!
… and you can witness one of only seven global appearances at a theater near you today — June 22, 2010*
*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you can’t make it, or if your local theater is already sold out, there will be an encore presentation in select theaters on Thursday, June 24.
Two proud members of two of the elite “Big Four” bands – both abusing Jacksons: Scott Ian of Anthrax and David Ellefson of Megadeth.
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the ominous presence and staying power of thrash metal. Simply put, it’s the Carcharodon carcharias — the great white shark — of the heavy metal world: a remorseless, intimidating, brutally savage yet strangely graceful and beautiful creature that is both totally fearless and relentlessly unstoppable. Thrash’s evolutionary perfection was born of four U.S. bands in the mid-1980s: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. And while the undeniable influence of these four have spawned countless other bands – some of them truly amazing – none will ever equal let alone top their impact, influence and longevity. Hence the well deserved “Big Four” label bestowed on these founding fathers of thrash.
Strange as it may sound, and despite the fact that these four U.S. thrashers are all friends (for the most part!), they’ve never performed together — until now. Finally, after years of wishful thinking by the metal-loving masses and countless online rumors spreading virulently (like, say, anthrax), the dark dreams of many fans have finally been answered. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax recently announced seven dates together for their multi-band Sonisphere tour of Europe. The only trouble is that said shows are in pretty weird and wonderful locations (unless you live in said places, of course). June concert dates and the seven lucky cities are:
As previously reported in the Bloodline Blog, on Saturday, June 12, 2010, Lamb of God turned in a staggeringly brilliant performance on the main stage of the 2010 Download Festival in England. We were fortunate enough not only to witness them pummeling a 100,000-strong crowd from the side of the stage, but also to film some of it for our site! As you’re about to see firsthand, it was a jaw-dropping sight. Then, post-show, came the proverbial “icing on the cake” or ”beer on the house” — despite being exhausted, our exuberant pair of LoG signature artists, Mark Morton and John Campbell, took time to give us an exclusive interview. Here’s some of what we ended up with from side-stage and backstage. Enjoy — and if you’re a dad, HAPPY FREAKIN’ FATHERS DAY!
We can’t believe this hasn’t happened before, but, like all thrash metal fans, Jackson is psyched to report that the “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal—Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax—played together for the first time ever on the night of Wednesday, June 16, before 81,000 horn-throwing fans at the Sonisphere Festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.
There’s much shared history among the four bands, and they all occasionally cross paths with each other as they crisscross the worldwide concert circuit, but the June 16 event in Poland was in fact the first time that all four seminal bands have shared a stage.
“It’s kind of a big deal because the four bands have never actually played on the same stage together,” said Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo a few days before the event. “I’ll show up, bass in hand, ready to throw down. It should be cool. Hopefully it will be all peace and love and a lot of loud music.”
Several more Big Four shows are scheduled to take place in Europe; a June 22 concert in Bulgaria will be beamed to U.S. movie theaters (see clip below).
Members from all four bands met on June 15 in Warsaw for a pre-tour dinner and get-together that Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson called “very relaxed and comfortable” and “a class way” to ease into the tour.
The first day’s blog finished with AC/DC, but the day itself was far from over. We figured that with two long days ahead of us plus the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London on Monday afternoon and evening, we’d be incredibly responsible and resist the temptation of the late night bars in the VIP backstage section and take a cab straight back to the hotel. So we located the festival’s cab rank and headed for it. To be frank though, it was so far away that there should’ve been a cab rank of taxis to take you there!
After a good 20 minutes of weaving through drunken revelers, we finally made it to the taxi line. The only trouble was another 200-plus people had also had the same idea—the queue was huge! Not a problem though, we decided; as long as there’s a constant stream of cabs coming in, we’ll be home in no time. The “constant stream” however was more like an erratic, slow drip. After 15 minutes that seemed like 50 and as many cabs, it became obvious that this was a two- to three-hour wait. Only one logical choice to make then: go back to the VIP bars and wait it out there. So we trekked all the way back and after marveling at just how quickly AC/DC’s stage was being dismantled, we hit the bars. Then, 15 minutes before the bars closed we ventured back out and got a cab—this time with little or no wait. Then, when we got back to the hotel at 2:30 a.m., to our absolute horror the bar there was still open and we ended up getting “kidnapped” by three rockers from New Zealand. Seemed like a good idea at the time …
Before I get on to Saturday’s festivities, let me share something I forgot to post in the Day 1 blog: Bullet For My Valentine’s set list. Here it is, taped to Matt Tuck’s pedalboard …
Perennial U.K. metal mainstay Iron Maiden is already a handful of dates into a massive summer 2010 North American tour, and has announced an Aug. 17 U.S. release date for 15th studio album The Final Frontier.
To mark both happy occasions, the band has released one of the forthcoming album’s scorching new stadium-shakers, “El Dorado,” as a free download on website www.ironmaiden.com. The site also features newly unveiled album art.
“We thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release,” said Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson.