Clash of the Titans (tour)

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Clash of the Titans
Tour by Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, Alice in Chains
Clash-europe.jpg
A promotional poster for a European show
Associated album Rust in Peace
Seasons in the Abyss
Souls of Black
Lights...Camera...Revolution!
Persistence of Time
Facelift
Start dateSeptember 22, 1990
End dateJuly 14, 1991
Legs2
No. of shows18 in Europe
49 in North America
1 cancellation
67 in total
Megadeth tour chronology
So Far...So Good...So What! Tour
(1988)
Clash of the Titans
(1990–91)
Rust in Peace Tour
(1990–91)
Slayer tour chronology
World Sacrifice Tour
(1988–89)
Clash of the Titans
(1990–91)
Touring in the Abyss
(1990–92)
Testament tour chronology
Practice What You Preach Tour
(1989–90)
Clash of the Titans
(1990)
Souls of Black Tour
(1990–91)
Suicidal Tendencies tour chronology
Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu Tour
(1989)
Clash of the Titans
(1990)
Lights...Camera...Revolution! Tour
(1990–91)
Anthrax tour chronology
State of Euphoria Tour
(1988–89)
Clash of the Titans
(1991)
Persistence of Time Tour
(1990–91)
Alice in Chains tour chronology
Facelift Tour
(1990–91)
Clash of the Titans
(1991)
SAP Tour
(1992)

Clash of the Titans was a concert tour co-headlined by American thrash metal bands Megadeth and Slayer, which took place in September and October 1990 and again from May to July 1991. Launched in support of their respective albums Rust in Peace and Seasons in the Abyss , the tour had two legs, first in Europe (supported by Testament and Suicidal Tendencies) and second in the United States (tri-headlined by Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax and supported by Alice in Chains). Clash of the Titans is considered one of the most successful tours in heavy metal history, and bridged the gap between the popularity of thrash metal and rise of the alternative rock and grunge scene. [1] [2]

Concert tour series of concerts by a single artist in different venues

A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities, countries or locations. Often concert tours are named to differentiate different tours by the same artist and to associate a specific tour with a particular album or product. Especially in the popular music world, such tours can become large-scale enterprises that last for several months or even years, are seen by hundreds of thousands or millions of people, and bring in millions of dollars in ticket revenues. A performer who embarks on a concert tour is called a touring artist.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Megadeth American heavy metal band

Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. Along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, Megadeth is one of the "Big Four" of American thrash metal, responsible for its development and popularization. Their music features complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, and religion.

Contents

History

The tour began in the fall of 1990 with a three-week European leg featuring Megadeth, Slayer, Testament and Suicidal Tendencies, promoting their then-current albums Rust in Peace , Seasons in the Abyss , Souls of Black and Lights...Camera...Revolution! respectively.

Slayer American thrash metal band

Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by vocalist and bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.

Testament (band) American metal band

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio. Since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, leaving Peterson as the only constant member. Billy replaced original singer Steve "Zetro" Souza in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. Peterson and Billy are the only members to appear on all of Testament's studio albums.

Suicidal Tendencies American crossover thrash band

Suicidal Tendencies is an American crossover thrash band formed in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. Along with D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity, and Stormtroopers of Death, they are often credited as one of "the fathers of crossover thrash". Their current lineup includes Muir, guitarists Dean Pleasants and Ben Weinman, bassist Ra Díaz and drummer Dave Lombardo. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include guitarists Rocky George and Mike Clark, bassists Louiche Mayorga, Robert Trujillo, Josh Paul and Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner, and drummers Amery Smith, Jimmy DeGrasso, Brooks Wackerman, David Hidalgo Jr., Thomas Pridgen and session musician Josh Freese.

A second leg in 1991 in the United States and Canada had a slightly different lineup: Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax headlined, and Alice in Chains supported; while Megadeth and Slayer were still promoting their respective albums Rust in Peace and Seasons in the Abyss, Anthrax was supporting their fifth studio album Persistence of Time and Alice in Chains was touring behind their debut album Facelift . Testament was the opening act for the May 26, 1991 show at the Cow Palace in Daly City, effectively reuniting three-fourths of the European lineup. [3]

Anthrax (American band) American heavy metal band

Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group is considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene from the 1980s and is one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer; Anthrax is the only one of the four from the East Coast, and often credited as one of the early thrash metal bands to emerge from there, along with Overkill and Nuclear Assault. As of April 2017, the band has released 11 studio albums, several other albums, and 26 singles, including collaborating on a single with American hip hop group Public Enemy. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Anthrax sold 2.5 million records in the United States from 1991 to 2004, with worldwide sales of 10 million.

Alice in Chains American rock band from Seattle

Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley. Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. The band took its name from Staley's previous group, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains.

<i>Persistence of Time</i> 1990 studio album by Anthrax

Persistence of Time is the fifth studio album by the American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released on August 21, 1990 through Megaforce Worldwide/Island Records and was nominated in 1991 for a Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category.

Alice in Chains was not originally on the bill for the U.S. tour. According to the documentary Get Thrashed , Death Angel was to be the supporting act – however, after a near-fatal tour bus crash, they were forced to bow out. [1] Sepultura was also mooted for the tour, but, according to then-frontman Max Cavalera, "got kicked out", and instead embarked on the New Titans on the Block tour with Sacred Reich, Napalm Death and Sick of It All. [4] [5] Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian stated in an interview with Guitar World that they wanted Pantera as the opening act of the Clash of the Titans tour. [1] Other bands, such as Exodus, Vio-lence, Kreator and Obituary, also reportedly declined to take part in the tour as the opening act.

<i>Get Thrashed</i> 2006 film

Get Thrashed is a 2006 American documentary directed by Rick Ernst and starring Lars Ulrich, Sully Erna, Frank Bello, Death Angel, Dave Mustaine and many others.

Death Angel American band

Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released eight studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums. The band has gone through several line-up changes, leaving guitarist Rob Cavestany as the only constant member; he and vocalist Mark Osegueda are the only members of Death Angel to appear on all of their studio albums.

Sepultura Brazilian metal band

Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a major force in the groove metal, thrash metal, and death metal genres during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their later experiments drawing influence from alternative metal, world music, nu metal, hardcore punk, and industrial metal. Sepultura has also been credited as one of the leaders of the second wave of thrash metal in the late 1980s and early-to-mid-1990s.

"We didn't start making any money until 1991, on the Clash of the Titans tour in the States – not even a dime," recalled Ian. "I got home from that tour to receive a cheque for a sizeable amount and called my accountant, saying, 'There must be a mistake.' We were of Iron Maiden's style of mindset, where we had to have these huge stage sets, and everything went straight back into the band." [6]

Iron Maiden English heavy metal band

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-eight albums, including sixteen studio albums, twelve live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Interesting to note is that Metallica was the only "big four" of thrash metal act that did not take part in the Clash of the Titans tour. Slayer guitarist Kerry King told Guitar World that, "There might have even been talk of a 'Big Four' tour back then, but we probably couldn't get Metallica onboard. But we had three pieces of it, and that was all the management and promoters needed." [1] Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson have indicated that one of the reasons Metallica was not part of the Clash of the Titans tour was due to their ascension to popularity, specifically with their self-titled "black album", which was not released until five weeks after the tour's conclusion. King added, "I knew Metallica wouldn't be a part of it 'cause they didn't need us." [7] [8]

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

Kerry King American musician

Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist and songwriter for the American thrash metal band Slayer. He co-founded the band with Jeff Hanneman in 1981 and has been a member ever since.

Charlie Benante American musician

Charles Lee Benante is an American musician best known as the drummer for thrash metal band Anthrax, as well as crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death. Alongside rhythm guitarist and band leader Scott Ian he has composed the majority of the music throughout Anthrax's discography.

Spin-offs

On November 16, 2009, it was announced that the European Clash of the Titans lineup would be reunited after nineteen years on the American Carnage Tour, featuring Megadeth, Slayer and Testament. On July 13, 2010, a second leg of the American Carnage Tour was announced that would feature the American Clash of the Titans lineup: Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Neither Suicidal Tendencies nor Alice in Chains featured in either lineup.

Possible reboot

On December 9, 2017, Ultimate-Guitar.com reported that a rebooted Clash of the Titans tour featuring Megadeth, Slayer, Testament and Sepultura was in the works, and scheduled to take place in 2018 or 2019 in support of new albums from these four bands. [9] [10] More speculation about a tour similar to Clash of the Titans was renewed in January 2018, when Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine mentioned a potential tour featuring Exodus and three of the "big four" (Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax); [11] a month later, Mustaine tweeted another potential tour similar to Clash of the Titans, titled "The New Big 4", featuring Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus and Testament. [12]

When Slayer announced their farewell tour in January 2018, it was suggested that the recently-rumored Clash of the Titans tour (also featuring Megadeth, Sepultura and Testament) would take place as part of the aforementioned tour. [13] [14] [15] [16] Although Mustaine cryptically denied that this tour was in the works, [17] he stated in a June 2018 interview with Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon that, "I hope that Megadeth and Slayer get to go one more round somewhere. I think it would be great, especially if it was a 'Big Four' show, but that's entirely up to them. And if it doesn't happen, we've had our share of Slayer and Megadeth shows, and I'll always appreciate those times together." [18] Testament frontman Chuck Billy also commented on the tour rumors, referring to Slayer's farewell tour, "I doubt it, this is Slayer's last tour so this is it. There will be no more Slayer tours, ha ha." [19]

When asked in August 2018 by CBS San Francisco about the possibility of a new Clash of the Titans tour with Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello stated, "I wouldn't say it's under wraps because I don't know about it. But I would absolutely love for the Big 4 thing to happen again. That would be the right thing to do for everybody. I would love that. I mean, as far as Slayer goes, I'm sure they're going to do more shows next year, but I don't know if we'll be on them, because we do have our album to write. It's all about scheduling and agents and all that. But we'd be open to any of that, specifically the Big 4. I think all four bands that were involved with the Big 4 would love to do it again. But that's totally up to Metallica." [20]

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenue
Europe
September 22, 1990 Genk BelgiumLimburghal
September 23, 1990 Bern SwitzerlandFesthalle
September 24, 1990 Florence ItalyFirenze Palasport
September 25, 1990 Milan Palatrussardi
September 27, 1990 Barcelona Spain Velòdrom d'Horta
September 28, 1990 San Sebastián Velodromo de Anoeta
September 30, 1990 Leiden Netherlands Groenoordhallen
October 2, 1990ParisFrance Le Zénith
October 3, 1990 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
October 4, 1990 Mainz Rheingoldhalle
October 5, 1990 Munich Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle
October 6, 1990 Düsseldorf Philips Halle
October 7, 1990 Bremen Stadthalle Bremen
October 9, 1990 Stockholm Sweden Solnahallen
October 10, 1990 Copenhagen Denmark K.B. Hallen
October 12, 1990 Edinburgh United KingdomExhibition and Trade Centre
October 13, 1990 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
October 14, 1990London Wembley Arena
North America [21]
May 16, 1991 Dallas United States Starplex Amphitheatre
May 17, 1991 Lubbock, Texas Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
May 18, 1991 San Antonio Sunken Gardens Amphitheater
May 19, 1991 Houston, Texas The Summit
May 21, 1991 El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum
May 22, 1991 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
May 23, 1991 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 24, 1991 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
May 25, 1991 Costa Mesa, California Pacific Amphitheatre
May 26, 1991 Daly City, California Cow Palace
May 27, 1991 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
May 29, 1991 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
May 30, 1991 Seattle Mercer Arena
May 31, 1991 Spokane, Washington Spokane Coliseum
June 1, 1991 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
June 3, 1991 Salt Lake City United StatesBonneville Raceway
June 5, 1991 Morrison, Colorado Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 6, 1991 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
June 7, 1991 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheater
June 8, 1991 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center
June 9, 1991 Forest Lake, Minnesota Trout Aire Amphitheatre
June 11, 1991 Springfield, Illinois Prairie Capital Convention Center
June 12, 1991 Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Gardens
June 14, 1991 Tinley Park, Illinois First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
June 15, 1991 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre
June 16, 1991 Columbus, Ohio Battelle Hall
June 18, 1991 Noblesville, Indiana Deer Creek Music Center
June 20, 1991 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
June 21, 1991 Toronto Canada Exhibition Stadium
June 22, 1991 Clarkston, Michigan United States Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 23, 1991 Mears, Michigan Val du Lakes Amphitheatre
June 25, 1991 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Star Lake Amphitheatre
June 26, 1991 Corfu, New York Darien Lake
June 27, 1991 Middletown, New York Orange County Fair Speedway
June 28, 1991New York City Madison Square Garden
June 29, 1991 Philadelphia Wachovia Spectrum [22]
June 30, 1991 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
July 1, 1991 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
July 3, 1991 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium
July 4, 1991 Weedsport, New York Cayuga County Speedway
July 5, 1991 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center [23]
July 6, 1991 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods
July 7, 1991 Bristol, Connecticut Lake Compounce
July 9, 1991 Fayetteville, North Carolina Cumberland County Crown Coliseum
July 10, 1991 Greenville, South Carolina Greenville Memorial Auditorium
July 11, 1991 Charleston, South Carolina King Street Palace
July 12, 1991 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
July 13, 1991 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center
July 14, 1991 Miami Miami Arena

Cancellations

DateCityCountryVenue
June 17, 1991 Cincinnati United States Riverbend Music Center

Personnel

References and notes

Footnotes

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Clash of the Titans Tour: Iron Giants". Guitar World . April 13, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  2. "Spreading The Disease: An Oral History Of Thrash Metal". medium.com. March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  3. "Testament Concert Setlist at Cow Palace, Daly City on May 26, 1991". setlist.fm. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  4. "From 'Schizophrenia' to 'Psychosis:' The Evolution of Max Cavalera". joelgausten.com. November 12, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  5. "Max Cavalera: Why Sepultura Were Booted Out from the 1991 'Clash of the Titans Tour'". Ultimate-Guitar.com. April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  6. Ling, Dave (March 2017). "Live! Anthrax". Classic Rock #233. p. 104.
  7. "Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax: The Oral History of the Big 4". Revolver . December 1, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  8. "Megadeth's David Ellefson: How I Became One of the 1st Metal Bassists to Use 5-String Bass". Ultimate-Guitar.com . January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  9. "Rumor: Slayer, Megadeth, Sepultura and Testament to Embark on New Version of the 'Clash of the Titans' Tour". Ultimate-Guitar.com. December 9, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  10. "Is the Revamped 'Clash of the Titans' Tour (Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura and Testament) Actually Happening? Facebook Page Weighs In". Ultimate-Guitar.com. December 28, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  11. "MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Would Love To Play 'Big Four' Show Where All Bands 'Got Treated Fairly'". Blabbermouth.net. January 30, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  12. "MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Reveals New 'Big Four'; METALLICA And SLAYER Are Out". metaladdicts.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  13. "Slayer geben Auflösung bekannt, finale Tournee angekündigt". metal.de. January 31, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  14. "Report: The New 'Clash of the Titans Tour' (Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura, Testament) Could Be the Last of Slayer". Ultimate-Guitar.com. March 12, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  15. "Slayer have announced their farewell UK arena tour". tickx.co.uk. May 13, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  16. "The New 'Clash of the Titans' Tour (Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura, Testament) Might Be a Reality After All". Ultimate-Guitar.com. May 16, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  17. "Dave Mustaine: There's No Truth to Rumors That Megadeth Will Embark on a New Version of the 'Clash Of The Titans' Tour with Slayer, Sepultura and Testament". Ultimate-Guitar.com. May 21, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  18. "DAVE MUSTAINE: I Never Said That LARS ULRICH Was Standing In The Way Of More 'Big Four' Shows". Blabbermouth.net. June 27, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  19. "Testament Interview – MHF". Metalheads Forever Magazine. July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  20. "CBS SF Talks To Anthrax Bassist Frank Bello". CBS San Francisco. August 22, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  21. "Alice in Chains Concert Chronology 1991 ((c) 2005, Dionysian Home Page)".
  22. Review of show at Philadelphia Note that review, in 7/3 newspaper, mentions show taking place "last Saturday night", which should be the 29th of June – a date already on this list. More research needed for this venue and the Buffalo one
  23. http://www.theciviccenter.com/1991.asp

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