Machine Head Clarifies Lineup Changes, Not Breaking Up

In a message to their social networks, as well as an email message to their fans, Machine Head has clarified their earlier announcement about their future. Along with the previous message that Phil Demmel and Dave Mcclain are departing the band after long tenures, the band is officially continuing on with founder Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern and eventually, new members. The upcoming “Farewell tour” is more of a farewell of the current lineup.


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.

Watch Robb’s emotional announcement that happened Friday on Facebook Live.

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.

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 2), rage at the shows, let your freak-flag-fly, and celebrate this unique moment in history with us.

The band will once again will be giving fans “An Evening With” MACHINE HEAD, no openers, no B.S., just 2 1/2 hours of classic and new material!

Thank you friends,

– Machine Head

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Freaks & Zeroes Tour 2018

10/4/2018 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades

10/6/2018 Missoula, MO Wilma Theatre

10/8/2018 Calgary, AB The Palace Theatre

10/9/2018 Edmonton, AB Union Hall

10/10/2018 Saskatoon, SK Louis’

10/12/2018 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick

10/13/2018 Minot, ND The Original

10/15/2018 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

10/17/2018 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre

10/18/2018 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s

10/19/2018 Kansas City, MO The Truman

10/20/2018 Joliet, IL The Forge

10/22/2018 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre

10/23/2018 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection

10/24/2018 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre

10/26/2018 FT. Wayne, IN The Clyde Theatre

10/27/2018 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

10/29/2018 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

10/30/2018 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre

10/31/2018 Huntington, NY The Paramount

11/2/2018 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

11/3/2018 Richmond, VA The National

11/4/2018 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage

11/7/2018 Asheville, NC Orange Peel

11/9/2018 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom

11/10/2018 Nashville, TN Exit/In

11/11/2018 Charlotte, NC The Underground

11/13/2018 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution

11/14/2018 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor

11/16/2018 New Orleans, LA House of Blues

11/17/2018 Austin, TX Emo’s

11/18/2018 Lubbock, TX Jake’s

11/20/2018 Tucson, AZ Club XS

11/21/2018 San Diego, CA House of Blues

11/23/2018 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

11/24/2018 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst