Three of the famed “Big Four” ’80s thrash metal acts entertained fans young and old at New York’s Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 8. Metal legends Slayer and Megadeth along with special guest Anthrax celebrated the halfway point of their Jägermeister Music Tour. The rock gods smiled on the crowd that night as each band played an assortment of their greatest hits. PHOTOS: JOSH BROCHHAUSEN/ELIZABETH HURST/ANDREW STUART
Anthrax, which reunited with lead singer Joey Belladonna earlier this year, is recording a new album. It previewed some of its songs for the audience. Pictured just before taking the stage are (from left) Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, lead guitarist Rob Caggiano, Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello.
Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine published his autobiography “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” this summer to glowing reviews. Top row, from left: Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, lead guitarist Chris Broderick, Pinnacle Entertainment booking agent Scott Sokol and EMI Music Publishing director of music service licensing Rod Kotler. Bottom row, from left: VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” co-host/comedian Jim Florentine, Mustaine and Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover.
The evening’s finale was provided by thrash titans Slayer, whose members stopped to chat with Billboard right before taking the stage for their epic set. From left: Sokol, Rick Sales of Slayer’s management, Slayer guitarist Kerry King, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, drummer Dave Lombardo, and Kristen Mulderig of Slayer’s management.
Araya plays into the tension and release that Slayer's music does so well.
Hanneman gets into one of his many stellar guitar solos of the night.
King, who is known as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, upholds his reputation while rocking Nassau Coliseum.
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