Robb Flynn (Machine Head) To Perform At “Stars To The Rescue XXVIII”

Robb Flynn (Machine Head) has announced that he will be performing at “Stars To The Rescue XXVIII.” That event will take place on January 26 at the Lesher Center For The Arts in Walnut Creek, CA and proceeds will go towards Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Other confirmed artists include Bruce Hornsby and Christian McBride. Additional lineup announcements will be made at a later date. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

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Watch Footage Of Slayer Performing With Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head)

As previously reported, Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) is filling in for Gary Holt (Exodus) on the remaining dates of Slayer’s European tour. You can see footage of him performing with the band during their December 3 show at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark below:

Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head) Comments On Filling In For Gary Holt (Exodus) In Slayer

Former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel has officially commented on being recruited to fill-in for Gary Holt (Exodus) on Slayer’s remaining European dates. Holt is exiting the tour so he can be with his dying father.

Demmel said the following:

“Full circle. Karma. It’s so crazy how things work out. I got a text less than 24 hours after I played my last MH note. 11 years ago (almost to the day), I had to leave a tour to fly home and be with my family when my father passes away. Some amazing dudes stepped in to cover for me and to help the band out. I am filling in for a legend who was replaced a legend in a legendary band on their farewell tour.

Despite the fact that Slayer is the reason I wanted to play heavy music, it’s beyond my utmost honor to asked to do this. Learning 19 songs (Not just songs, SLAYER songs) has been a daunting task and I have worked very hard to do Gary and the entire camp proud. As we all here send our love and support to @garyholt_official as he goes through a life altering time, the rallying this camp has done is amazing.

Thank you all for your support as I grab the baton for a few shows and fly the Bay Area flag high on stage right. And lastly, the biggest hero is @martarino for being so selfless after having her partner home for 2 days, sends him off to follow this crazy dream. All hail the Queen.”

Tour Dates:

12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

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Full circle. Karma. It’s so crazy how things work out. I got a text less than 24 hours after I played my last MH note. 11 years ago (almost to the day), I had to leave a tour to fly home and be with my family when my father passes away. Some amazing dudes stepped in to cover for me and to help the band out. I am filling in for a legend who was replaced a legend in a legendary band on their farewell tour. Despite the fact that Slayer is the reason I wanted to play heavy music, it’s beyond my utmost honor to asked to do this. Learning 19 songs (Not just songs, SLAYER songs) has been a daunting task and I have worked very hard to do Gary and the entire camp proud. As we all here send our love and support to @garyholt_official as he goes through a life altering time, the rallying this camp has done is amazing. Thank you all for your support as I grab the baton for a few shows and fly the Bay Area flag high on stage right. And lastly, the biggest hero is @martarino for being so selfless after having her partner home for 2 days, sends him off to follow this crazy dream. All hail the Queen.

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Gary Holt (Exodus) To Miss Slayer’s Remaining European Dates, Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head) To Fill-In

Gary Holt (Exodus) has announced that he will be missing the remaining dates on Slayer’s European tour. During his absence, Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) will fill-in.

Holt commented:

“First things first, I want to say thank you to Berlin for the AMAZING show tonight!! BEST CROWD EVER! But what I’ve got to say has been very very hard for me these last ten days or so. My father is very near the end of his journey,I’ve been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts.

And with that heavy heart I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments. Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing Angel of death. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.

And that having been said, I want EACH AND EVERY Slayer fan to give their biggest screams for Phil Demmel @demmelitionmh !! Bay Area legend!!! My dear friend, who having JUST finished a tour agreed to help me and the band out and learn an entire Slayer set in days and come out here so I can return home for my dad. Thank you Phil, you are family, love you bro!

Please give him your warmest welcome.And most of all, I gotta thank @slayerbandofficial , @tomarayaofficial @paulbostaphofficial and Kerry King, you guys are TRULY my family, and have had my back through all what has been the roughest time in my life on tour. And thanks to our ENTIRE crew, and @lambofgod @anthrax and @obituaryband and their crews, knowing you all have been there for me through this, FAMILY. Love all of you.

To my fans, thanks from the bottom of my black heart, I’ll be back in March to crush once more. And more than anything , thanks to my wife @lisaholt777 , had I been alone for this, my melt downs would have been even greater. Love you baby. See all of you soon. Thank you. And MUCH LOVE to my bros in Exodus! They know what’s going on, and no one has my back more @exodusbandofficial @zetrodus you guys are my rock”

Tour Dates:

12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

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First things first, I want to say thank you to Berlin for the AMAZING show tonight!! BEST CROWD EVER! But what I’ve got to say has been very very hard for me these last ten days or so. My father is very near the end of his journey,I’ve been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts.And with that heavy heart I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments. Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing Angel of death. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all. And that having been said, I want EACH AND EVERY Slayer fan to give their biggest screams for Phil Demmel @demmelitionmh !! Bay Area legend!!! My dear friend, who having JUST finished a tour agreed to help me and the band out and learn an entire Slayer set in days and come out here so I can return home for my dad. Thank you Phil, you are family, love you bro! Please give him your warmest welcome.And most of all, I gotta thank @slayerbandofficial , @tomarayaofficial @paulbostaphofficial and Kerry King, you guys are TRULY my family, and have had my back through all what has been the roughest time in my life on tour. And thanks to our ENTIRE crew, and @lambofgod @anthrax and @obituaryband and their crews, knowing you all have been there for me through this, FAMILY. Love all of you. To my fans, thanks from the bottom of my black heart, I’ll be back in March to crush once more. And more than anything , thanks to my wife @lisaholt777 , had I been alone for this, my melt downs would have been even greater. Love you baby. See all of you soon. Thank you. And MUCH LOVE to my bros in Exodus! They know what’s going on, and no one has my back more @exodusbandofficial @zetrodus you guys are my rock

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Concert Review: Machine Head Play Final Show With Phil Demmel & Dave McClain In Santa Cruz, CA

On November 24, I attended Machine Head’s concert at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA and it was an awesome show that saw guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain take the stage with the band one last time.

The group kicked off the three hour set with “Imperium” and the crowd lost their minds. The energy in the room was infectious right from the beginning and it was sustained throughout the night as the band continued to power through tracks like “Volatile,” “Now We Die,” and “Beautiful Mourning.” The group were solid on all fronts and were definitely trying to put on an amazing performance in light of Demmel and McClain’s impending exit. Frontman Robb Flynn was even trying to get the entire audience involved with fist pumping, clapping, moshing, and more.

After about seven songs in, Demmel was given a chance to show off his skills with an insane guitar solo. It was kind of a bittersweet moment, considering he will no longer be performing with Machine Head, but the crowd loved every second of it. As he finished, people started to chant “thank you Phil” for his years of work with the group. From there, they launched into “Darkness Within” followed by the title track to their latest album “Catharsis.”

The band then played six more tracks, including: “Is There Anybody Out There?,” a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” “Locust,” etc., before it was time for McClain to say goodbye with an epic drum solo. It was another bittersweet moment since McClain’s thunderous beats will no longer be present in the band’s live shows, but everyone was awestruck nonetheless. The solo paved the way for three more killer songs, “Bulldozer,” “Killers & Kings,” and the crowd favorite “Davidian.”

After that, the show began to reach its end, but the energy never faded. In fact, it actually grew as the group rocked a covers medley featuring tracks from Metallica, Bon Jovi, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, and Alice In Chains. As if that wasn’t enough, they followed it with “Aesthetics Of Hate,” “Game Over,” and “Old” as the main set came to a close. The audience then screamed “Machine Fucking Head” repeatedly until they returned for their encore song “Halo.”

At the conclusion of the track, Flynn thanked everyone for coming out, and said it was kind of a weird moment since it was Demmel and McClain’s last show, but the two did have an incredible sendoff as the crowed yelled “thank you Phil and Dave.” Demmel seemed to be a little emotional and gave a Flynn a long hug, before all the members ended up hugging each other. Demmel and McClain then took center stage for one last bow as everyone screamed. With that, the latest chapter of the band was officially closed on a high note. However, there is still a bit of uncertainty regarding their future, so it will be interesting to see where Flynn takes things next.

Couple Ejected From Machine Head’s San Diego Show For Having Sex In Front Row

It looks like people were having a little too much fun during Machine Head’s November 21 show in San Diego, CA. In fact, one couple even got kicked out of the venue for having sex in the front row.

The band said the following:

“San Diego! HOLY… FREAKIN… SH*T!!!?? When a guy and gal get ejected for having sex during “Davidian” (in the front row no less!?) you know it’s gonna complete insanity! *no joke!*… WOW, what a welcome back you gave us, we are blown away!

Epic circle pits, the jumping was crazy, boobies, sing-a-longs, crowd-surfing-mania, couples having sex!!

San Diego, after an 11 year break from each other, you are officially “un-fired”! Hands down the best show we have EVER played in your amazing city, and one of the wildest and rowdiest of the entire tour! Thank you all so much for an UNFORGETTABLE night of raging!!”

On another note, Machine Head only have two more shows left on their final tour with Phil Demmel and Dave McClain:

11/23 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/24 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

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San Diego! HOLY… FREAKIN… SH*T!!!?? When a guy and gal get ejected for having sex during "Davidian" (in the front row no less!?) you know it's gonna complete insanity! *no joke!*… WOW, what a welcome back you gave us, we are blown away! ⠀ Epic circle pits, the jumping was crazy, boobies, sing-a-longs, crowd-surfing-mania, couples having sex!!? ⠀ ⠀ San Diego, after an 11 year break from each other, you are officially "un-fired"! Hands down the best show we have EVER played in your amazing city, and one of the wildest and rowdiest of the entire tour! Thank you all so much for an UNFORGETTABLE night of raging!! ⠀ ⠀ MACHINE HEAD NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES!!⠀ 11/23 Anaheim, House of Blues ⠀ 11/24 Santa Cruz, The Catalyst ⠀ ⠀ #freaksandzeroes #machinehead #eveningwith ⠀ #metal #catharsis #metalhead #nuclearblast #mhcatharsis #headcases #concerts #robbflynn #phildemmel #davemcclain #jaredmaceachern #headcase #theblackening #locust #burnmyeyes #vodka #weed #numetal #thrasher #circlepit #headbanger #metalgirl #theburningred

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Here’s What Members Of Tool, Ghost, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Etc. Wore For Halloween This Year

Halloween is officially over and a number of rock/metal artists have taken to social media to share pictures of the costumes they wore this year. You can check out a bunch of those below:

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc.)

Ghost:

Mastodon:

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💀🖤

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Happy Halloween?

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Butcher Babies:

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👻🎃 Rawr!

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Asking Alexandria:

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Family portrait! Can you guess who we went to the party as?

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Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

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Happy Halloween bitches!!!!

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DevilDriver:

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😈😈Happy Halloween 😈😈

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Ash Costello (New Years Day):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die):

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holy water

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Marta Peterson (Bleeding Through):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage, etc.):

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This Halloween was NUTS! #AwaitingBullwinkle

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Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Incubus:

Fieldy (Korn):

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Pre Halloween festivities with the wifey poo🤡

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Tyler “Telle” Smith (The Word Alive):

Knocked Loose:

Otep:

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For #Halloween 🎃 I’m going as a scumbag named Scam Likely 🕺🏼 He was once fired by a laundry company that serviced women’s prisons bcz he got caught sniffing the dirty bedding 😐 At his local bar, he offers #freemustacherides to anyone who’ll listen. Only a few have said yes so far but the list includes his grandma’s bingo partner, an albino yoga instructor from Belarus 🧘🏻‍♂️ and a #CheetoShitler supporter (with blonde hair & spray tan) who demanded he call her Mr. Big Hands 🤔 Scam douses himself with a bottle of Sex Panther cologne hoping to hide his chronic halitosis that reeks of dirty ashtrays boiled with used diapers in a public restroom 🤢 He’s had four teeth removed, his jaw broken by a young law student for “inappropriate touching” 😑 His next project is to upload some “really slick shit” & maybe someone will say “that dude’s a fucking stud” & he’ll be awarded the Ambassadorship to Acapulco (we’ve tried telling him so just forget it) 🙄 And when he gets bored he begins his ritual of cringe that’s just too gross to print 😖 So remember the name #ScamLikely 🕺🏼 It’s gonna be dreadfully delightful 🎃 If you get offended that’s on you. Maybe look in the mirror to see if you’re a creep too 🤨 Otherwise just deal with it. It’s a comedic bit. From now till Halloween ☠️💋 #besafe & #bleesedbe 🙏🏽 🎃 #Boss 🧟‍♂️#Alpha 🙋🏼‍♂️ #King 👑 #OTEP 💀

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Nekrogoblikon:

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Halloween in Kansas City, MO was (sic)

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Neck Deep:

The Acacia Strain:

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, etc.)

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Stay magical and have a Happy Halloween!! 🎃🦄💀🎃

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Stick To Your Guns:

Lee McKinney (Born Of Osiris):

Miss May I:

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Saving the streets of NYC this Halloween 🎃

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Happy Halloween ya buncha freaks

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The Dillinger Escape Plan:

The Black Queen:

Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder):

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Just paying homage to the show that fundamentally shaped me for better or worse. Met one of our old friends, MC Pee Pants aka @_mcchris having a trick or treater as a snack (I’m surprised Satan let you back up here). Didn’t see Willie Nelson though. Becoming Carl and shaving my beard was like the episode where he meets the successful family man version of himself and converts him back to his original slob self and gets him to shave his hair off. It felt good to release my inner slob though. #aquateenhungerforce #aquateenforever #mcpeepants #frylock #mastershake #dewey #vanessa #612warfavenue #nexttothegentlemensclub #halloween #newjersey @careymeans @eyeofthesnyder @_mcchris @adultswim @aquateenforever

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Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance):

Life Of Agony:

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, etc.):

Schuylar Croom (He Is Legend):

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“It’s fricken bats. I love Halloween.”

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Martin Stewart (Terror):

Sebastian Bach:

Rolo Tomassi:

George Petit (Alexisonfire, Dead Tired):

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