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Formed: 1993
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Machine Head burst onto the 90's metal scene serving up 80's style thrash with a contemporary sound that some would even venture to call nu-metal. With former Vio-lence bandmember Rob Flynn handling guitars and vocals, Logan Mader on lead guitars, Adam Duce on bass and Chris Kontos on drums, the band released 'Burn My Eyes' to much critical acclaim. The album became a landmark release for the band and that decade in metal.

Machine Head's lineup would see a few members come and go, and eventually Vio-lence's Phil Demmel would end up back with bandmate Rob Flynn after filling in on guitar on tour for a while.

The band followed up 'Burn My Eyes' with solid sophomore release of 'The More Things Change'. 'The Burning Red', the band's third release, took on a decidely more nu-metal feel. Their fourth release, 'Supercharger', took it a step further, seemingly trying to make that sound more accessible to the masses with Rob singing on certain songs and the overall tempo slower and less heavy than previous releases.

In 2002, the band split with US label Roadrunner Records. Eventually, Machine Head and Roadrunner US worked out their differences and 'Through The Ashes of Empires' was released in the US in 2004, almost 6 months after the European release. The album still charted at #88 on Billboard's albums chart, moving more than 11,000 copies in its first week. While not neccessarily a return to form per se, TTAOE had a much heavier and aggessive sound, while still incorporating many elements of the band's sound as it had evolved over the years.

Latest Machine Head News

Below is our complete Machine Head news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Machine Head Confirm New Tour Dates

MACHINE HEAD have issued the following:

"Three new dates have been confirmed for Moscow on July 2nd, Germany's With Full Force festival on July 4th and Wacken Rocks Seaside Open Air on July 5th!"

"Head on over to the Tours page for details and ticket links."

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Machine Head's Rob Flynn Checks In From Dubai

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has posted this message on the band's official website:

"Yo, yo, yo,

Quick update: Been hanging out in Dubai for the last 24 hours; man, what a crazy, modern, cool, surprisingly American-ized city. Something like 1/5 of the worlds high-rise cranes are currently in Dubai building high rises. I'm tellin' ya, in 15 years this city will look like Blade Runner! We're getting ready to play the Dubai Desert Rock Festival again, which is gonna be awesome!!! We're the first band in the festival's history to play the festival twice, so as Anchorman Ron Burgundy would say, 'it's kind of a big deal!!' Once again, they've treated us like fucking royalty, and it's damn cool I must say. I'm looking forward to seeing all the bands on the bill, as we know pretty much all of them, so it should be fun. AND they sell Grey Goose Vodka now, so it's fuckin' ON!!! Next stop, CRUNKVILLE!!!

It's funny though, Dubai being a Middle Eastern country and all, they've sent us a long, LONG list of things we can't do onstage, including, but not limited to: Drink alcohol onstage *cough*, swear onstage *cough, cough, cough*, take our shirts off onstage (not that anyone needs to see my 'hate'-handles), take our pants off onstage (they actually could stand to see my well-chiseled buttocks), flirt with local women (uh...), not to mention the fact that a JOINT will get you 20 years!!! But they rock the fuck out like few countries we've been to, so it's a killer time. We of course plan on obeying every rule! These fuckers have even blocked all my favorite porn sites, as the government-controlled internet doesn't allow people to view porn, MySpace, Facebook, etc.!!! Don't they know that the internet is for porn??!! Thankfully, I got some insider info on how to get around the web-block from some local kids here, and was able to finally get to my glorious porn sites. As Dave joked, 'dude, you got some tech support for whacking off!!!' Yeah... take THAT, government-controlled Internet!!!

I'm gonna give a wrap up of HELLYEAH soon, and we will post some video of that tour soon as well. Gonna try and get some cool footage from these crazy places too, I was even thinking about interviewing some local kids to talk about their Metal scene, and maybe ask them some questions about being a metalhead in the Middle East, where it really is almost dangerous, and the Government can come down and squash you... for real. I don't know if it'll happen, but just something I've been thinking about. If you have any questions you think might be cool, shoot on over to the message board and post them in the thread for this diary.

As-Salamu 'Alaykum, fuckers!!!"

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Know The Score Add Two New Members

Know The Score has officially announced the addition of two new members, Dillon on drums, and Jake on guitar. Meanwhile, the band will soon re-release their "All Guts, No Glory" album with four new songs and two covers (Machine Head and One Life Crew). The remastered effort will hit streets in June via Eulogy Recordings. Finally, this fall the Know The Score will begin recording a new full-length, due out next winter.

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More Bands Announced For The Electric Festival

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SOILWORK and QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed for the Electric Festival, set to take place May 30-31 at John Lennon Auditorium in Getafe, Spain.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Friday, May 30:

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
IGGY POP
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY
SERJ TANKIAN
NOTHINK

Saturday, May 31:

METALLICA
WITHIN TEMPTATION
MACHINE HEAD
SOILWORK
QUEENSRŸCHE

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Machine Head Explain Seattle Show Cancellation

San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD were forced to cancel their scheduled Seattle concert Saturday night (February 23) on the "More Balls, More Volume, More Strength" tour after frontman Robb Flynn came down with "a severe bronchial infection." Flynn's condition, unfortunately, calls into question the status of tonight's performance in Portland, which may also get called off.

For more information, visit the band's official web site.

MACHINE HEAD garnered the first Grammy nomination of its career for "Aesthetics of Hate", a monstrous track from the critically hailed album "The Blackening", released in March 2007. The song was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" (SLAYER eventually won the award for "The Final Six").

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Machine Head To Support Metallica On Tour

METALLICA have issued the following update:

"This time in English... we're psyched that our friends in MACHINE HEAD have said 'yes' to more fun and games following the good times that were had by all at Wembley last summer. They will play with us in Chorzow, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic for the two headlining shows on the first part of our summer European vacation. The remaining dates in May and June are festivals with tons of other cool bands. As usual, there's more to come..."

Upcoming confirmed Metallica tour dates include:

May 28 - Chorzow, Poland - Slaski Stadium
May 30 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop
May 31 - Madrid, Spain - Electric Weekend
June 3 - Prague, Czech Republic - Slavia Stadium
June 5 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Lisboa
June 7 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
June 8 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
June 13 - Manchester, Tennessee - Bonnaroo Music Festival
July 16 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
July 18 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SKK Hall
July 22 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Nord
July 25 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Vasil Levski

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More Rock Star Mayhem Tour Dates Revealed

The following dates have been released for the “Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival” tour, which is set to feature SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD, MASTODON, DRAGONFORCE, SEVENDUST, THE RED CHORD, 36 CRAZYFISTS, SUICIDE SILENCE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, WALLS OF JERICHO, BLACK TIDE, and AIRBOURNE:

July 9 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
July 11 - Marysville, CA @Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 12 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 15 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
July 16 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
July 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
July 20 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
July 22 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 23 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
July 25 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Centre
July 26 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 27 - The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 29 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre at State Fairgrds.
July 30 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 1 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
August 2 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 3 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 6 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 8 - Toronto, ON @ The Molson Amphitheatre
August 9 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 10 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 13 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts
August 15 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 16 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
August 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
August 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 21 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

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Nonpoint Drummer Speaks On Playing With MH

South Florida's NONPOINT is currently on the road with MACHINE HEAD, HELLYEAH and BURY YOUR DEAD as part of the More Balls, More Volume, More Strength Tour.

NONPOINT drummer Robb Rivera has issued the following update:

"Man, are we exhausted. We are on our way to The Rock in Maplewood, MN to do show 16 of 20 shows in a row. Yes, I said 20 in a row! We are still going strong, though. Not even our rickety bones can stop us from playing these shows.

"The tour has been going amazing, All the bands are getting along and having a blast out here on the road.

"We have been friends with MACHINE HEAD and some of the HELLYEAH guys for a while. We just met the BURY YOUR DEAD crew on this tour and they have been really cool as well.

"As great as everything has been, a sad and tragic thing happened recently to our friend, MACHINE HEAD drummer, Dave McClain. Dave got unfortunate news that his mother had passed away and forced MACHINE HEAD to cancel their Green Bay show while Dave was on a flight to San Antonio to be with his family in such a tragic time. Please take a minute and visit MACHINE HEAD's MySpace and website and send your condolences to them. More...

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Slayer Wins Second Metal Grammy Award

Slayer took home the award for Best Metal Performance for their song "Final Six" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles. The song off their latest album, Christ Illusion beat out tunes from Shadow's Fall, Machine Head, King Diamond and As I Lay Dying. Some of the metal award finalists actually walked the red carpet normally reserved for more mainstream celebrities.

Tom Araya took his place at the podium and thanked long-time producer Rick Rubin and the academy.

"It's...most of all (I'd like to thank) Rick Rubin, who has been with us, been there for us, for the past twenty-three years, twenty-four years, so thank you. My wife, my two kids, Sandra, Errol and Tommy. They're here with me. Of course our manager who has been with us for a good twenty years now. Well, thank you very much. Thank the academy. Thank you."

Araya also talked backstage that perhaps with two Grammys they could be considered unearthed from the underground.

"This is awesome. I guess we're part of the industry now, above ground. None of those tunnel diggings anymore. No, this is our second win actually. It's kind of exciting. We've been fortunate to have been around this long with no radio play. We've gotten support from satellite radio recently, MTV gave us minimal support, but it's all on word of mouth and people liking what we do and passing it on to their friends. We owe a lot of our success to our fans. The industry is great, but the fans are the ones that take the time to look you up to see what you're doing, wait for the record to come out and buy it so..."

Slayer won for "Eyes Of The Insane" last year (2007), and have two other nominations to their credit. More...

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More Rock Star Energy Tour Details Revealed

SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON will the main stage on the first Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival tour, set to kick off July 9th at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle. The tour will hit 30 cities in the US and Canada between early July and late August.

The tour will have two second stages - one featuring SEVENDUST, AIRBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, 36 CRAZYFISTS and the Jägermeister Battle of The Bands Winner. A second stage will feature MACHINE HEAD, BLACK TIDE, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE RED CHORD and WALLS OF JERICHO.

Official tour dates, cities and the tour’s Internet pre-sale will be announced in the coming weeks. Go to www.mayhemfest.com to keep up with details.

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Swedish Metal Awards Winners Announced

The Swedish Metal Awards were held at the Grand Hotel in Falkenberg, Sweden on January 26, 2008. Over 58,000 fans voted via the Swedish Metal Awards web site.

The winners are as follows:

Hard-rock: Hardcore Superstar - Dreamin' In A Casket
Death Metal: Arch Enemy - Rise Of The Tyrant
Heavy/Power Metal: Sabaton - Metalizer
Glam/Sleaze: Crashdiet - Unattractive Revolution
Punk/Hardcore: Dia Psalma - Djupa Skogen
Metal: Pain - Psalms Of Extinction
Alternative Metal: Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
Best Newcomers: Sonic Syndicate
Best Live Act: Europe
Best Foreign Hard-rock: Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
Best Foreign Metal: Machine Head - The Blackening
Best Foreign Live Act: W.A.S.P.

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Judas Priest To Play Download Festival?

Kerrang! magazine reports that at the Download fan forum, which took place this evening at London's The Clachan pub, Download festival director Andy Copping hinted that British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST may be playing this year's event.

Other bands rumoured to appear included WITHIN TEMPTATION, KORN, MACHINE HEAD and FALL OUT BOY.

The fan forum also clarified promoter Live Nation's stance on green issues, improving transport links to the festival, improving security and improving facilities for disabled festival goers.

The 2008 Download festival will take place at Castle Donington June 13 to June 15. An official announcement — unveiling this year's headliners — is expected to follow in early February.

To buy tickets, check out www.downloadfestival.co.uk.

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Roadrunner Records To Release Roadrage 2007 In U.K

Roadrunner Records UK reports:

"If you cast your mind back to last year, you will remember that we released another in the series of Roadrage DVD's, featuring a plethora of choice cuts from the years releases via Play.com.

This coming March (the 3rd day of the month no less!) it will become generally available and you will be able to pick it up in places such as ZAVVI, HMV, The Roadrage Stores and Amazon.co.uk.

Full track listing for this lil beauty is as follows:

01. Stone Sour - 'Made Of Scars'
02. Stone Sour - 'Through Glass'
03. Stone Sour - 'Sillyworld'
04. Killswitch Engage - 'My Curse'
05. Killswitch Engage - 'Arms Of Sorrow'
06. Trivium - 'Anthem (We Are The Fire)'
07. Trivium - 'Entrance Of The Conflagration'
08. Trivium - 'The Rising'
09. Machine Head - 'Aesthetics Of Hate'
10. Dream Theater - 'Constant Motion'
11. Megadeth - 'A Tout Le Monde'
12. Slipknot - 'The Blister Exists' (Live)
13. Porcupine Tree - 'Fear Of A Blank Planet'
14. Still Remains - 'Stay Captive'
15. DevilDriver - 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost'
16. Madina Lake - 'House Of Cards'
17. Madina Lake - 'Here I Stand'
18. Cradle Of Filth - 'Temptation'
19. Shadows Fall - 'Redemption'
20. Sanctity - 'Beneath The Machine'
21. Daath - 'Subterfuge'
22. 3 Inches Of Blood - 'The Goatrider’s Horde'
23. Satyricon - 'The Pentagram Burns'
24. Black Stone Cherry - 'Lonely Train'
25. Black Stone Cherry - 'Hell & High Water'
26. Caliban - 'I Will Never Let You Down'
27. Black Label Society - 'Concrete Jungle'
28. Black Label Society - 'Blood Is Thicker Than Water'
29. Hatebreed - 'Defeatist'
30. Nickelback - 'Savin’ Me'
31. Nickelback - 'If Everyone Cared'
32. Delain - 'Frozen'
33. Delight - 'Divided'
34. Pain - 'Zombie Slam'

Crikey!

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Machine Head Check In

MACHINE HEAD have issued the following update:

"It was a busy 2007 for Machine Head and their new album The Blackening... from receiving glowing 5/5 and 10/10 reviews upon release, to winning Best Album / Album of the Year at the Kerrang! and Metal Hammer Awards respectively, to winning Best International Album at the Danish Metal Awards, all the way to their Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance, it's been anything but ordinary, and it didn't let up when it came to end-of-year Best-Of lists, polls and awards either.

The Blackening was awarded...

-- #1 Album of the Year by the Metal Hammer's Critic's Poll
-- Thrash Album of the Decade! by Hard Rock France
-- #3 Album of the Year by Kerrang!'s readers
-- #3 Album of the Year by Kerrang!'s critics
-- #1 Thrash Album of the Year by Hammer Germany,
-- #3 Album of the Year by Rocksound
-- Band of the Year and Album of the Year by Total Guitar
-- Best Band and Best Live Band by Terrorizer readers...

...the list seems to go on and on and on. Even the traditionally unsupportive U.S. press had to bow down and take notice, with Revolver putting the album at #5 on its Album of the Year list, calling it the finest Thrash album of the year, Guitar World naming it #1 Extreme Metal Album of the Year, and über-elitists Decibel grudgingly including it at #21 on their list.

To top it all off, The Blackening was the #1 most spun record on Sirius Radio's Hard Attack, Grammy nominated 'Aesthetics Of Hate' was the #1 most requested song on Hard Attack and Machine Head's 2007 Download performance was #7 on Kerrang!'s Top 100 Greatest Gigs of All Time!

Needless to say, it's been a hell of a year... bring on 2008!"

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Hellyeah Announce Second Leg Of Tour

HELLYEAH have announced the second leg of their national headlining Balls, Volume, Strength Tour with MACHINE HEAD, NONPOINT and ANKLA supporting. After wrapping the first leg of the successful tour December 16 in Amarillo, TX, the trek will re-launch January 25 in Clifton Park, NY, with dates running through March.

Featuring PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN double-kick maestro, drummer Vinnie Paul, singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett (both from MUDVAYNE), along with guitarist Tom Maxwell (from NOTHINGFACE) and bassist Bob Zilla (from Damageplan), Hellyeah have just released their third single 'Thank You'; it’s a shout-out to the band’s recently departed family members: Vinnie’s brother Dimebag Darrell, Tom’s mother, and Chad’s grandmother.

“It’s a very emotional track for anyone who’s been through a crazy loss,” Chad said in a March 2007 feature in Revolver. “Dime was brutally murdered. I watched my grandmother, who was this thriving, full-of-life soul, get whittled down to nothing because of cancer. I just felt we owed a big thank you to all of them.” “It was very powerful,” says VINNIE of the first time he heard the completed song. “It made me think of how much my brother had done for me, and how much we had done together, and how much I miss him and how important it is for me and everyone to know we love him and appreciate him.”

In other news, Hellyeah recently released their Below The Belt DVD which offers fans an inside look at the band’s life on the road with clips dating back to the day the band was formed. Below The Belt debuted at #21 and features footage from multiple live performances and music videos, as well as personal interviews with all band members. Other highlights include snippets of the band’s first recording sessions at Dimebag Darrell’s legendary Chasin’ Jason studio in Dallas, TX, as well as backstage footage from the band’s world tour.

Hellyeah’s self-titled debut CD entered Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #9 earlier this year, with current sales of over 250,000.

Catch Hellyeah, Machine Head, Nonpoint and Ankla on the following dates:

January
25 - Clinfton Park, NY - Northern Lights
26 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
27 - Richmond, VA - Toad’s Place
29 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
30 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend

February
1 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
2 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
6 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
8 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
9 - Traverse City, MI - Streeters (no Machine Head)
10 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop (no Machine Head)
15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club

More dates announced soon.

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Machine Head To Perform In Israel In March

San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will perform at the Theatre Club on in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel on March 10, 2008. Opening the show will be BETZEFER.

As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel — who sat out several dates on the San Francisco Bay Area metal act's European tour due to the death of his father — rejoined his bandmates for the final show of "The Black Crusade" trek Friday night (December 14) in Helsinki, Finland.

For the concerts that MACHINE HEAD played without Demmel, they received assistance from members of "The Black Crusade" tourmates TRIVIUM, ARCH ENEMY and DRAGONFORCE, enabling the group to perform an abbreviated set without canceling the remainder of the tour.

During MACHINE HEAD's December 7, 2007 performance in Zurich, frontman Robb Flynn dedicated the song "Descend the Shades of Night" to everyone who has lost someone important in his/her life, and informed the crowd that MACHINE HEAD had just lost a family member of its own, adding that the song would be played in Phil's father's honor. Demmel reportedly cried while he played the solo to the track, which Flynn had previously described as "an eight-minute elegy on death."

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Machine Head Post Black Crusade Wrap Up

MACHINE HEAD's web site has been updated with the following message:

"MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel, having flown back to the States less than a week prior to mourn the loss of his father, returned Friday night [December 14] for the final show of The Black Crusade tour in Helsinki, Finland, capping off an incredible tour and incredible year for the band.

"Having received an enormous amount of help in his absence, and in essence salvaging MACHINE HEAD's ability to even finish the remainder of the tour, various guitarists from the other bands on The Black Crusade filled in on various songs to help the band complete the last four of the five shows.

* Corey Beaulieu from TRIVIUM played on 'Clenching The Fists Of Dissent', 'Imperium' and 'Aesthetics Of Hate'.
* Frédéric Leclercq, the bass player from DRAGONFORCE filled in on 'Old'.
* Matt Heafy from TRIVIUM played on 'Halo' and 'Take My Scars'.
* Christopher Amott from ARCH ENEMY played on 'Descend The Shades Of Night', and...
* Matt Heafy returned again for 'Davidian'.

"All of them did an amazing job, and MACHINE HEAD can't thank them all enough for the help they gave, especially at such an incredibly difficult time. Respect.

"Singer/guitarist Robb Flynn wishes to offer his apologies to the people of Stockholm, Sweden for his inability to move during Tuesday night's performance at The Arenan as he was suffering from food poisoning and the flu. He was enduring severe vomiting and diarrhea before and after the show, and required four different medications and an intravenous glucose feed three hours prior to the set just to be able to perform.

"MACHINE HEAD wish to sincerely thank the nearly 70,000 fans who came out to make The Black Crusade such a huge success (with several promoters calling it the biggest tour to hit the UK and Europe since the legendary Clash Of The Titans tour 15 years ago), and for making it all such an amazing experience through and through. Much respect to the all of the bands on the tour as well for pulling together to make this such an unprecedented bill. Our sincerest thanks."

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Machine Head Guitarist Rejoins Band For Last Date

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel — who sat out several dates on the San Francisco Bay Area metal act's European tour due to the death of his father — rejoined his bandmates for the final show of "The Black Crusade" trek last night (Friday, December 14) in Helsinki, Finland.

For the concerts that MACHINE HEAD played without Demmel, they received assistance from members of "The Black Crusade" tourmates TRIVIUM, ARCH ENEMY and DRAGONFORCE, enabling the group to perform an abbreviated set without canceling a single show.

During MACHINE HEAD's December 7, 2007 performance in Zurich, frontman Robb Flynn dedicated the song "Descend the Shades of Night" to everyone who has lost someone important in his/her life, and informed the crowd that MACHINE HEAD had just lost a family member of its own, adding that the song would be played in Phil's father's honor. Demmel reportedly cried while he played the solo to the track, which Flynn had previously described as "an eight-minute elegy on death."

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Machine Head To Continue Tour Without Guitarist

MACHINE HEAD have posted the following update:

“All of us here in MACHINE HEAD wish to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Demmel family for their tragic loss of Harry W. Demmel. Flying home today to grieve with his family and celebrate the life of his father, Phil has asked that MACHINE HEAD continue on in his absence for what will most likely be the remainder of the Black Crusade tour.”

Says MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, “Phil was adamant about us continuing on. We didn’t think it would be possible, but a lot of the guitar players on the tour rallied around Phil last night and volunteered to help out on guitar duties. We really can’t thank them all enough. Adam and I spent most of our day off today teaching Corey and Matt from TRIVIUM, Christopher from ARCH ENEMY, and Frederic, the bassist of DRAGONFORCE, the set. They will all be playing various songs throughout the rest of the tour.”

Regarding Friday night’s show in Zurich, Flynn adds, “We left it up to Phil as to whether we would play last night, and he was very sure of the fact that he needed to play. He wanted to keep moving and not dwell on it until the next day. It was one of the most courageous things I’ve ever seen, I honestly don’t know how he did it. To the amazing people of Zurich who stood by the band, and supported us so much last night, we were all crying, and Phil and all of us felt the love more than you will ever know. Thank you.”

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Machine Head Play Show Despite Family Loss

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel's father passed away a few hours before the group's concert Friday (December 7) in Zurich, Switzerland. During the band's performance, frontman Robb Flynn dedicated the song "Descend the Shades of Night" to everyone who has lost someone important in his/her life, before adding, "like it happened today in our family" and informing the crowd that Phil's dad had just died. Demmel reportedly cried while playing the solo to the track, which Flynn had previously described as "an eight-minute elegy on death."

As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD's show in Milan, Italy on Thursday (December 6) was cut short after Demmel apparently fainted/collapsed on stage 35 minutes into MACHINE HEAD's set (during the intro to "Descend the Shades of Night"). He was subsequently tended to by medical emergency professionals and reportedly didn't require hospitalization (the ambulance was seen driving away empty).

Fan-filmed video footage of the moment when Demmel collapsed on stage in Milan and the subsequent statement the other members of MACHINE HEAD made from the stage regarding Demmel's condition can be viewed below.

MACHINE HEAD's concerts in Milan and Zurich were part of the band's European "The Black Crusade" tour with TRIVIUM, DRAGONFORCE, ARCH ENEMY and SHADOWS FALL. More...

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