Machine Head’s Robb Flynn On Las Vegas Shooting: “I Don’t Ever Want To Fucking Play ‘Davidian’ Again”

Considering the October 1 massacre that left 59 dead and over 500 injured at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, NV, a fan asked Machine Head’s Robb Flynn about gun control during a livestream. The frontman answered by saying he supports gun control and that he doesn’t even “want to fucking play ‘Davidian‘ again.”

Here’s Flynn’s full statemnet:

“I am in favor of gun control. That motherfucker—everybody heard about the horrible Las Vegas, the horrible horrible… That dude had 23 assault rifles in his fucking hotel room—that is fucking insane to me. That is fucking insane to me, you know? It’s a fucking horrible, it’s a horrible thing that happened in Las Vegas. It’s fucking appalling. When I first heard the news yesterday morning, I couldn’t even put it together…”

“This morning, I thought I don’t ever want to fucking play ‘Davidian‘ again, that’s what I thought this morning. I straight up was like—I even texted it to the dudes, like ‘I don’t want to ever play ‘Davidian‘ again’, like fuck man. It’s fucking crazy. We probably will, we didn’t discuss it and that’s just how I feel right at the moment, but I fucking… It’s some scary shit, it’s fucking crazy out there right now. What the fuck is going on with people right now? It’s fucking crazy.”

In lighter news, he also discussed the band’s new album “Catharsis.”

“To me this is the record that could have come after ‘The Burning Red‘. It’s really grooving, it’s really melodic. But with the production on ‘Burning Red‘ was like kinda stonery, pretty dark. This is more like classic Machine Head, ‘Blackening‘/’Burn My Eyes‘ type of production, so it has a different effect. It’s got the modern elements too, taking what we started doing with the classical elements and bringing those in on ‘I am Hell‘, ‘Locust‘ and ‘Now We Die‘ and stuff like that.

It’s kind of a melding of those two things. Like I’ve been telling everybody, you’re gonna hear me say this so many times, you’re gonna be sick of hearing me saying this: lower your expectations for the heaviness. It’s a very melodic record and in a lot of ways, it’s shorter songs, it’s simpler songs, so it’s definitely not gonna be ten minute songs left and right like, say, ‘The Blackening‘.”

A video for the title track will be filmed soon, and a January release date is planned.

[via The PRP]

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Machine Head Announce 2018 European/UK Tour

Machine Head have announced a 2018 European/UK tour. The band will be out in support of their new album “Catharsis“, which will be released early next year.

Tour Dates:

03/22 Rouen, FRA – Le 106
03/24 Paris, FRA – Le Bataclan
03/26 La Rochelle, FRA – La Sirene
03/27 Bordeaux, FRA – Rocher de Palmer
03/29 Santiago de Compestalla, SPA – Sala Capital
03/30 Lisbon, POR – Coliseum
03/31 Oporto, POR – Colisum
04/02 Madrid, SPA – Riviera
04/03 Seville, SPA – Sala Custom
04/04 Malaga, SPA – Sala Paris 15
04/06 Valencia, SPA – Sala Republica
04/07 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
04/08 Toulouse, FRA – Bikini
04/09 Marseille, FRA – Caberet Auletoire
04/11 Bologna, ITA – Zona Roveri
04/12 Rome, ITA – Orion
04/13 Milan, ITA – Live Club
04/15 Lyon, FRA – Tansbordeur
04/16 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
04/17 Pratteln, SWI – Konzertfabrik Z7
04/19 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
04/20 Budapest, HUN – BNMC
04/21 Munich, GER – Tonhalle
04/22 Stuttgart, GER – Longhorn
04/24 Strasbourg, FRA – Laiterie
04/25 Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
04/27 Munster, GER – Skaters Palace
04/28 Cologne, GER – Ewerk
04/29 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
05/01 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
05/02 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
05/04 Olso, NOR – Rockefeller
05/05 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit
05/06 Gronigen, NET – Oosterpoort
05/07 Tilburg, NET – 013
05/09 Hannover, GER – Capitol
05/10 Weisbaden, GER – Schlachthof
05/11 Brussels, BEL – AB
05/13 Southampton, UK – Guildhall
05/14 Cardiff, UK – University
05/15 Bristoo, UK – Academy
05/17 Birmingham, UK – Academy
05/18 London, UK – Roundhouse
05/19 London, UK – Roundhouse
05/21 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
05/22 Newcastle, UK – Academy
05/23 Glasgow, UK – Academy
05/25 Manchester, UK – Academy

Robb Flynn On New Machine Head Album: “This Is Probably The Most Melodic And The Most Grooving We’ve Been”

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn recently did a livestream and talked a bit about the band’s new album “Catharsis.“ According to him, fans should “lower [their] expectations for the heaviness,” because this effort will feature tracks that are more “melodic” and “grooving.”

Flynn said the following:

“Lower your expectations for the heaviness, lower your expectations for the speed. This is… If ‘The Blackening‘ was us at our most thrashing and aggressive, this is probably the most melodic and the most grooving we’ve been.

There’s little thrashy bits here and there and it’s heavy, but it is a very groovin’, rocking melodic record.

I’m telling you that, because I don’t want everybody to think that we’re dropping fucking “Reign In Blood“. And I could tell you that if I wanted to, I could make motherfuckers think that we were dropping the heaviest 29 minutes of music ever, but this isn’t. This isn’t. And I want to be realistic with you and I want to be honest with you. It’s very melodic… For no reason in particular we just decided to write some groovin’, melodic songs and it’s fucking good man. It’s just really, really songs.

A lot of the songs are shorter. We got a couple of epics—of course we have to have a Machine Head epic, or two, or three. But it’s some good shit man, I’m really fucking excited…

I think it’s going to have 2 or 3 songs that are absolutely instant, and I think there’s gonna be quite a few songs that people on first listen are gonna be like ‘hmmm, I don’t know about this.’

And in a month, or two months, it’s gonna be, you’re gonna be, you know: ‘that’s some fucking good shit man.’”

[via The PRP]

Machine Head To Release New Album “Catharsis” In January, Announce North American Tour

Machine Head have announced that their new album “Catharsis” will be released in January. With this news, the group have also announced a North American headlining tour.

The band posted the following:

It’s been far too long since we’ve demolished venues in America, we have had an awesome and productive break writing our new album “Catharsis”, but now it’s time for Machine Head to go melt some faces!! The reaction to our last “Evening With” tours in America were nothing short of incredible, so once again these dates will be “Evening With” and will see us performing 2 1/2 to 3 hours every night with no opening bands.

We LOVED performing as an “Evening With” for you Head Cases, and you guys loved it as well, the freedom to do whatever the fuck we wanted for as long as we wanted every night was liberating. It’s not what everyone else is doing, and frankly, there are not a lot of bands who could even pull it off, but Machine Head CAN pull it off, and we are excited as fuck to do it again. We are carving our own path here, playing by our own rules, and as an artist, it’s the best feeling in the world!

No festivals period, no 45 minute slots, no supporting some stupid DJ, no parking lots in a rain storm, The Head will only be “Headlining”, so come on down and rage!!

MACHINE HEAD recently wrapped up recording their 9th full-length album with Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. An official release date has yet to be confirmed, but a Jan. 2018 release is expected. More details to follow shortly.

MACHINE HEAD will also be offering an extremely limited number of VIP Packages in 2 tiers at http://www.machinehead.vip.

Gold VIP Tour Package:
One (1) General Admission Ticket
Meet and Greet w/ Machine Head
Group Photo w/ Machine Head
Exclusive Meet and Greet Shirt
Machine Head Flag
Souvenir Laminate w/ Lanyard
Early Entry

and

Platinum “Soundcheck” Package
One (1) General Admission Ticket
Soundcheck Viewing
Meet and Greet w/ Machine Head
Group Photo w/ Machine Head
Exclusive Meet and Greet Shirt
Machine Head Flag
Souvenir Laminate w/ Lanyard
Early Entry

Tour Dates:

01/25 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
01/27 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
01/29 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
01/30 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
01/31 Houston,TX – House Of Blues
02/02 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
02/03 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl MH
02/05 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
02/06 Atlanta, GA – Centerstage
02/08 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
02/09 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
02/10 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
02/11 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
02/13 Toronto, ON – Danforth MH
02/14 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
02/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
02/16 Cleveland, OH – Agora
02/17 Detroit, MI – Majestic
02/20 Des Moines, IA – Woolys
02/21 Madison, WI – Majestic
02/22 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
02/23 Chicago, IL – Concord MH
02/24 Saint Louis, MO – Pops
02/27 Denver, CO – Summit MH
03/01 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
03/02 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
03/03 Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
03/05 Portland, OR – Roseland
03/06 Vancouver, BC – Commodore
03/07 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market

Robb Flynn (Machine Head) & Friends Cover Linkin Park, Temple Of The Dog, Etc. At Flynn’s 50th Birthday Bash

During Robb Flynn’s 50th birthday bash at the Operahouse in Oakland, CA, the Machine Head frontman covered various songs with his musician friends. Covers included: Linkin Park‘s “In The End“, Temple Of The Dog‘s “Hunger Strike“, Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty‘s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, Nine Inch Nails‘ “Head Like A Hole“, George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”, The Beatles‘ “Birthday“, AC/DC‘s “TNT“, Snoop Dogg‘s “Gin And Juice“, Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Crazy Train”, etc.

In other news, Machine Head also teamed up with Altamont Beer for “Burning Red Lager.” That beverage was available at the concert as well:

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Announces 50th Birthday Bash

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn will be turning 50 on July 19, and he will be celebrating with a big birthday bash at the Metro Operahouse in Oakland, CA on July 22. Tickets for the concert will go on sale this Friday (May 12).

Machine Head commented:

“ROBB’S 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, this July our fearless leader Robb Flynn will officially be a Quinquagenarian!!??

– In Led Zeppelin terms, that’s halfway up the stairway to heaven!
– In fact, at 50, he’ll spend more time trimming his nose hair than his head hair!!
– Hell, the best form of birth control for Robb at this is point, is nudity!
– At 50, he’s entered the Stone Age… gall, kidney, and bladder.
– He’s seen it all, done it all…… but can’t remember most of it!
– That’s right, his back goes out more than he does!
– Turning 50 means he’s so old that “doing it three times a night” is how many times Robb get’s up to pee!!
– At 50 he’s stiff in all the places he doesn’t want to be, and needs a pill to get stiff in the places he does!!
– Christ, his wild oats have just turned to porridge!!

Ba Da Bing!

In honor of the inglorious occasion, the youthfully challenged yet chronologically gifted frontman will be celebrating with a concert performance on Saturday, July 22nd at The Metro Operahouse in Oakland, CA. and features a cavalcade of D-List rockstars, has-been’s, and never-was’s, such as Fuckin’ Joe Cabral and Robb himself.

The debaucherous, alcohol-drenched event will likely be viewed by future generations as “the greatest show of all-time”, and is sure to make him an official charter member for the “Old Farts Hall of Fame”!

He only turns half-a-century this year, don’t miss this once in a lifetime event!!

Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon California time.

Share and spread the word please!!!”