On Saturday, the place we know only as an annual fake hippie oasis or west coast retirement demo's #1 destination year-round became metal country when The Big 4 descended on Indio. As we previously reported, on the heels of Coachella, the four biggest bands in heavy metal came together for a major blowout concert to rock the desert.
Just like they did for a slew of European tour dates, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeath and Anthrax took the stage for a historical thrash fest on the Empire Polo Fields. Needless to say The Big 4 and their audiences more than made up for the edge that Kings of Leon lacked a week earlier. The headband-wearing youngens crying for Arcade Fire and Kanye were replaced with black leather, bearded truckers stuck in the 80s and the kind of crowd you typically see walking in and out of the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Not a hipster in sight. Maybe we can make this a regular followup to Coachella? Nothing like a little thrash-metal to clear the indie out of the desert air for the locals, right?