The Big Four: 10 Ideas To Beat That Tour
So, the Big Four of thrash are playing shows together next year. Which got us thinking. What else might rival the combination of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, in terms of excitement? Come inside for 10 suggestions, some more feasible than others…
Rainbow – Despite the fierce recent debate about the relative merits of Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner and (yes) Doogie White, most UK fans would flock to see a reunion involving Dio and Blackmore above all else. Who else would be in the line-up? Would anyone care?!
Deep Purple Mk III – Still on a Blackmore kick, this is the Purple incarnation that most captures the imagination. Ticket sales are guaranteed if Blackmore gets back with David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. Positively droolsome.
Bon Jovi – They might have lost the rock fan base. But there is one way to get it back: announce a tour doing tracks from the first four albums only. Winner!
Sabbath, Maiden, Priest, Motörhead – Even Scott Ian agreed this combination (as long as it’s the original Sabs) would top anything the Big Four could achieve. If only politics could be brushed aside.
Soundgarden – It’s been rumoured, and the prospect of Chris Cornell going back to the grunge mothership is mouth-watering. They’d be bigger than ever. Bet on it.
Guns N’ Roses – It has to be Axl, Slash, Duff and Izzy (Adler or Sorum on drums? Are you bothered?), and this might just be the biggest reunion of them all. Multiple stadium bookings, with people turning up partially to see a great band, and partly to witness a potential car crash.
Genesis, Yes, ELP, King Crimson – Prog heaven. Get Gabriel-era Genesis, Jon Anderson-fronted Yes (with Rick Wakeman) and the original King Crimson on to the same bill as ELP – and you really have the makings of a spectacle. As well as the opportunity for very long songs. And capes. And Persian rugs.
NWOBHM – No, not the way it’s been done so far, with lots of third and fourth division bands gathered together on mostly European bills, trying to relive glory days they never had. We mean Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon and the original Diamond Head. Compered by Neal Kay. Happening on the site of the first Soundhouse, namely the Bandwagon in Kingsbury, North West London. Mind you, we’d have to knock down the Tesco’s they’ve now built there!
Pretties For You – Imagine a bill with a reunited Runaways, Girlschool, Rock Goddess….plus Doro, Suzi Quatro… oh, and Lisa Dominique (natch!). We’d even get one-time Hawkwind muse Stacia out of retirement for some strangely erotic dancing. Lovely.
English thrashers – Finally, a festival of English thrash bands from the 1980s and 1990s: Xentrix, Acid Reign, Reanimator and Toranaga. Guaranteed to fill a phone box… well, almost.
Have we missed out any obvious ones? Let us know.
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