Tim Keller, the metalhead mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, rocked a Machine Head hoodie while casting his ballot in the U.S. presidential election. The band’s frontman Robb Flynn reacted to the news on Twitter:
As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:
David Lee Roth (Van Halen):
Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):
Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):
Gene Simmons (KISS):
Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:
Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):
Slash (Guns N’ Roses):
Brian May (Queen):
Scott Ian (Anthrax):
John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):
Zach Myers (Shinedown):
Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):
Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):
Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):
Vernon Reid (Living Colour):
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):
Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:
Alex Skolnick (Testament):
Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):
Robb Flynn (Machine Head):
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):
Bret Michaels (Poison):
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) says he wants to team up with Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Robb Flynn (Machine Head), and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) to record new vocals over the instrumentals on Metallica and Lou Reed’s collaborative album “Lulu.” He even offered to give the band a $50,000 donation for their “All Within My Hands” Foundation to make his vision a reality:
Machine Head’s Robb Flynn recently paid tribute to the late Chester Bennington by sharing footage of himself covering Linkin Park‘s “In The End“ during a live performance three years ago. You can check that out below:
During the June 26 edition of his “Acoustic Happy Hour” series, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn performed covers of Slipknot‘s “Snuff,“ “Deftones‘ “Change (In The House Of Flies),“ System Of A Down‘s “Aerials,” Dio‘s “Holy Diver,“ Staind‘s “Outside,“ and more. You can watch that set below:
During a recent appearance on Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn discussed the band’s new material. According to him, the lyrics in the new music “are pissed off as fuck.”
Flynn said the following while discussing how the ongoing anti-racist protests and the coronavirus pandemic have impacted his creativity:
“I walk around in a fury all day. I walk around in a fucking rage all day, and the lyrics that I write, and the music that I’ve been writing, all of it is very reflective of that. And even if the music isn’t super thrash or whatever you wanna call it, the lyrics are pissed off as fuck.
“As you get older in a band, the best option is to just shut your mouth and make middle-of-the-road statements that don’t really offend anybody and not really take a stand on anything as opposed to when you’re young and full of piss and vinegar and you don’t give a fuck. I think it becomes the logical choice, because why rock the boat? It’s like what happens to you when you become old — people tend to become more conservative; they don’t wanna do things that might offend people.
“I’m definitely nowhere near the middle of the road right now. I am just in a whole other place. And I’m sure I’ll lose fans because of it, at least for a little while. I think they’ll come back, and if they don’t, then thanks for listening for the time you did. But this is what I’ve gotta say, and this is where we have to go, and this is the place that MACHINE HEAD is at.”
He continued when asked if touring guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka (Decapitated) has contributed to the new material:
“I’ve co-written some stuff with Logan [Mader], and I’d love to write with Vogg too. We’re just kind of hammering out whatever we need to do. But Vogg did play a solo on one of the new songs that we’re gonna be dropping pretty soon here. And, yeah, it’s angry, and I’m stoked about the direction that it’s going. It’s heavy. It’s modern MACHINE HEAD. I would say it’s familiar to the last 10 years. It’s not ‘Burn My Eyes’; it’s still some other thing.”
He went on to say that Machine Head are not planning to release a new full-length album anytime soon:
“I’m all about dropping singles right now. I think an album will definitely show up, and some of these songs may end up on that album, but, to me, it’s all about just a constant stream of music dropping all the time.
“We’re pretty slow with albums — it’s already been two and a half years since our last album [2018’s ‘Catharsis’] — so I just don’t wanna wait another year to get music out. The music’s here, the music’s done; a lot of the lyrics that I’ve written are very much now, and they need to be heard now, in this moment.
“I do a podcast, and I can record a podcast and have it up an hour later. That’s fucking crazy to me. I can finish a song and have it up six hours later on all the fucking digital service providers. That’s fucking amazing. Never in history have we been able to do something like that. And we need to do more of that, especially with songs that are written about this moment and these times. It’s important to put ’em out now, not a year and a half from now.”
He also added the following when asked if fans can expect new music in the near future:
“Very soon. Sooner than you think.”
As the U.S. continues to be rocked by the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, MN, a number of musicians have taken to social media to speak up about the tragedy and the ongoing riots related to it. You can find some posts from various artists below:
Ice-T (Body Count):
Amy Lee (Evanescence):
Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):
Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):
Robb Flynn (Machine Head):
Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage):
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):
Black Veil Brides:
We Came As Romans:
Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria):
Alex Skolnick (Testament):
Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In):
Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):
Alexis Mincolla (3TEETH):
UPDATE: Here’s some more posts:
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):
Jay Weinberg (Slipknot):
Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):
Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy):
Ash Costello (New Years Day):
Arejay Hale (Halestorm):
In This Moment:
Health experts have said that live concerts may not return until at least fall 2021 and it seems some people are beginning to accept the harsh reality. Among them are Machine Head’s Robb Flynn, who said the band may not even resume touring until summer 2022.
Flynn said the following in a lengthy blog post:
“Guys like Zeke [Emanuel] and [Anthony] Fauci have been sounding the alarm for a long time now. This pandemic, like nearly all pandemics, will last 18 to 24 months. It’s going to come in waves. We’re gonna be hunkered down for a while, then we’re going to be able to lighten up some of the restrictions. Then it’s going to kick back in and we’re gonna have to hunker down, quarantine, shelter in place, social distance. Only to then will free things up, again at least to some degree, and then a third wave will probably come… and by then we will have the routine down so it will likely be under control, with the vaccine that’s wildly available to the general public.
He later added:
“Concerts will be the last thing that are allowed to happen. The large public gatherings that we’ve grown accustomed to? These things will never be the same. And like what happened during the Spanish flu of 1918, even when it ends, people are not going to be ready to go back to normal anyway.
Rock Clubs and Venues will have to cut down capacities by at least half.
Metal fans will be the most resilient of all the fan bases. I have zero question that they will be the first to return, determined to go back to shows, maybe to a fault (LOL), and for that I’m unbelievably grateful.
Pop and hip-hop audience often spend a lot more at shows than metal folks, insane amounts of money for ‘highroller seats’, but with very little dedication to the artist/act.
Sadly, we metal fans will also likely be most affected by this pandemic, as we are the one audience that is often struggling to live paycheck to paycheck.
It’s hard to accept the length of something like this, but the sooner that we can wrap our heads around it, the better we will likely be. This false notion that in just a few months we’re going to get ‘back to business,’ is good for a soundbite on Facebook, but bad for making realistic plans.
I myself have been able to keep a far more positive mindset knowing that Machine Head shows will probably not resume until summer of 2022, and that we will likely not get fully back on track until 2024, if we ever get back on track AT ALL!
We’ve gotta plan far ahead. We’ve got to figure out other ways to pay the bills.
Let’s face it, most music industry folks (record biz, crew, promotion, etc.) will most likely change jobs entirely and do something else for the rest of their lives. This of course happens as the record business takes another hit. Clubs, venues, promoters, a lot of life as we knew it… it’s all going to be decimated. Look at all the Euro festivals that have already been cancelled.
And look, I’ll say it here, I hope I’m wrong about the length of time. I would love to be wrong about this. But listening to people like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Ezekiel Emanuel…. It makes me think otherwise.
Oh wait, that’s right we can’t listen to Fauci because he’s trying to undermine Trump. Now there’s a whole #FauciFraud, #FireFauci from all of these right-wing conspiracy nut balls.”
You can read more from Flynn HERE. It’s also worth noting that Machine Head have already rescheduled the European/UK leg of their “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary tour for the fall. However, it is still unclear if the shows will actually happen. While you can’t see Machine Head live right now, you can still watch Flynn’s recent livestreamed acoustic performance below:
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn livestreamed an acoustic set yesterday (March 20) and it can be seen in full on Nugs.net. The first two songs, “Circle The Drain” and “Deafening Silence,” were streamed on YouTube and Facebook for free and can be seen below:
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn will be livestreaming an acoustic set on Nugs.net tomorrow (March 20) at 1:00 p.m. The first two songs of the set will also be streamed for free on Facebook. For now, you can see footage of Flynn performing an acoustic version of Machine Head’s “Circle The Drain” with his son Wyatt below: