Much like America having its Big Four of thrash, so does Germany. The Teutonic Big Four includes Sodom, Destruction, Kreator, and Tankard, though it doesn't sound like we'll ever get a tour featuring all four.
In an interview with Blabbermouth, Sodom frontman Thomas "Angelripper" Such said he feels Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza isn't interested in doing a tour. Angelripper added that he, Destruction frontman Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, and Tankard frontman Andreas "Gerre" Geremia all hung out at the Mexico Metal Fest in September without an appearance from Petrozza, who he said "doesn't want to spend any time with us."
"I love Destruction. Schmier is a good friend of mine. They have a different style of music. Destruction is more thrash metal than Sodom; we have more black metal or heavy metal influences. I'm so proud of them. They did it. They created their own style. They have the perfect singer in the band. We always talk about the 'Big Four' and touring together, but it's hard to do. I think Mille is not interested in doing it.
"We played the Mexico Metal Fest last month, the 'Big Four', with Hellhammer [performed by Tom G. Warrior's Triumph Of Death] and Grave Digger and I talked to Schmier, we had a beer with Gerre, but I didn't see Mille. He came on stage and went back to the hotel. He doesn't want to spend any time with us. I don't know why. Maybe he's living on a different planet. I don't think this tour will ever happen."
Angelripper then added that maybe there should be a Big Three tour featuring Sodom, Destruction, and Tankard instead, or possibly even a one-off show.
"We're friends, but I'm good friends with Schmier. But Mille…it's different. He's not more in the scene. I never see him when we go into any metal bar here in Essen. It's completely different. We'll need to talk about the 'Big Three' touring. It doesn't have to be a tour. All the bands have a packed schedule touring, but we can do a big show. This package is good for three, four or five thousand people."