Why Anthrax’s Scott Ian Says More ‘Big 4’ Shows Won’t Happen Until At Least 2025

Yesterday (January 14th) Loudwire wrote about Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante‘s love for Exodus (which will support them on the other leg of Anthrax’s 40Th anniversary tour in North America). Logically, these upcoming concerts have fans wondering ‘Big 4’ of thrash metal reunite on stage. According to the Anthrax guitarist Scott Ianit’s unlikely to happen for another few years, if at all.

Ian and Benante recently sat down with Metal edge magazine to chat about said trip and anniversary (among other things, such as the status of their follow-up to 2016 For all kings).

Near the end, interviewer Michael Christopher mentioned it Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine “has been says he wants more [‘Big 4’] dates to happen and with Kills officially retired, if more dates happen do you think Exodus should be slotted into that slot? Or is the Big 4 something that is untouchable with just the four of you?”

Benante responded, “Yeah, I saw Mustaine kind of fish for some of that. I mean, I don’t know. I don’t think Metallica needs to do that right now. They’ve got so much coming up over the next two years. [laughs]”

Afterwards, Ian went into a little more serious detail:

Here’s the thing: [Metallica] just announced their ’23 and ’24 plans and I was looking at those dates this morning and thought, “Well I wonder if they’re like doing these two nights in every city here in the US and one night is Pantera night and the second night is Five Finger [Death Punch] night. So people are going to be clamoring for the Pantera night and no one’s going to show up the second night?”

But then I stopped myself and I said, “Wait a minute. They could have just advertised it as ‘An Evening With’ – without the opening bands – and they’re still selling out two nights at every stadium.” It doesn’t matter who’s opening. None of that matters. They don’t need backing bands. I guess they’re doing it to make an event out of it, but they don’t need it.

If the Big 4 were ever to happen again – in any capacity – it certainly won’t be until ’25 now, because they’ve already announced their plans. So there you go. Anyone with a question about the Big 4, hold that thought until 2025. [laughs]

There you have it.

In addition to Benante playing with Metallica – as part of Panther – during the latter’s “M72” 2023 – 2024 World Tour (for which you can buy tickets here), it doesn’t look like the quartet of thrash kings will be getting together anytime soon.

So how do you do it you feel like you might have to wait until 2025 – at the earliest – to see the ‘Big 4’ live again? Would you be okay with that? Exodus (or another band) replacing Slayer? Be sure to let us know!

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