Logan Mader & Chris Kontos join to play classic album set live
Hell has officially frozen over! It is with great excitement that MACHINE HEAD have announce the first leg of their 25th Anniversary tour for the band’s classic debut, ‘Burn My Eyes’. The dates kick off in Germany on October 5th in Freiburg, continue across Europe and the UK, wrapping in Dublin, Ireland on 8th November. The US leg will be announced in due course for November into December as the tour makes its way around the globe.
Continuing with their ‘An Evening With…’ format, these shows will be a three hours long, comprising of two parts. The first section will feature a battery of MACHINE HEAD’s modern classics, such as ‘Imperium’, ‘Halo’ and ‘The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears’, featuring frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachearn performing alongside two yet-to-be-announced musicians on guitar and drums. The latter part of the set will feature the Bay Area band’s classic debut album, ‘Burn My Eyes’ played in its entirety for the first time ever. 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.
Band founder Robb Flynn tells us “Having started rehearsals with Chris and Logan several weeks ago, I’m literally giddy with excitement at the prospect of how much fun this is going to be. Both Logan and Chris are in phenomenal playing shape, the vibe between all four of us has been incredibly positive, and having run through deep cuts like ‘Death Church’ and ‘I’m Your God Now’ for the first time in over a decade, has reminded me of how fucking heavy our older songs are! This tour is going to be MASSIVE!! Do not sleep on this, tell your friends, spread the word, because tickets are going to disappear!”
Logan Mader adds, “It’s a huge honour for me to take part in celebrating ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th birthday! It’s hard to believe this is actually happening. I feel like I won the guitar player lottery…. again. The fact that BME is still relevant today has a lot to do with the fact that Robb has kept the band alive and strong for two and a half decades. I’m very grateful for this!”
Chris Kontos echoes the sentiment, stating “This is an absolute mind blower! Playing these songs again after 23 years feels just amazing. The fact that it’s 25 years later and the BME record is still relevant and revered is humbling to say the least. Doing a huge world tour in celebration of the record is a great way to acknowledge the legacy of MACHINE HEAD’s past and future. I’m so looking forward to sharing these songs with the MACHINE HEAD fans around the world. Can’t wait to meet all you ‘Head Cases’ out there! You can be sure it is going to be a crushing night! See ya soon!”
Jared MacEachearn is equally looking forward to the run, saying “It’s not everyday that you get to pay tribute to a classic like ‘Burn My Eyes’ and with Logan and Chris in the mix, I’m really excited to bring something special to old and new fans alike.”
Check out the excitement in this video clip from rehearsals –
Tickets go on general sale 10am local time, Friday 29th March, with Live Nation’s pre-sale going live at 10am, Thursday 28th over at https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/machine-head-tickets and www.ticketmaster.ie for Belfast & Dublin. Once tickets are on sale, 40 VIP bundles per show will be available as follows.
Bronze tier: Exclusive Meet & Greet w/ commemorative Burn My Eyes t-shirt (unavailable at merch), commemorative Burn My Eyes flag, VIP laminate and lanyard, mini poster, and more (limited to 20).
Gold Tier: Exclusive Soundcheck, Meet & Greet w/ commemorative Burn My Eyes t-shirt (unavailable at merch), commemorative Burn My Eyes flag, VIP laminate and lanyard, mini poster, and more (limited to 19)
Platinum Tier: Stage-played Burn My Eyes Dean Guitars guitar, autographed by the whole band, exclusive Soundcheck, Meet & Greet w/ commemorative Burn My Eyes t-shirt (unavailable at merch), commemorative Burn My Eyes flag, VIP laminate and lanyard, mini poster, and more (limited to 1).
For purchase details check out machinehead1.com
Full UK & European dates run as follows:
Sat 5th – Germany, FREIBURG Sick Arena Musikclub
Mon 7th – Holland, TILBURG 013
Wed 9th – Denmark, COPENHAGEN Amager Bio
Fri 11th – Germany, WUERZBURG Posthalle
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
Sun 20th – Hungary, BUDAPEST Baba Negra
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
Thu 31st – Belgium, BRUSSELS Forest National
Sat 2nd – UK, LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Mon 4th – UK, MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
Tue 5th – UK, GLASGOW O2 Academy
Thu 7th – UK, BELFAST Telegraph Building
Fri 8th – Ireland, DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
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