Machine Head Announces New Headline Tour Dates

Machine Head continue their current world tour for their new album Catharsis (Nuclear Blast) which released earlier this year. The upcoming dates also include the 6 rescheduled dates from the first leg where vocalist Robb Flynn contracted a severe viral bronchitis lung infection. The band will once again will be giving fans “An Evening With” format where the band plays over 2.5 hours nightly with no opening act. Pre-sales and VIP packages are available now and the fan pre-sale will take place tomorrow, for one day only at the links below. General on sale tickets go on sale this Friday July, 13 at 10 am local time via www.machinehead.vip.Continue reading

Machine Head Announce Second Leg of An Evening With… Tour

Machine Head, by Meg Loyal Photography

Machine Head, by Meg Loyal Photography

Machine Headtoday has announced a second leg of their highly successful “An Evening With Tour” for the United States slated to begin this November. Once again, there will no opening act; just the headliner for two-plus hours. Many of the shows on the last US tour sold out by the day of the show.

The band commented on the tour announcement:

Head Cases of North America! Machine Head is fucking stoked to announce a 2nd North American leg of our ‘An Evening With…’ Tour!!! 2+ hours of mayhem, crushing riffs and metal anthems are coming back this November and December!”

 

An Evening with Machine Head leg 2

Tickets go on sale this Friday July 10, at 10 am local time. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Machine Head – “An Evening With..” confirmed tour dates
Nov 02: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

Nov 04: Knitting Factory- Reno, NV

Nov 07: Rawkus – Colorado Springs, CO

Nov 09: The Bourbon Theatre- Lincoln, NE

Nov 10: The District – Sioux Falls, SD

Nov 12: Q and Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI

Nov 13: The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Nov 14: Deluxe at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

Nov 15: Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL

Nov 17: Mercury Ballroom- Louisville, KY

Nov 19: Newport Music Hall- Columbus, OH

Nov 20: The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

Nov 21: Guelph Concert Theatre – Guelph, ON

Nov 22: Ritual – Ottawa, ON

Nov 23: Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY

Nov 24: The Paramount – Huntington, NY

Nov 25: Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

Nov 27: The Asylum- Portland, ME

Nov 28: NJ Stone Pony- Asbury Park,

Nov 29: The National- Richmond, VA

Nov 30: Amos’ Southend- Charlotte, NC

Dec 01: Saturn- Birmingham, AL

Dec 03: Culture Room- Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Dec 04: State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL

Dec 05: Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL

Dec 08: Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA

Dec 09: Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

Dec 10: Jake’s – Lubbock, TX

Dec 11: Tricky Falls- El Paso, TX

Dec 12: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

Dec 14: Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ

Dec 15: The Rock – Tucson, AZ

Dec 17: Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA

Dec 18: Ramona Mainstage- Ramona, CA

Dec 19: Rockbar Theater- San Jose, CA

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Machine Head continues to tour in support of 2014’s Bloodstone & Diamonds (Nuclear Blast) album.

 

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An Evening With Machine Head: Live at Brighton Music Hall, Allston MA

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In the heart of Allston, MA (ok most visitors would just call it Boston) on one of the coldest nights of winter in January, Machine Head warmed up the Brighton Music Hall with an “Evening with” set. Now seeing a couple of “Evening with” shows, the show is always just the one band (no openers) and the band typically plays a greatest hit set. Of course, if you are Amon Amarth, then you would have played your brand new album from front to back, took a beer break, then played your greatest hits. Having said that, Machine Head did a great job of playing 17 of their greatest tracks across all of their albums in their 20 year history, all in a small window of time with a tight curfew. The small venue at BMH also allowed for a very intimate night, something most fans are not capable of getting from a Machine Head tour nowadays.

 

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As I mentioned, the set list had a great variety of tracks across all of their albums in their discography. Not surprisingly, the most visited albums were the brand new Bloodstone & Diamonds (Nuclear Blast) as well as their masterpiece, The Blackening (Roadrunner). Both of these albums saw 4 tracks a piece such as ‘Game Over’, ‘Sail Into the Black’, and ‘Now We Die’ from the former and ‘Now I Lay Thee Down’, ‘Aesthetics of Hate’, and set closer ‘Halo’, from the latter. Burn My Eyes, Through the Ashes of Empires, and Unto the Locust only had 2 songs each including ‘Davidian’, ‘Imperium’, and ‘Locust’. I personally liked the choice to limit the tracks on Unto the Locust as I feel like Machine Head needed to ensure Blood & Diamonds was showcased as well as The Blackening. Regardless, the few songs selected from these albums I felt were well selected as they truly show any newer fan of Machine Head what these guys are all about. Rounding out the discography with one track from each is Supercharger, The Burning Red, and The More Things Change. Before you ask, yes, they played ‘From This Day’ and I felt like elementary school/middle school had just got out and I was on the bus listening to my beloved nu metal music. ‘Bulldozer’ and ‘Ten Ton Hammer’ were the other selections from the remaining albums as well. Overall, I really could not find a song to pick over any of the actual played songs (mainly because I do not see ‘Imaginal Cells’ being played live as it is an instrumental with samples over them).

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So “An Evening with Machine Head” truly lived up to the hype and I am glad that I was able to go even with a nasty head cold and tired from the endless shoveling this winter has brought us here in New England. The crowd was great which was totally into the show from start to end with at least 10 separate “Machine Fucking Head” chants. Age varied greatly too as I saw some fans as young as maybe 17 or 18 and old as maybe late 50s! A show is almost always guaranteed to be a hit when there is an age range of about 40 years. As great as the set was, the live performance, and the fans in the crowd, nothing beat the absolute hilarity in watching fan after fan fall on their ass during circle pits. There were so many dropped beverages that people were slipping and sliding and falling all over the place! Fortunately no one received any real injuries and spent more time just laughing off the falls, hugging, and enjoying what was truly an amazing evening with Machine Head.

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WORDS BY TIM LEDIN

PHOTOS BY MEG LOYAL PHOTOGRAPHY