Machine Head Announce Second Leg Of “Catharsis” North American Tour

Machine Head have announced another North American leg of their “Catharsis” tour. The trek will include several rescheduled dates that were previously postponed.

Robb Flynn commented:

“We’re really stoked to be hitting the road in the states and our cannabis legalizing brothers up in Canada again. After the first tour in support of Catharsis hitting typical Machine Head strongholds like Chicago, Denver and Oakland, we’ve been really looking forward to doing a 2nd North American run that hits all the nooks and crannies of America, places that a lot of time get left off a traditional tour routing as they are smaller markets, and maybe route way off the the main highways that run through the states.

I’m excited as fuck to get back to places like Missoula, Montana, Minot, North Dakota, Ft Wayne, Nashville, Lubbock Texas, Asheville, North Carolina…we were blown away by theses cities on the last ‘Evening With’ cycle…these places were INSANE, the fans are hungry for aggressive music, they come out and go crazy, get loose, get free, and that’s what were all about!

Central Canada will be a rager! Cant wait to get back there and I’m actually bringing the gloves and lube for the Canadian border this time, free of charge!

And as a sense of pride I’m definitely looking forward to making up the 6 shows we had to cancel back in February.

I tell you what man… that last show in Pittsburgh… it was one of the roughest shows of my life. It’s one of the most helpless feelings in the world, losing your voice onstage. There’s no ‘powering through it’, there no ‘manning up’, and while I hardly consider myself the most manly-man out there, I hold myself to an impossibly high standard when it comes to performing. I want to fucking crush it every night, I want to blow people away every night. And when I can’t, it really is a feeling of complete powerlessness.

That goddamn viral bronchitis lasted 7 weeks! It kicked my ass! But that shit is gone now, and we’re ready to kick ass again, so Head Cases of North America, I ask you…are you ready? ARE YOU READY?! Cause we’re ready to rage!!!”

Tour Dates:

10/04 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
10/06 Missoula, MT – The Wilma
10/08 Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
10/09 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
10/10 Saskatoon, SK – Louis
10/12 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
10/13 Minot, ND – The Original
10/15 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/17 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/18 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
10/19 Kansas City, MO – Truman
10/20 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/22 Cleveland, OH – Agora
10/23 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
10/24 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
10/26 Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
10/27 Columbus, OH – Newport
10/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/30 Hartford, CT – The Webster
10/31 Huntington, NY – Paramount
11/02 Sayreville, NJ – Starland
11/03 Richmond, VA – National
11/04 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
11/07 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
11/09 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
11/10 Nashville, KY – Exit In
11/11 Charlotte, NC – Underground
11/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
11/14 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
11/16 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
11/17 Austin, TX – Emos
11/18 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
11/20 Tucson, AZ – Club X
11/21 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
11/23 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
11/24 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst

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Machine Head’s Phil Demmel & Jared MacEachern Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell With A Cover Of Audioslave’s “I Am The Highway”

Before a show Machine Head played in London, Phil Demmel and Jared MacEachern paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing a cover of Audioslave’s “I Am The Highway” on the first anniversary of his death (May 18). You can see footage of that below:

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Comments On Violence At Shows After A Fan Gets Suplexed During Their Southampton, UK Show

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has issued a statement regarding violence at shows following various fan injuries, including one instance in which a man was suplexed and knocked unconscious during the band’s May 13 concert in Southampton, UK. You can read what he had to say below.

Flynn’s statement:

“Robb here: The man on the floor is Dan Giles, Dan was severely injured at last nights show when during a song near the end of our set. Several witnesses confirmed that Dan (who is a big dude to begin with) was picked up by a larger unknown dude and “suplexed” WWE-style (turned upside down and dropped on his head). He was knocked unconscious for 45 minutes.

We stopped the show after people alerted us that he was not getting up, and we were unable to finish the concert as we waited for an ambulance to arrive, combined with a strict Sunday night curfew.

Dan was laid out on the venue floor for over 90 minutes. He eventually came to, and thankfully was able to walk to the ambulance through a great amount of pain in his chest. He felt bad for stopping the show.

To say that Machine Head does NOT in any way approve of this WWE-type of behavior at our show would be a fucking understatement.

Machine Head shows are rough, we know it. Part of the fun of being at our shows is the rowdy, drunken, nature of it all, circle pits, jumping, releasing negative energy in a positive way. Hell, surviving a Machine Head pit is part of the danger and fun of our concert experience. I myself can’t tell you how many “war wounds” I walked out the pit with when I was young, and I’m proud of every one of ’em. Busted nose, chipped teeth, broken rib at a Slayer show in 1991… they were all lived-to-tell-about-it-moments… some bizarre rite-of-passage young men put themselves through.

But it is an unsaid rule of the circle pit, that if someone falls, you pick them up… you love your brother! I often bellow these words as a reminder to folks before starting a giant circle pit, to “look out for each other”. We’re all here to work out our own struggles and bullshit that we are going through as individuals.

It should go without saying that picking somebody up and slamming them on their head, is COMPLETELY FUCKING LAME! I can’t imagine the dude who did this is a Head Case or even someone who regularly goes to metal shows. More like some asshole there to start shit.

This is the 2nd show in a row now, where we’ve had to stop the concert because of a serious injury.

Complicating things even more, is that for the first time in 24 years of touring, people are now regularly waving-us-down to “stop playing” because someone fell or got hurt. It happened 4 different times last night, and we finally stopped when there was clearly a serious issue.

The tough call is that, in MOST cases the injured person is fine, and gets up. Obviously stopping the show every time someone falls down, will basically ruin the show for thousands of folks. But at the same time we need to find a balance between violent-fun and safety.

This is uncharted territory for us.

You’ll have to bare with us a we figure out the best way to approach this, and involving well-trained concert security familiar with Machine Head-type shows at a higher level will absolutely be important.

The good news is, is that long-time Head Case Dan Giles walked out of the venue last night, and while I’m sure he’s feeling it today, is going to be able to rage at another Machine Head show again.

Thank you Southampton for what was great show up until then, send some good vibes to your local boy Dan Giles.”

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Says High School Shooting Survivor Emma González Is A “Hero”

Over the weekend, the youth took to the streets as part of the March For Our Lives movement in an effort to push for stricter gun laws and school safety in the wake of the Parkland, FL high school shooting, and past school shootings. Now, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has taken to social media to offer his support for the initiative.

Flynn said the following:

“Emma Gonzalez is my HERO!! She is a fucking BAD ASS!! I feel like we are watching history here folks. Never in my 50 years on this planet have I seen the young people rise up like this and stand up to these ancient politicians and their 200 year old laws and their dinosaur age mentality. Fuck man, It’s not 1776 anymore!!!

If cars weren’t invented when a law was made, we may want to reevaluate it!! What’s amazing is that, Emma and her Stoneman Douglas classmates are getting death threats for standing for gun control. Let that sink in… 17 classmates murdered by a 19 year old white, conservative, Christian, male with an AR-15, these kids want stricter gun laws, and now, THEY are getting their lives threatened. This girl and the young people of Parkland are going to change shit.

Do yourselves a favor, watch here entire 6 minute video, and then search the hashtag #veteransforguncontrol and watch the 2 minute video (currently not share-able) made by our courageous troops.”

Emma Gonzalez is my HERO!! She is a fucking BAD ASS!! I feel like we are watching history here folks. Never in my 50 years on this planet have I seen the young people rise up like this and stand up to these ancient politicians and their 200 year old laws and their dinosaur age mentality. Fuck man, It’s not 1776 anymore!!! If cars weren’t invented when a law was made, we may want to reevaluate it!! What’s amazing is that, Emma and her Stoneman Douglas classmates are getting death threats for standing for gun control. Let that sink in… 17 classmates murdered by a 19 year old white, conservative, Christian, male with an AR-15, these kids want stricter gun laws, and now, THEY are getting their lives threatened. This girl and the young people of Parkland are going to change shit. Do yourselves a favor, watch here entire 6 minute video, and then search the hashtag #veteransforguncontrol and watch the 2 minute video (currently not share-able) made by our courageous troops. #Repost @abcnews ・・・ Emma Gonzalez stayed on stage at the D.C. #MarchForOurLives rally for 6 minutes and 20 seconds – the duration of the Parkland shooting. #parkland #guncontrol #rally

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Machine Head Cancel Des Moines, Iowa Show

Machine Head were planning to resume their tour in Des Moines, Iowa tonight (February 20), but they have been forced to cancel due to issues related to Robb Flynn’s “severe lung infection.” The frontman will be visiting a throat specialist today. The group previously cut their Pittsburgh, PA show short and cancelled their Cleveland, OH and Detroit, MI dates as well. They also scrapped their Madison, Wisconsin show on February 21 to break up a five-in-a-row block.

Machine Head To Resume U.S. Tour Tomorrow

As previously reported, Machine Head were forced to cut their Pittsburgh, PA show short and cancel their Cleveland, OH and Detroit, MI dates due to Robb Flynn suffering from a “severe lung infection.” Now, the band have confirmed that they will start back up in Des Moines, Iowa tomorrow night (February 20). However, the group will be cancelling their Madison, Wisconsin show on February 21 to break up a five-in-a-row block.

MACHINE HEAD TO RESUME U.S. TOUR TOMORROW⠀ **Madison, WI show postponed**⠀ ⠀ Following a severe lung infection that shut Robb’s throat down mid-show in Pittsburgh and resulted in the next 2 sold-out shows in Cleveland and Detroit being cancelled, Machine Head will resume their tour tomorrow night in Des Moines, Iowa.⠀ ⠀ The day after Pittsburgh, Robb visited a clinic in Cleveland and the doctor put him on pharmaceutical cough medicine, gave strict orders not to sing or talk and get “vocal rest”. A particularly strong chest infection has savaged the U.S. this winter, and unfortunately the doctor said what Robb has will not be knocked out by antibiotics, he’ll just have to "ride it out”. Based on the numerous patients coming into the doctors clinic, he estimated that the infection could last up to 3 weeks.⠀ ⠀ With the tour resuming tomorrow night in Des Moines, Iowa, and an already rigorous tour schedule in place, the band was heading into the roughest stretch of the U.S. tour, a 5-in-a-row block of dates that even under the healthiest conditions would have been ambitious to sing and perform five – 2 1/2 to 3 hour hour sets in a row. ⠀ ⠀ Machine Head have opted to postpone the Madison, WI shows at the Majestic Theater, (to break up the 5-in-a-row block), and will add it to the 2nd leg of their “Catharsis” US tour happening in the Fall of 2018 along with the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit make up shows.⠀ ⠀ Refunds will be available at point of purchase.⠀ ⠀ When the new dates are announced, all ticket purchasers for the cancelled shows will receive an email and access code to purchase tickets before the general on sale; guaranteeing you a ticket to the show. ⠀ ⠀ US TOUR DATES⠀ ⠀ 20-Feb Des Moines, IA – Woolys⠀ 21-Feb Madison, WI – Majestic *CANCELLED*⠀ 22-Feb Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue⠀ 23-Feb Chicago, IL – Concord MH⠀ 24-Feb Saint Louis, MO – Pops⠀ 27-Feb Denver, CO – Summit MH⠀ ⠀ 01-Mar Las Vegas, NV – HOB⠀ 02-Mar Los Angeles, CA – Fonda⠀ 03-Mar Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater⠀ 05-Mar Portland, OR – Roseland⠀ 06-Mar Vancouver, BC – Commodore⠀ 07-Mar Seattle, WA – Showbox Market⠀

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