Clash of the Titans (tour)
|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|
|No. of shows||18 in Europe
49 in North America
67 in total
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 (with Anthrax as one of the headliners and Alice in Chains as the opening act). 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.
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 – however, after a near-fatal tour bus crash, they were forced to bow out. Sepultura were 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. 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.
"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."
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, 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 when these bands support their respective upcoming albums. 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); 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.
When Slayer announced their farewell tour in January 2018, the German website metal.de 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.
|June 17, 1991||Cincinnati||United States||Riverbend Music Center|
References and notes
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- "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.
- Ling, Dave (March 2017). "Live! Anthrax". Classic Rock #233. p. 104.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Reveals New 'Big Four'; METALLICA And SLAYER Are Out". metaladdicts.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
- "Slayer geben Auflösung bekannt, finale Tournee angekündigt". metal.de. January 31, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "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.
- "Slayer have announced their farewell UK arena tour". tickx.co.uk. May 13, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
- "Alice in Chains Concert Chronology 1991 ((c) 2005, Dionysian Home Page)".
- 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