In a recent Interview, MEGADETH Bassist David Ellefson was asked about the Big 4 shows. He said:
“METALLICA are the ones who run the show, so, obviously, we’re very thankful they even considered it the first time,” Ellefson said. “Obviously, they’re a very big band, and we’re proud of ’em in our genre, because they sit up there in the echelons of U2 and THE ROLLING STONES — I mean, the biggest of the big — and it’s so cool that a thrash metal band would be sitting up in that ivory tower, if you will.
“METALLICA, they’ve taken a lot of bullets for the transitions and things that they’ve done over the years, but, I mean, hey, man, they’re still METALLICA and they’ve been the leader of our genre,” Ellefson added. “Obviously, I’m glad Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH leader] was in the band; we wouldn’t have MEGADETH if Dave wasn’t in METALLICA. So, on some level, we’re all a branch in the family tree of METALLICA.”
Mustaine recently said that he would be interested in playing a “Big Four” show where all the bands “got treated fairly” instead of METALLICA performing a longer set and getting more stage space than the other groups on the bill. “I would love to see it done in a way where we all played together, same amount of time, same kind of stage situation, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. And it’s cool, because SLAYER’s gonna down in history, and they don’t need the ‘Big Four’ to make them any more legendary than they already are. Nor do I.”