In a message to fans, Machine Head has formally welcomed new members Vogg Kiełtyka and Matt Alston to the band, following their social media announcement this past weekend. Vogg of Decapitated takes over lead guitar and Matt (Devilment, Machine Head tech crew) is the new permanent drummer. Vogg will continue to work on a new Decapitated release and tour dates in 2020. He will operate in both bands. Machine Head will embark next year on the first European leg of the Burn My Eyes 25 Worldtour, featuring the band playing two sets each night. The new lineup will open, performing more recent MH tracks, while the closing set of Burn My Eyes in its entirety will be performed by the band of current members Robb Flynn, Jared McEachern and returning Logan Mader and Chris Kontos.
“Head Cases, please welcome Vogg Kiełtyka and Matt Alston to the Machine Head family!! Machine Head are proud to announce the two new full-time members who will be performing the first set of the upcoming 3 hour “Evening With” / ‘Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary tour, with the 2nd set will be performed by original BME-alumni Chris Kontos and Logan Mader.
Band visionary and mastermind Robb Flynn states, “it is an honor to perform alongside Matt and Vogg, these two are straight up “elite-level” players, and fucking BEASTS on-stage! I cannot wait for the Head Cases of the world to get crushed by the heaviness that they will bring, let’s do this!”.
New guitarist Vogg Kiełtyka (Decapitated) adds: “It’s a huge honour to be able to play at the same stage with the mighty Machine Head. I grew up on their music and when I heard I will join them on this tour, I was literally STOKED!
As a thirteen years old I was learning songs from “Burn My Eyes” which is still one of my favorite albums EVER, that album had also a big influence on my playing and my guitar skills.”
He continues,”Machine Head is not just a band, it’s an institution who has still a big influence on how all metal scene looks like, so for me as a musician and also a metal fan it’s something special to be able to be a small part of it.
That will be definitely a huge lesson and experience for me to be a part of such a professional team. Adventure begins, I cannot wait!”
Vogg will continue to perform double-duty with his band Decapitated adding: “To all Decapitated fans: I will see with you also during Decapitated shows in 2020. We do plan also to compose new music for next Decapitated album so keep an eye on more news!”
New drummer Matt Alston adds, “I’m honoured to announce that I will be playing drums for Machine Head for the next world tour cycle alongside Chris Kontos on their ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th Anniversary tour.
It was a pleasure working for MH over last years world tour, but now having the opportunity to be playing their songs is something I never would have imagined while growing up & listening to their music.
Pre-production for the upcoming European tour starts on Monday, needless to say I can’t fucking wait to get on the road!
A huge, HUGE thanks to my brother Steve Lagudi for getting me the opportunity to audition, and of course to Robb, Jared, & the whole MH team for welcoming me into this new position.”
About the “Burn My Eyes’ 25th Anniversary Tour:
Building on their wildly popular ‘Evening With…’ format, these not-to-be-missed shows will be a three-hour musical extravaganza, comprised of two parts:
Part I – will feature a battery of MACHINE HEAD’s modern classics, such as ‘Imperium,’ ‘Halo,’ ‘Ten Ton Hammer’ and, ‘The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears,’ featuring frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing alongside Vogg Kiełtyka and Matt Alston on guitar and drums.
Part II – will feature the Bay Area metal titan’s classic debut album, ‘Burn My Eyes’ played in its entirety for the first time ever. And if somehow this historical event could not be monumental enough, taking the stage for this part of the set will be ‘Burn My Eyes’-era alumni and MACHINE HEAD’s original drummer Chris Kontos and original guitarist, Logan Mader.
Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour Eu-2019 Tour Dates
Tickets Available Here
Sat 5th – Germany, Freiburg Sick Arena Musikclub
Mon 7th – Holland, Tilburg 013 *SOLD-OUT*
Wed 9th – Denmark, Copenhagen Amager Bio *SOLD-OUT*
Fri 11th – Germany, Wuerzburg Posthalle *SOLD-OUT*
Sat 12th – Germany, Leipzig Haus Auensee
Mon 14th – Germany, Bochum Ruhr Congress
Tue 15th – Germany, Munich Zenith
Wed 16th – Austria, Vienna Gasometer
Fri 18th – Poland, Gdansk B90
Sat 19th – Poland, Warsaw Progressja *SOLD-OUT*
Sun 20th – Hungary, Budapest Baba Negra *SOLD-OUT*
Tue 22nd – Switzerland, Zurich Komplex
Wed 23rd – France, Lyon Le Radiant **
Fri 25th – Italy, Milan Live Club
Sat 26th – Italy, Padova Hall
Sun 27th – Luxembourg, Lux Expo
Tue 29th – France, Paris Le Trianon *SOLD-OUT*
Wed 30th – France, Paris Le Trianon *SOLD-OUT*
Thu 31st – Belgium, Brussels Forest National
Sat 2nd – Uk, London O2 Academy Brixton *SOLD-OUT*
Mon 4th – Uk, Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse *SOLD-OUT*
Tue 5th – Uk, Glasgow O2 Academy *SOLD-OUT*
Thu 7th – Uk, Belfast Telegraph Building
Fri 8th – Ireland, Dublin Olympia Theatre *SOLD-OUT*
Fri 20th – Hollywood, Ca The Hollywood Palladium
Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour Eu-2020 Tour Dates
19th – Zaragoza, Teatro De Las Esquinas
21st – Santiago De Compostela, Capitol
23rd – Oporto, Coliseu De Porto
24th – Lisbon, Coliseu De Lisboa
25th – Madrid, La Riviera
27th – Malaga, Paris 15
28th – Murcia, Gamma
29th – Valencia, Republicca
1st – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
2nd Toulouse, Le Bikini
5th – Ludwigsburg, Mhp Arena
6th – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
8th – Hannover, Swiss Life Hall
9th – Prague, Forum Karlin
10th – Bratislava, Refinery Gallery
12th – Bucharest, Quantic Club
13th – Sofia, Universiada Hall
15th – Thessaloniki, Fix Factory Of Sound
16th – Athens, Piraeus Academy
20th – Kiev, Stereoplaza
22nd – Moscow, 1930 Moscow
23rd – St Petersburg, A2
25th – Helsinki, The Circus
28th – Stockholm, Fryhuset Arenan
29th – Oslo, Sentrum Scene
30th – Aarhus, Train
1st – Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit 36
2nd – Utrecht, Tivoliredenburg
3rd – Lille, Aeronef
5th – London, Alexandra Palace
6th – Birmingham Academy