The BIG FOUR (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) hit Tampa! Sort of

Here's a bit of the press release:

The “Big Four”, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are bringing their historic European tour to the global stage by beaming the event via satellite to movie theaters around the world in a special HD cinematic event. These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980’s to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants have never shared the same stage until now. The legendary June 22nd concert from the tour’s stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria will air the same day in over 450 theaters in more than 140 markets in the U.S., as well as beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Delayed screenings are planned in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Tickets for “The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax” go on sale starting today Friday, May 21st in the U.S. and internationally starting Friday, May 28th at participating theater box offices and at, where fans can also view the event cinema trailer.

Here's the list of theaters in the Tampa Bay area where you can see The Big Four.

Sarasota 12, 82010 S Tamiami Trl. Sarasota, FL

Woodland Square 20 with IMAX, 3128 Tampa Rd. Oldsmar, FL

Hollywood Stadium 20 - Sarasota, 1993 Main St. Sarasota, FL

Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall. Tampa, FL

Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 US Highway 19 N. Pinellas Park, FL

Lakeside 18 Cinemas, 1650 Town Center Dr. Lakeland, FL

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Rumors of a possible tour featuring four of the biggest names heavy metal has ever known had headbangers buzzing all last year despite consistent denials of the many musicians involved. This massive metal event came together, nonetheless — Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer would share the stage for the first time ever on several June 2010 dates in Europe's multi-city Sonisphere Festival.

Now it's cool that this is happening, don't get me wrong. It would have been infinitely more awesome had this happened in 1991, when three of them shared a bill (all but Metallica) and each band was in the prime of their careers. Plus, I'm not 15 anymore. As for these four bands in 2010, the only thing I'm pumped about is Joey Belladonna's return to Anthrax. Plus, these shows are happening in Eastern Europe. I'm not pricing a ticket to Bulgaria. No thanks.

However — you know when you go to the movies and you sit through those commercials for live Opera screenings? There's now a practical purpose for that technology. (A list of local theaters showing the concert after the jump)

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