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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Big 4-Empire Polo Club,Indio CA-4/23/11

 This is a big fuckin' deal. All 4 Legendary bands for the first time in America. Sadly the only date and it was 2 hours away but I had to go. It had to be here. Metallica,Slayer,Megadeth got their start here which made California home of Thrash. It was at some big ass field were they host Cochella for indie art fruits. I only paid $15 for my ticket while the rest paid $100(sucka!). My ticket hadn't came in the mail so my buddy went to the post office in the morning to get. Woke my ass up and I got ready right away. We were supposed to jam at 10 am but didn't leave 'til 12. It was a 2 hour drive and me and my boys were making fun of billboard signs,checking out hot chicks,and cranking Death Metal. As soon as we got of the ramp the whole fuckin city was traffic. After an hour our ladies in car #2 told us about a shortcut. Thank Satan we did it or else I would've missed Anthrax. We finally found parking. Me and main homie left to go right away. While the other followed Thrash tradition and got wasted like they do at every show and up missing half the show. We tried to make our way to the front.

  After watching people leave their cars to pee on the sidewalk(like my friends) and getting insulted by stupid Tough guy bros it was time for Anthrax. This was the band I really wanted to see for many reasons. They had just reunited with their best singer Joey Belladonna last year. They were my first and one of my favorite Thrash/Metal bands since forever. And ive been wanting to see them live since I was still oh so punk rock. We tried hard for the first 3 songs to go upfront. Bad fuckin idea! It was so crowded and people were pushing for their lives. When we did get near to the rail we couldn't fuckin see them! It was better when I was 2 songs ago and they looked like ants. Unfortunately you had to get the VIP tickets to see em upfront. Fuckin Bullshit. Anthrax honestly did an OK set but since it was my first time I loved it. They played great songs but they haven't changed their set lists since they reunited. That's lame. Im hoping to see them headline a show soon so I can get a 100% Anthrax. If your an Anthrax virgin listen to Spreading The Disease now. Seeing Anthrax for the first time was badass.  But to quote guitarist Scot Ian..."NOT!". I will enjoy them eventually.
Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time
Among the Living
Fight 'Em Till You Can't
I Am the Law
 Megadeth was next. And after walking out of the mess I was just in ee and my buddy ran to drink a $6 frozen lemonade. And then I saw some dude wearing a Santo lucha mask so I hugged him. We sat in some hill and found a few friends. We saw Megadeth from a long ass way and they started with the song Trust. Already I was like "Wha da fock!". The set seemed to get better n better but I wasn't feeling as I was when I saw em last Fall when they played the whole Rust In Peace(get it you megavigin!) album.Of coarse I sang and head banged to Head Crusher and Peace Sells,but they were the weakest band this day. Big points to Dave for finally making Peace Sells/Holy Wars separate songs and not playing it twice. Just a bad day for em.
In My Darkest Hour
Hangar 18
Wake Up Dead
Poison Was The Cure
She Wolf
Sweating Bullets
A Toute Le Monde
Symphony Of Destruction
Peace Sells
Holy Wars
 My favorite from the 4 was next. Fuckin' Slayer. They started and me and buddy were at the same. We said "fuck that" and tried to get some what near. After moving and moving I found a perfect spot. They started with World Painted Blood and I was pumped. I kept yelling and screaming a long to songs ive never heard live. New and old. From Anti-Christ to Payback. Slayer is just a band that you have to see live every fucking time they come. Guitarist Jeff Hannemen had to call sick for a couple of months since he got some nasty disease from a spider bite. Who better to replace him then Gary Holt from Exodus! Jeff ended up doing some work and at the end Slayer just kicked everyone's ass. You've haven't seen em live you have to if you have at least one ball. If your a virgin to them,then kill yourself but listen to Reign in Blood first. FUCKIN' SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRR!
World Painted Blood
Hate World Wide
War Ensemble
Raining Blood
Black Magic
Dead Skin Mask
Silent Scream
Seasons in the Abyss
South of Heaven
Angel of Death
  We took a break,I sat my ass down 'cause my boots were killing me. Slayer had ended right at sundown so the night belonged to Metallica. Everyone got upfront for this. Lights turned off and they showed the scene from Ecstasy of Gold. Right away a little tear came out and my jaw dropped. Holy fuck I was in for a treat. Everyone had their horns up. They started with Creeping Death. Great song by I would've picked another song to open with. Then I head banged my ass off windmill style when they started From whom The Bells Toll. Yelling and dancing along. I seriously had a spiritual awakening. They played Fuel and It kinda went away for a second. Then it came back with Ride The Lightning and Fade To Black. Never have ive been to amazed at a show. I felt 9 years old again hearing Enter Sandman for the first time. Then two new songs which were ok but id rather hear more old stuff. then they did something to shock the whole fuckin place. They played their instrumental song Orion. Right away my friend started screaming and the whole place banged their head in motion. First time EVER they played it here in the US of A. Not one metal head there was standing still. Even my passed out friends woke up for this. This was the highlight of their set. It was a dedication to thier late bass player. They played One and I sang my heart off. Same with Master Of Puppets,Blackened,took a gay gay moment for Nothing Else Matters,then I went nuts again for Enter Sandman. Lights went off. They came back and invited all the bands on stage like they did in Europe. This time instead of only having Dave of Slayer, Kerry King decided to join the fun. Sadly no Tom Araya but still a step further. They played Am I Evil then left the happy moment. Metallica eneded with Hit The Lights and Seek and Destroy. Now I know why Metallica fuckin owns heavy metal.I left happy,tired,dead,and went to McDonads. A show I will never fuckin forget.
Creeping Death
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Ride The Lightning
Fade to Black
All Nightmare Long
Sad But True
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Master of Puppets
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
Am I Evil? w/ Big 4
Hit The Lights
Seek & Destroy 

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