Shearer’s Spotlight: Spitballing Some Ideas For Other Potential Big 4 Festivals

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Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

Next Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Big 4 Festival will descend upon Yankee Stadium in New York City. The participants will include the “big four” bands (i.e., pillars, staples, torch bearers, etc.) of thrash metal music: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Here are some other acts that could pull off a Big 4 Festival of their own:

1) Big 4 of Millennial Pop: Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys
This past summer, the Backstreet Boys created some buzz when they toured with their boy-band predecessors, New Kids On The Block, as NKOTBSB; but could you imagine the pandemonium they could create by teaming up with late ‘90s peer/rival, *NSYNC? The reunions alone would sell tickets on this tour: Justin and *NSYNC, Justin and Britney, Britney and Christina, and three old Mouseketeers back together again.

2) Big 4 of Early ‘00s Garage Rock Revival: Kings Of Leon, The White Stripes, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Most of these acts toured with one other during their rise to fame in the early ‘00s, but what fan of indie music wouldn’t be interested in seeing The White Stripes reunite, as well as observing these former club dwellers showing off their years of polish in a stadium show? If the Followill brothers could pull it together, and Julian Casablancas could coexist with the other Strokes, this could be a fun festival, eh?

3) Big 4 of 21st Century Hip-Hop: Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne
Half of this line-up performed together last year (Jay-Z and Eminem) and half of this line-up will perform together this year (Jay-Z and Kanye West), but could you imagine all four acts together on the same bill?! The pissing contest alone would be legendary. Who would close out the show? Would Jay and Weezy’s subtle disses to each other turn into full-blown battle tracks? In their guest spots, would 50 Cent and Drake argue that they deserve to be on the bill? I’d love to find out!

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