Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Shares New Folk Song “Bastards”

Robb Flynn (Machine Head) has posted footage of him performing a new folk song titled “Bastards.” The track was written in wake of Donald Trump’s disappointing win, and the racism that has been popping up as a result of it.

“Bastards” Lyrics:

“Yesterday I told my sons “sometimes the bad guys win”
And that it made me scared about the world that we live in
But I had to reassure them that it wouldn’t be for long
Sons we have to be ourselves
We have to be strong

I said “sons you are the future, so let this be a lesson”
There may come a day you have to fight off their aggression
Cause fear and hatred won today, the darkness ate the light
But both you look in my eyes, “it’ll be all right”

In every step you take,
I’m with you all the way,
Cause I would die for you
And do what’s right for you
In hopes that when I’m gone
You’ll carry on these words I wrote for you

Til then…
I’ll sing

Stand your ground
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Be bold, be strange
Don’t let their fears make you afraid
There’s hope, they’ll change

Today I looked out to the world, thought “what a bloody mess!”
They stripped our morals from us, put ’em under house arrest
“Liberty” and “country” are the words they need to speak
A little “god” a little “freedom”, if we don’t agree we’re weak

And every politician stood there idle and so smug
Empowering the racists and 2nd Amendment thugs
Wall St and the billionaires, thinking they’re so smart
Saying “vote with your wallets, instead of with your hearts!”

But we wont go away!
You won’t forget our name!
The p***y generation, the PC and the brave
The protesters that slink along the streets of misery

And so…
I’ll sing

Stand your ground
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Be bold, be strange
Don’t let their fears make you afraid
There’s hope, they’ll change

No, no, no, no, no

So give us all your fa***ts, all your ni***rs and your s***ks
Give us all your mu***ms, the so-called ter****sts
We welcome them with open arms, put ‘em in our mix
We’re better off together, embrace our difference

Remember there is love!
Our words can stop their guns
Forget the rednecks
Living in the past
Were never going back now, we’ve reached critical mass

And so…
I’ll sing

Stand my ground
Won’t let the bastards grind me down
I’m bold, I’m strange
Won’t let their fears make me afraid
There’s hope, they’ll change”

Machine Head Offer Behind The Scenes Look At “Is Anybody Out There?” & Discuss How Phil Anselmo’s Racist Outburst Inspired Part Of It

Machine Head have shared some more behind the scenes footage of them recording their new song “Is Anybody Out There?.” In the clip, Robb Flynn revealed that the song was partly inspired by Phil Anselmo’s racist outburst at Dimebash, which Flynn publicly condemned. He also mentions the repercussions he faced after calling out Anselmo. The digital single is available now, and a limited edition white with red splatter 7″ will be available on July 22.

Machine Head Stream New Song “Is There Anybody Out There?”

Machine Head are streaming a new song titled “Is There Anybody Out There?,” via SiriusXM. The track will be available in digital outlets on June 3, and a music video for it will be released soon.

Robb Flynn said the following:

“The song is about love, loneliness, racism, and not getting what is going on in the world/America,. It’s very much about current events, but applies to a bigger picture.”

Machine Head Reschedule Recent European Dates

Machine Head have announced their rescheduled European shows. The band was forced to miss some showd, due to Robb Flynn being sick. You can see the rescheduled dates, along with a new Paris date below:

03/15 Luxembourg – Den Atelier
03/16 Paris – Cabaret Sauvage
03/18 Reims – Cartonnerie
03/19 Clermont-Ferrand – Coop De Mai

REIMS SHOW CANCELLED, FRENCH / LUX SHOWS RESCHEDULED, PARIS CONFIRMED. Due to the ongoing sickness of frontman Robb Flynn, tonight’s show in Reims has been cancelled. Adds frontman Flynn, “I went to the hospital in Reims yesterday as every time I cough it feels like I’m inhaling fire, while someone jabs a screwdriver sideways in my throat. The doctor said I have severe bronchitis, a burned trachea, and a throat infection. He gave me a whole new set of meds, inhalers, and antibiotics to take, which I’m taking, plus sitting in the insanely hot sauna every day to sweat this shit out." "The good news is that all of the cancelled shows have been rescheduled to mid-March after the UK dates, and amazingly, there was an avail in Paris when we looked, so we took it with a quickness. The Lille show will happen tomorrow, and I expect to be 100% in no time." "I realize this has been disappointing for many of you, (travel plans, timing, etc) please know that no one has been more disappointed about this than me. We thank you for your understanding and patience during the extremely frustrating time, we will make it up to you Head Cases!!” All sold tickets remain valid for the new dates, below are the rescheduled shows including the new Paris date: 15 Mar – Luxembourg – Den Atelier 16 Mar – Paris – Cabaret Sauvage ** 18 Mar – Reims – Cartonnerie 19 Mar – Clermont-Ferrand – Coop De Mai REMAINING TOUR DATES: 20-Feb Lille, FR (*sold out*) 21-Feb Dortmund, GER (*sold out*) 22-Feb Stuttgart, GER (*sold out*) 24-Feb Frankfurt, GER (*sold out*) 25-Feb Dresden, GER 26-Feb Hannover, GER (*sold out*) 27-Feb Berlin, GER (*sold out*) 29-Feb Tilburg, NL 02-Mar Norwich, UK 03-Mar Nottingham, UK (*sold out*) 05-Mar Belfast, UK (*sold out*) 06-Mar Dublin, IR 08-Mar Manchester, UK (*sold out*) 10-Mar Cardiff, UK 11-Mar London, UK 12-Mar Glasgow, UK #machinehead

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Machine Head Cut Clermont, FRA Show Short

Machine Head were forced to cut their show in Clermont, FRA short tonight (February 15), due to Robb Flynn being sick. The band made the following Instagram post:

Robb Flynn (Machine Head) Calls Out Phil Anselmo (Pantera) For His “White Power” Salute At Dimebash

Phil Anselmo (Pantera) recently came under fire for doing a nazi salute, and yelling “white power” while onstage at Dimebash. He tried dismissing it as an “inside joke” about white wine, but Robb Flynn (Machine Head) has posted a powerful new video calling him out on the whole situation. Check it out below:

Here’s what Flynn had to say (transcribed by The PRP):

“I was there, and I can tell you for a fact that there was not a chardonnay or a pinot grigio in sight backstage. In fact the only thing that you were drinking Phil Anselmo was Becks ‘German beer,’ [mocks seig heil,] Maybe that’s where the joke came from, huh? ‘get it, German beer? White Power? Fucking hysterical stuff there…”

He went on to say:

“No white person has been oppressed by black people, quite the contrary. It’s not OK to scream out ‘white power’ and then brush it off as a fucking joke about white wine. Especially when there was none. You know the fact of the matter is, I was there at ‘Dimebash‘, had a great time. Jammed with Dave Grohl, hung out with Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Dave Lombardo—it was a great vibe.

And upon going backstage, I bumped into Phil decided to strike up a short conversation, as we were going to play a couple of Pantera songs together and I, having toured with Pantera back in 1997, twice.

Within 30 seconds of sitting down and talking to him his drunk ass decided to let me know in no uncertain terms that he hated the ‘nigg*r era’ of Machine Head, refering to our third and fourth album, “The Burning Red“. [Mocking Phil‘s voice] ‘He hated every second of it, hated it with a passion, the stupid look.’

I just laughed in his face, I laughed in his face. I went ‘you are going to stare and judge me for the way I looked back in the day? For the music I was making back in the day, pot meet kettle.’”

Later he added:

“The thing that’s amazing about this is that we’re all scared to say anything. Chris R. was scared to put that video up, I am scared to put this video out. Because we all sit there and look at ourselves and it reminds of us every time we’ve ever said the word ‘nigg*r’, and I have said the word ‘nigg*r’ before.

I was jumped by fifteen black guys, I was angry for awhile. But you know that was in my 20’s and at some point along this journey of life, you change. You know this has opened up a huge discussion within the band as to whether I should even to respond to this or not. And the reason I feel so strongly about responding, is cause I had to stand on fucking stage with you—and granted I wasn’t on that stage anymore when you said all that stupid shit—no I was only on stage when we were playing “A New Level” and you were ‘seig heiling’ after the ‘and power,’ [mouthing white power,] like you’ve done forever now, like you’ve done forever now. And nobody calls you on it. No bands call you on it.

I’ve talked to people on so many tours, ‘yeah Anselmo‘s up there seig heiling and mouthing the words white power’, why don’t you call him on it? ‘Oh, cause I love Pantera man and who wants to start shit with him. Exactly, who wants to start shit with you? You’re a big bully. A big scary dude. But, enough’s enough. Enough’s enough. Now I haven’t felt connected to the metal community for quite some time now. I don’t get it. I don’t get how this kind of shit is tolerated. I don’t get how this shit is even blown off as acceptable, brushed off as acceptable.

You know do I think we should go and lynch Phil Anselmo and fucking call for his head? No, you’re more than welcome to say all of that shit. You live in America, freedom of speech. You’re free to say white power and seig heil all you want. But that freedom of speech doesn’t allow you freedom from the criticism of that speech, because that shit’s wrong. It’s fucking wrong. For somebody to sit there and go ‘oh if you were offended by this, blah blah’ blah,’ if you weren’t offended by that, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you. There’s no place for that in metal, and if there is a place for that in metal, count me out. Count me out. Goodbye Phil Anselmo, I’ll never be playing another Pantera song again as long as I live. And to the metal community that backs this bullshit, see ya later. Count me out, I want no part of this anymore.”