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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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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Official Rockstar Mayhem 2011 Lineup Announced

The official lineup and dates for the 4th annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has finally been announced. Confirming much of what was leaked last week, DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH will headline the main stage, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more bands. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.

This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today. IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour.

The JAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.

The 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team.

“Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer,” exclaims GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna. “Godsmack/Disturbed, Mayhem Festival!! Can't Fu@?kin' wait!!!”

Mainstage guitarist Dan Donnegan of DISTURBED emotes, “DISTURBED is looking forward to being part of the biggest summer tour in the U.S. this year. It's been years since we shared the stage with GODSMACK and we've been wanting to team up with them and join forces for a longtime. MEGADETH has been a big inspiration to us and we are looking forward to the other bands rounding out what seems to be a solid bill.” More...

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Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2011 Initial Details

Update: Check out the official announcement here.

While the official announcement has yet to be made, initial details about the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 are being reported around the 'net. Blabbermouth.net reports that Disturbed and Godsmack are rumored to be headlining this summer's touring festival, which will kick off in early July.

Here's the initial Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 lineup (more to be announced):

Main Stage:
DISTURBED
GODSMACK
MEGADETH

Rotating Opening Slot On Main Stage:
MACHINE HEAD
IN FLAMES
TRIVIUM

Second Stage:
SUICIDE SILENCE
UNEARTH
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
ALL SHALL PERISH
KINGDOM OF SORROW

A tip we received also indicates that Red Fang will be part of the lineup.

A total of 13 acts are expected to appear on the bill.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 tour dates appear to be:

Jul. 09 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre
Jul. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul. 12 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
Jul. 13 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Jul. 15 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Jul. 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
Jul. 17 - Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Jul. 19 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 20 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 22 - Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
Jul. 23 - Montreal, QUE @ Parc Jean Drapeau
Jul. 24 - Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
Jul. 27 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
Jul. 29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul. 30 - Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 31 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 02 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 03 - Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Aug. 05 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 07 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 09 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
Aug. 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 - Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater

Please bear in mind, this is not yet official. The official announcement will be made on Monday, January 31st.

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Robb Flynn Signature Guitar Unveiled At NAMM

Machine Head guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn has announced that he has signed a multi-year deal with Gibson/Epiphone that will include the launch of an exclusive Robb Flynn Epiphone signature series, baritone-scale Flying-V guitar. A video of the new guitar can be viewed below:

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2011 Mayhem Festival Trailer Posted Online

A new video trailer has been posted online promoting the forthcoming 2011 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. While no bands have been announced several sites are citing the following bands and acts that are rumored to appear: Disturbed, Megadeth, Godsmack
In Flames, Trivium, Machine Head and Unearth. An official announcement is expected shortly.

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Robb Flynn To Release Signature Guitar

Machine Head guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn has announced that he has signed a multi-year deal with Gibson/Epiphone that will include the launch of an exclusive Robb Flynn Epiphone signature series, baritone-scale Flying-V guitar.

In other news, Flynn and Machine Head drummer Dave McClain will both be appearing at this year's NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Dave McClain will be signing at the Yamaha booth on Saturday, January 15 at 11:15 a.m with Robb appearing at the Epiphone booth on Friday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m.

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Just For Fun

Musicians Share Their Top 10 Picks

It's getting towards the end of the year, which means it's "top ten" list time again. Roadrunner Records has thrown its hat into the ring, sharing the top 10 albums various artists bought during the course of 2010. The picks from Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Dommin, Airbourne, Megadeth, Grand Magus, and Machine Head can be found below.

Mikael Akerfeldt Opeth Frontman:

Tears for Fears - Seeds of Love
Toshi Ichiyanagi - Flowers
The Dream - Get Dreamy
Yonin Bayashi - Isshoku Sokuhatsu
Serge Gainsbourg - Historie de Melody Nelson
Pain of Salvation - Road Salt Pt. 1
The Churchills - s/t
Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day
Wil Malone - Wil

JB Grand Magus Frontman:

Paul Gilbert - Fuzz Universe
John Norum - Play Yard Blues
Cathedral - The Guessing Game
Darkthrone - Circle The Wagons
Witchery - Witchkrieg
Spiritual Beggars - Return To Zero
Watain - Lawless Darkness
Necronaut - Necronaut
Accept - Blood of the Nations
Unleashed - As Yggdrasil Trembles More...

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The Metal Bar Releasing Compilation Album

New Zealand's Just One Fix has issued the following update about The Metal Bar releasing a compilation album:

"That's right, The Metal Bar (vocalist Riccardo Ball's all-metal show on Juice TV) is releasing it's very own album, including 38 brutal tracks scattered over two discs from acts all around the world such as Slipknot, Trivium, Machine Head, Cavalera Conspiracy, Megadeth, Cradle of Filth, Soulfly, Mastodon, Korn, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Lamb of God, DevilDriver, Heaven and Hell, Opeth, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Murderdolls, Hatebreed, Divine Heresy, Mutiny Within, Taking Dawn, Subtract, In Dread Response, Just One Fix, Fear Factory, 3 Inches of Blood and heaps, heaps more.

"When the Knife Comes Down, our first single from new album 'Blood Horizon' which was nominated 'Best Metal Video' for the Juice Awards 2010, will be featured on the album! Support the metal - pick up your copy September 27!"

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Exodus Guitarist To Appear On AC/DC Tribute Album

Gary Holt, guitarist for thrash legends Exodus, has been announced as one of the guest musicians set to appear on the debut release from AC/DC tribute act AC/DZ. AC/DZ is a bay area AC/DC tribute act formed by Exodus guitarist Steve Souza. The album is also set to feature appearances from Machine Head's Phil Demmel, Testament's Steve Smyth and Rob Cavestany from Death Angel.

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Rob Flynn Seeks Help In Recovering Guitars

As was previously reported, Machine Head main man Robb Flynn's house was broken into, and guitars were among the stolen possessions. Flynn appeared on television asking for help in recovering the guitars, one of which was used to record the band's first album "Burn My Eyes" and the other was a gift from Dimebag Darrell. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Robb Flynn Has Guitars Stolen

Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay Area group Machine Head had his home broken into between 1:15 PM and 3:15 PM PST on September 7th, 2010. Flynn and his family were not present during the invasion, and many items were stolen from his home. These items include the guitar that Flynn recorded Machine Head's first album, "Burn My Eyes," with, a gifted guitar from late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and Flynn’s son Zander’s mini Flying V; a gift he received from his family for Christmas. Other items stolen include Flynn’s wife’s jewelry, laptops, wakeboards, and cash.

"I am offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the black Ibanez Strat along with many stickers, a ‘Designated Drinker’ sticker,” announces Flynn. "Additionally, I am offering a $2,000 reward for the safe return of the blue Washburn Dimebolt prototype. An APB has been put out to every Guitar Center in Northern California and the police were able to get several fingerprints off of the two acoustics that the thieves handled, yet bizarrely left behind. Sightings of two suspicious vehicles have been reported, one a green/teal U.S.-make pickup truck, the other a white full-size work van. If anyone sees or hears of anything on Craigslist, eBay, at their guitar shop... anything, anywhere, Please contact us at mike@machinehead1.com immediately."

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Robb Flynn Records Tribute To Debbie Abono

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH's "Die Young" song from the classic "Heaven and Hell" album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie's passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, "I don't know why I recorded this song, it doesn't really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world."

There are no plans to officially release Flynn's version of "Die Young," but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download at the MACHINE HEAD web site, www.machinehead1.com.

Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area's strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old. More...

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Tom Fischer Wins Golden God Award In London

Thomas G. Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior,) the founder of the legendary metal bands Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, and most recently Triptykon, was honoured in London this week when he received the prestigious Golden God award for inspiration. The award was presented to him at the Indigo2/O2 Arena by Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian. When accepting the award, Fischer stated:

"In my opinion, however, I don't deserve this award. It should instead go to Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Angel Witch, and Venom, artists who have inspired me and without whom I would not be here tonight."

You can see the full list of winners below: More...

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Death Angel And Robb Flynn Speak On Debbie Abono

Well respected member of the Bay Area metal scene Debbie Abono passed away recently and veterans of the heavy metal community have posted some messages online, paying tribute to her work and her personality. Death Angel's Rob Cavestany wrote:

"Haven't been able to get online much the past few days on the road but now have had the chance to read all the posts about Debbie Abono and soak it all in. I want to express my gratitude and respect for all she did for our scene, my band and me individually. She was like a mom and mentor.

"She was there for us in so many ways at almost all the local shows and especially on one of the best tours we ever did (Death Angel - Act III / Forbidden - Twisted Into Form in 1990). Miss you, Debbie. Rest in peace." More...

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Man Must Die Joins Hatebreed and Machine Head

Scottland's Man Must Die is already touring with Kataklysm and Decapitated for a Zero-Tolerance Sponsored U.K. tour. By mid-February they also announced to join the Black Possession Tour with Hatebreed and Machine Head. More...

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Hatebreed Announces European Tour

Hatebreed have announced they will be touring Europe alongside Machine Head and Bleeding Through. The currently announced dates are as follows:

01/29 - Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller Music Hall
01/30 - Stockholm, SWE – Arenan
02/01 – Helsinki, Finland – Helsinki Ice Hall
02/03 - Copenhagen, DEN - Tap 1
02/04 - Amsterdam, HOL - Heineken Music Hall
02/05 - Brussels, BEL - Forest National
02/06 - Paris, FRA – Zenith
02/07 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage (Hatebreed headline show BLEEDING THROUGH support)
02/08 - Zurich, SWI - Volkshaus / Sportznetrum
02/09 - Milan, ITA - Alcatraz
02/10 - Vienna, AUS – Gasometer
02/11 – Prague, CZ – Abaton (Hatebreed headline show, BLEEDING THROUGH support)
02/12 - Munich, GER - Zenith
02/13 - Dresden, GER - Alter Schlachthof
02/14 - Cologne, GER – Palladium
02/15 – Moscow, Russia – Tochka Club (Hatebreed headline show)
02/16 - Plymouth, UK - Pavilion
02/17 – Newport, UK - Pavilion
02/18 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
02/19 - Barcelona, Spain (Hatebreed headline show)
02/21 - Birmingham, UK - Academy Birmingham
02/22 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Academy
02/23 - Glasgow, UK - Academy Glasgow
02/24 – Stoke, UK – Sugar Mill (Hatebreed headline show)
02/25 - Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Academy
02/26 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo
02/28 – Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
03/01 – Belfast, Ireland – St/ Georges Market
04/22 - Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
04/23 - Meerhout, Belgium @ Grozrock
04/24 - Stuttgart, Germany @ LKA
04/25 - Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof

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Hatebreed Postpones European Shows

Hatebreed has announced the first three shows of the Black Procession tour with Machine Head (scheduled to take place in Stuttgart, Offenbach and Hamburg) have been postponed due to frontman Jamey Jasta falling ill. These shows will be rescheduled for mid-April time.

Jasta commented: "I feel terrible to have to miss these first 3 shows but I need this time to heal up to make sure I will be 100%."

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Machine Head Announces Australian Tour Dates

Machine Head has announced that they will be extending their Black Procession tour, with a tour of Australia and Japan. They will be joined on the trek by Hatebreed and Bleeding Through and will also be joined by Emmure in Australia and Crossfaith in Japan.

The tour dates are as follows:

March 16 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
March 17 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
March 18 - Osaka, Japan - Quattro
March 22 - Perth, Australia - Metropolis
March 24 - Adelaide, Australia - The Barton
March 26 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
March 27 - Sydney, Australia - Luna Park
March 28 - Brisbane, Australia - River Stage

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Evile Covers Pantera, Last Recording w/ Bassist

British thrashers EVILE recently recorded a PANTERA track for the upcoming Dimebag Darrell tribute album, which will be released on the cover of the 200th issue of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.

The special CD and magazine are being released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, and will be available in shops on December 16th.

Alongside various other well-known bands such as MACHINE HEAD, EVILE were asked to record a song as a tribute to the late guitarist. EVILE recorded a cover of the track "Cemetary Gates," and this tragically turned out to be the band's last recording before the untimely death of their own bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5th while on tour in Sweden.

A behind-the-scenes video - the last video filmed with Mike - of EVILE recording the track at Parlour Studios with producer Russ Russell can be viewed below.

EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"The day we got the call from our manager, Julie Weir, saying Metal Hammer have asked us to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell by covering a Pantera song, we couldn't have been more excited and honoured. I mean, how many more bands are there more worthy of paying tribute to the man? With us all being fans of Pantera, we swiftly said yes. Mike though was the biggest Pantera fan. He'd seen them years ago and absolutely worshipped Dimebag.

"After Dime got killed, Mike couldn't listen to 'Cemetary Gates' anymore. He'd always ask us to skip the track in the car/van/bus because it was too much for him. So when we chose to do the track it was tough for Mike, but I'm glad he did it. It turned out to be the last song he recorded, which to me is a strangely 'appropriate' tribute to him and Dimebag. I remember him nearing the verge of tears whilst I was doing the tremolo bends at the end of the track.

"We hope Pantera/Dimebag fans find this a fitting tribute from us, as we're simply fans ourselves who've been given this rare honour."

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas comments:

"I was genuinely over the moon when Evile volunteered to produce a track for our upcoming Dimebag tribute, a stunningly rendered cover of Pantera's classic 'Cemetary Gates'. So when the truly tragic news of Mike Alexander's all-too-premature departure from this world hit the office, the tragic irony wasn't lost on me or anyone here that Mike Alexander's tribute to the immortal legacy of Dimebag would also be a final testament to his own impeccable musicianship and commitment to the music we love.

"To understate the case slightly, it's a very special track indeed, and we're honoured that it's a part of our upcoming tribute collection. Rest in peace Dimebag, and rest in peace Mike Alexander."

The Dimebag Darrell tribute album contains the following tracks:

01. ZAKK WYLDE - "Suicide Note Pt. 1"
02. MACHINE HEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
03. MALEFICE - "I'm Broken"
04. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Walk"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
06. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "A New Level"
07. BIOHAZARD - "Mouth For War"
08. SYLOSIS - "Strength Beyond Strength"
09. CHIMAIRA - "Slaughtered"
10. UNEARTH - "Sandblasted Skin"
11. THROWDOWN - "Becoming"
12. KIUAS - "This Love"
13. THIS IS HELL - "Rise"

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Just For Fun

A Muppet Metal Medley

A new, high quality Muppets video of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is making its rounds on Facebook and social sites, so I decided to take this opportunity to post it, along with a medley of various other Muppets heavy metal renditions.

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm not quite sure what the fascination is, but there are more Muppets metal videos after the jump. More...

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