Big 4 DVD Goes U.S. Double Platinum

By Jeff Owens

January 10, 2011

More than 200,000 sold. And that's just in the United States.

The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria, the DVD release documenting a metallically historic summer 2010 European show featuring Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax—the “big four” of U.S. thrash metal—has now gone double platinum in the United States.

Released in fall 2010, The Big 4 Live presents footage from the June 22, 2010, Sonisphere festival show in the Bulgarian capital that featured all four bands on the same stage for only the second time ever (the first Big Four show took place one week earlier in Poland). On that date, the concert was transmitted live to hundreds of theaters in North America, Europe and Latin America, with delayed showings in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The DVD set presents more than five hours of material, encompassing each band’s entire set that evening at Vasil Levski National Stadium. It includes a finale late in Metallica’s set that saw members from all four bands onstage together for a rendition of 1980 Diamond Head metal classic “Am I Evil?”

“Double platinum” status denotes sales in excess of 200,000 copies as certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.