Clash of the Titans (tour)

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Clash of the Titans
Tour by Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Alice in Chains, Suicidal Tendencies
A promotional poster for a European show
Start date September 22, 1990
End date July 14, 1991
Legs 2
No. of shows 18 in Europe
49 in North America
1 cancellation
67 in total
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Souls of Black Tour
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Lights...Camera...Revolution! Tour
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Alice in Chains tour chronology
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Clash of the Titans was the name of a worldwide tour from 1990 through 1991 by several popular American thrash metal bands of the 1980s, with alternating headliners from show to show.


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

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. Metallica was the only one of the "big four" of thrash metal to not participate.

Alice in Chains was not originally on the bill for the U.S. tour. According to the documentary Get Thrashed, Bay Area thrash metal band Death Angel was to be the supporting act – but, after a near-fatal tour bus crash, they were forced to bow out. 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.[1]

"We didn't start making any money until 1991, on the Clash of the Titans tour in the States – not even a dime," recalled Anthrax guitarist Scott 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."[2]

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.

On December 9, 2017, 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 when these bands support their respective upcoming albums.[3][4] 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);[5] 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.[6]

When Slayer announced their farewell tour in January 2018, the German website suggested that the recently-rumored Clash of the Titans tour (also featuring Megadeth, Sepultura and Testament) will take place as part of the aforementioned tour.[7]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
September 22, 1990 Genk Belgium Limburghal
September 23, 1990 Bern Switzerland Festhalle
September 24, 1990 Florence Italy Firenze 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, 1990 Paris France 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 Scotland Exhibition and Trade Centre
October 13, 1990 Birmingham England National Exhibition Centre
October 14, 1990 London Wembley Arena
North America[8]
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 States Bonneville 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, 1991 New York City Madison Square Garden
June 29, 1991 Philadelphia Wachovia Spectrum[9]
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[10]
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


Date City Country Venue
June 17, 1991 Cincinnati United States Riverbend Music Center

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References and notes[edit]


  1. ^ "From 'Schizophrenia' to 'Psychosis:' The Evolution of Max Cavalera". November 12, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ Ling, Dave (March 2017). "Live! Anthrax". Classic Rock #233. p. 104. 
  3. ^ "Rumor: Slayer, Megadeth, Sepultura and Testament to Embark on New Version of the 'Clash of the Titans' Tour". December 9, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Is the Revamped 'Clash of the Titans' Tour (Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura and Testament) Actually Happening? Facebook Page Weighs In". December 28, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ "MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Would Love To Play 'Big Four' Show Where All Bands 'Got Treated Fairly'". January 30, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018. 
  6. ^ "MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Reveals New 'Big Four'; METALLICA And SLAYER Are Out". February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Slayer geben Auflösung bekannt, finale Tournee angekündigt". January 31, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Alice in Chains Concert Chronology 1991 ((c) 2005, Dionysian Home Page)". 
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^