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The Big Four at Soundwave2013?

Updated – 10 August

Soundwave boss AJ Maddah claims that “this is not a big 4 gig” but the addition of Slayer alongside Metallica and Anthrax brings the festival even closer to presenting The Big Four – could we see another big announcement soon?

With both Metallica and Anthrax included on the massive Soundwave 2013 lineup there’s speculation that the festival could be bringing the Big Four to Australia for the first time by adding Megadeth and Slayer on the second announcement.

The festival’s boss AJ Maddah has declared “There is no precedent for this kind of line-up!” and that the impressive lineup is a one off for Soundwave’s ten year anniversary and Maddah says that “Next year will return to normal.” There’s not much room left for really huge acts with Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink-182, A Perfect Circle and Tomahawk will all playing on the festival’s mainstages but what better way to celebrate a decade of Soundwave than with The Big Four?

The festival still has “many more” bands to added to the lineup with the second announcement. Maddah has boasted “We’re not even done yet… 2nd announcement is a damn good festival by itself imho!” and revealing that the additions will include “some great metal… 2 more big metal bands. Couple of smaller ones too.” Two more big metal bands, huh?

Maddah has said on Twitter in June that Slayer are highly unlikely to be part of the lineup and that Megadeth is
“not likely tbh”. He had also claimed that Metallica were as likely to play Soundwave as Hendrix and Joplin, so perhaps he’s just playing games again.

According to Herald Sun’s chief tour prognosticator Nui Te Koha (aka Nuistradamus), who managed to accurately guess that Linkin Park, Blink-812 and The Offspring would be on the lineup, “Soundwave promoters are understood to have made a pitch to the so-called Big Four – Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. But scheduling was a hurdle.” At this stage neither Slayer or Megadeth have announced any tour dates for 2013.

Megadeth released their thirteenth album TH1RT3EN last year, but haven’t toured Australia since the No Sleep Til… tour in 2010. Slayer are working on the follow-up to 2009’s World Painted Blood with guitarist Kerry King telling MTV in June that they’re “gonna finish the record September-October”. They played on the Soundwave tour in 2011 although they were forced to cancel their Sydney set just moments before the were due onsatge.


Check out FL’s analysis of the Soundwave 2013 lineup

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rickyaarons said on the 9th Aug, 2012

and megadeth have claimed they will be in australia in feb/march 2013


jacegalvin said on the 9th Aug, 2012

With an image that pixelated, who needs a source!


loungefly81 said on the 9th Aug, 2012

so the 2nd announcement might give us the only two of the four worth listening to.....


crob said on the 9th Aug, 2012

if so then then im interested to see if any of the big 4 will cash


Oflick said on the 9th Aug, 2012

The main stage is packed at the moment as it is, I can't imagine the big 4 fitting in unless they were scattered among various stages throughout the day.


crob said on the 9th Aug, 2012

i can imagine slayer would play the same time as blink....


Oflick said on the 9th Aug, 2012

Jason Millar ‏@CanberraCrusada
@iamnotshouting I was just wondering ,why aren't Anthrax at the top of the bill along side Metallica since they're both part of the big 4?

AJ ‏@iamnotshouting
@CanberraCrusada this is not a big 4 gig.


matted said on the 9th Aug, 2012

big 4 ministry killing joke = completion (unless fugazi reform)

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer said on the 9th Aug, 2012

No chance of this I reckon. And Metallica not doing any sideshows is odd (considering their epic tour last time around). Perhaps the reasoning here is that they'll be back in 2013/14 for a Big 4 tour?


Piko said on the 10th Aug, 2012

Surely you wouldn't let Metallica do sideshows. They are the guarantee to selling out Soundwave at all locations

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 10th Aug, 2012

Metallica would sell out the festival and sideshow quite easily I would have thought. There are a lot of bogans out there


nickyy said on the 17th Aug, 2012

Won't be, AJ said the third announce will be locals and The Vandals because they haven't confirmed yet.