Bay Area metal titans, MACHINE HEAD return to the UK this summer with an unexpected move set to delight their rabid ‘Head Case’ fanbase.
The band are set to play a short run of five super-special underplays, in much smaller clubs than they usually play.
Frontman Robb Flynn explains the logic behind this: “In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe as well. We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe and the UK for this first leg of 2014. No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head fans that who don’t often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities.
I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus. We’d never played there let alone, ever even heard of the fucking place. We were all a bit grumbly before the show, and you know what? It ended up being one of the most fun shows we’ve ever done. Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun. It’s Machine Head without all the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw.
What will be really cool is that in the UK, we’ve never done a club tour, it happened so fast for us there that other than a handful of epically insane, wildly drunken Ten Ton Hammer club shows, we’ve only played bigger halls, so we are really looking forward to giving our fans something special there.
Plus, we’ve been hearing from our Scottish fans for decades that we need to get to Edinburgh!!! So finally, 21 years into our existence, we’re coming and we’re ready to fucking plunder Scotland!!!!”
Dates run as follows:
Tue 29th Jul – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)
Thu 31st Jul – EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms (www.ticketmaster.co.uk)
Sat 2nd Aug – NEWCASTLE University (www.livenation.co.uk)
Sun 3rd Aug – NORWICH Waterfront (www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk)
Mon 4th Aug – BRIGHTON Concorde (http://lout.gigantic.com)
Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 11th April and will be available from the ticketing links above.
MACHINE HEAD’s new album is in the workings and expected to materialise later this year via brand new label, Nuclear Blast Records. However, their loyal fanbase can get a fiery taster of some brand new material on 19th April; ‘Record Store Day’. The band are releasing a strictly limited gatefold 10″ vinyl ‘demo version’ of new song, ‘Killers & Kings’. The release will come in two different colours of vinyl; red or blue, and four different sleeves featuring tarot card designs; Death, The High Priestess, The Devil, and Strength. Side A features their demo version of ‘Killers & Kings’, and Side B features covers of ‘Our Darkest Days’ and ‘Bleeding’, two tracks by Southern CA hardcore band, Ignite.
Shops participating in Record Store Day can be viewed here: http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/participating-stores/. The Head Case collectors among you should get out and search for those four different editions!
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