So, finally the day arrived that the Big 4 hit the UK on the same stage for the first time, the hype surrounding the show has been huge since it was announced. Big 4 t-shirts were everywhere to be seen and every other man and his dog had dug out their old, moth eaten, thread bare Anthrax/Megadeth/Slayer/Metallica [delete as appropriate] t-shirts for the occasion… And what an occasion!
The first of the Big 4 to take to the Apollo Stage at Sonisphere was Anthrax. Despite Scott Ian not being in the ranks, as he and his wife Pearl Aday have just had a baby, Anthrax were on great form. Drafting in Sepultura Axeman Andreas Kisser was a master-stroke. If anyone could fill Scott Ian‘s mighty shoes, it’s Kisser! Kisser was clearly enjoying his moment with Anthrax and why the hell shouldn’t he, as he later explained that they were like heroes to him and to get to play with them was an honour and a dream come true!
Joey Belladonna may still have his critics but he can sure as hell put on a show. He must have taken his cod liver oil tablets that morning as he was running from one side of the stage to the other like a 5 year old pepped up on Smarties and full fat Coke!
Returning to the Apollo Stage after a triumphant set last year, Anthrax decided to play what was very much a greatest hits set with ‘Caught In A Mosh’ kicking things off before ‘Madhouse’, ‘Indians’, ‘Antisocial’ took their turns. A surprise to many was to hear ‘Only’, it sounds strange to say, it sounded weird hearing Belladonna singing on an Anthrax track, but it was… John Bush and Belladonna have very different styles! However, it worked, just, but it worked! There was also the treat of a brand new track, ‘Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t’, from the forthcoming album.
A nice little touch was a quick cameo of Sepultura’s ‘Refuse/Resist’ that preceded the final track of the set ‘I Am The Law’. Needless to say it went down well with the crowd, who lapped up every second of it before singing along word for word with ‘I Am The Law’.
Caught in a Mosh
Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t
I Am The Law
Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal