Machine Head - Members Quit, Announce Farewell Tour (Update)

UPDATE: It looks like Machine Head will continue as a band, even after the departure of Dave McClain and Phil Demmel. A Facebook post has clarified that the upcoming tour is a farewell tour of this line-up and not the farewell tour of Machine Head.

Band statement: "After 23 years with Dave McClain pounding the skins at the drum throne, and 15 years with Phil Demmel shredding the guitar on stage right, both members have decided to move on from Machine Head and open a new chapter in their lives.

"The upcoming Freaks & Zeroes Tour of North America (that starts this Thursday in Sacramento, CA) is still happening, and will be a celebration of the music that the line-up have created throughout the years. The split is amicable, and the guys are looking forward to playing these very special shows for the Head Cases of North America and ending this era on a positive and classy note.

"Head to our YouTube page to watch Robb's emotional announcement. To clarify: this is the Farewell Tour of this line-up of Machine Head, not the Farewell Tour of Machine Head, as has been reported in the media.

"Machine Head wish to thank Phil and Dave for their significant contributions to the band, both musically and lyrically, as well for the spirit, genuine passion they infused into the music, and legendary live performances brought along the way.

"Machine Head ask that you, the Head Cases, the Freaks & Zeroes, the Lion Hearts of America, come down and have a drink (or 5), a joint (or 3), rage at the shows, let your freak-flag-fly, and celebrate this unique moment in time with us. Thank you friends,
- Machine Head"

Original news, published on 29.09.2018: It looks like Machine Head has imploded. Robb Flynn announced on Facebook that their upcoming fall tour will be the band's last as both guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain have quit the band this week. Flynn comments in a 10-minute Facebook Live video that this breakup is most likely due to how he has run the band as leader. You can catch Machine Head on their upcoming Farewell Tour starting next month.

"I have held on too tight to the reins of this band and I have suffocated those guys," the Machine Head frontman admitted, "I've got some rough edges; I'm kind of a barnacle. Those rough edges have given us the success we have but they've also hurt the people around me. I've got a lot of drive, but I've got a lot of anger and rage, and that drive of mine has alienated folks in the band. I ask that you respect Phil and Dave's decision, as I respect their decision."

Flynn went on to say that he doesn't "know what the future holds." He plans to "do a little bit of soul searching here in my life and take a long, hard look at myself, as I've done in the past. I've done 20 years of therapy at this point, and apparently it wasn't enough," he laughed. "I guess I need to do about 20 more."

Farewell tour dates:

10/04 Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
10/06 Missoula, MT - The Wilma
10/08 Calgary, AB - Palace Theatre
10/09 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
10/10 Saskatoon, SK - Louis
10/12 Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
10/13 Minot, ND - The Original
10/15 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue (rescheduled show)
10/17 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre (rescheduled show)
10/18 Des Moines, IA - Wooly's (rescheduled show)
10/19 Kansas City, MO - Truman
10/20 Joliet, IL - The Forge
10/22 Cleveland, OH - Agora (rescheduled show)
10/23 Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
10/24 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre (rescheduled show)
10/26 Ft. Wayne, IN - Clyde Theatre
10/27 Columbus, OH - Newport
10/29 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE (rescheduled show)
10/30 Hartford, CT - The Webster
10/31 Huntington, NY - Paramount
11/02 Sayreville, NJ - Starland
11/03 Richmond, VA - National
11/04 Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
11/07 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
11/09 Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
11/10 Nashville, KY - Exit In
11/11 Charlotte, NC - Underground
11/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
11/14 Tampa, FL - The Ritz
11/16 New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
11/17 Austin, TX - Emos
11/18 Lubbock, TX - Jake's
11/20 Tucson, AZ - Club X
11/21 San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
11/23 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
11/24 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst

[Also thanks to pedders for sending in this news!]

Band profile: Machine Head
Posted: 02.10.2018 by Aries Rising

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03.10.2018 - 01:49
Old Nick
Written by Apothecary on 02.10.2018 at 14:30

Well the debut is a pretty prime cut of 90s groove metal as well, but aside from those two, yeah... pretty forgettable

I never really thought much of Burn My Eyes, unlike the majority of metalheads I guess. Mainly because I can't stand Robb's vocals but The Blackening is so stellar musically that I can put up with them. One of my favourite thrash albums of all time.
03.10.2018 - 08:57
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
No doubt The Blackening was an excellent record, but it has gotten more attention due to the slump they went in since the debut. Everything after "BME" was an absolute failure and "The Blackening" came out as redeeming coupon due to which MH stayed as "relevant".
03.10.2018 - 12:07
This could be exactly what Robb needs to step up and create another brutal album.
10.10.2018 - 12:58
Still so much credit to Burn My Eyes album. I never really cared much about their groove metal era. Yes, their debut had big influence, but for me MH were always mainly thrash metal band. Burn My Eyes is overrated album for sure.
10.10.2018 - 13:07
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Stormm on 10.10.2018 at 12:58

Burn My Eyes is overrated album for sure.

Oh, how?
11.10.2018 - 00:10
O...K... so they (or him) will continue okay...
There are so many bands that I just love one of their albums, so I won't list them out.
But no, I don't take suggestions.

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