Machine Head's Rob Flynn Apologizes To Slayer's Kerry King For His Role In Ongoing 'Feud'
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MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message in the band's official forum:
"Been listening to SLAYER's 'Seasons in the Abyss' a lot lately. [I] don't really know why I went back to it... it's kinda hard to listen to in some ways... but, Jesus?! That record is just amazing. Absolutely fucking classic from start to finish. 'Seasons in the Abyss' is just about the ultimate metal album. Riffs, melodies, structures, energy... FUCK! What an accomplishment!
"After that began, I ended up digging through a bunch of stuff in my garage that I had to move, and I stumbled upon a shitload of memorabilia from those first two tours they [SLAYER] took us on. Flyers, posters, laminates, pictures... and it kinda bummed me out.
"Actually, it really bummed me out.
"I know I’m not supposed to say things like that, 'cause, you know... people think you're 'weak' when you say shit like that. But, despite things, I try not to let it affect my enjoyment of the music they create, since that band has been — and always will be — such a huge part of my life.
"From growing up as a teenager playing their songs at backyard kegger parties in Fremont... to watching them give the best live performance I have ever witnessed at the Henry J. Kaiser Center in Oakland... to having seen SLAYER live more times than any other band (before we toured together)... to them giving us the opportunity to tour with them for 5 ½ months, on 5 different continents... SLAYER has helped this band more than any other band out there, period. Kerry King, in particular, played a pivotal role in making that happen. It is something I will forever be grateful for, even if we never are friends again.
"So with that said, I am issuing an apology to Kerry for the role I've played in our ongoing 'feud.' To be honest, I can't even remember why it started. With every barb we trade, I feel like I'm losing a part of my youth, and with it, a part of who I used to be, before MACHINE HEAD came into existence.
"It's one of the strange ironies of the music business... that it would turn one of your idols, into one of your enemies.
"It really is a shame... sometimes the 'business' side of the music business has a tendency to suck the enjoyment out of the very thing you become a part of the music business for: music.
"Fuck that, man.
"I refuse to trade my humanity for a popularity contest."
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