We messed up. Apparently …
We watched intently as Machine Head‘s Robb Flynn, emotional as we have seen him, announced via Facebook live that two – and possibly even three – of the four members of the band had quit. We listened as he assured us, however, that Machine Head would still embark on a tour that is beginning as we speak. We noted his reference to “Farewell Tour Dates” on the video, not to mention a direct link for purchasing tickets for said tour.
But just as quickly as the frontman announced that Phil Demmel and Dave McClain were definitely leaving the band, and Jared MacEachern was considering it, he clarified the situation stating that it is only this incarnation of Machine Head that is bidding farewell and the media has it wrong. Shame on us.
So, for the record, no need to clamor for tickets for this Machine Head tour, unless you are huge fans of Demmel and/or McClain. Flynn, despite the trying times that have hit his camp, will soldier on. Machine Head, as we know it, will simply be a two-man wolf pack, per se. At least for the near future.
We are sorry for our mistake. Going forward, we will be sure to vet what “Farewell Tour” actually means. Hell, KISS have been saying it for decades, so how could we have made such a mistake?
Here is Flynn’s message clarifying the situation:
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
You can view Machine Head‘s
Farewell Tour Dates here. Tour starts tomorrow at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California.
Read our original post here, and watch Flynn’s video below.