Heavy Metal Coachella: Apr 23

Holy *&@#!


Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax made thrash-metal history last year when they performed on the same bill in a string of European shows, and now they will bring their blistering sonic collective to the U.S. on April 23 in a most unexpected venue – the Empire Polo Field in Indio.

The seven “Big Four” shows were major music moments, with a Bulgaria date yielding a bestselling boxed set (bundling CDs with DVDs or Blu-rays) and an HD satellite broadcast that reached fans in hundreds of movie theaters. Tickets for the one-night show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster.

The metal extravaganza will be staged the Saturday after the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and the organizers of that California festival are behind this surprise booking.

I’ve been a Coachellla regular for the last few years, so I am SO DOWN for this.


I saw the first Coachella they ever put on in ‘99 with Tool and Rage. When Rage came on people destroyed freestanding structures and made huge bonfires. I feared for my life. What a fucking great show. And then came Tool, they had folks suspending upside down about 40 feet above the stage, naked, looking like they were crucified upside down. It was the first show Maynard played in the shadows, behind the band. Legendary shit.

Honestly, I feel these bands are a bit like the ‘backstreet boyz’ of metal but what the hell ;) - seeing all of them on stage at once would be pretty fun.