Bay Area metal giants MACHINE HEAD, who recently announced the dates for their »Burn My Eyes« 25th anniversary tour, have re-recorded the legendary debut album in its entirety.
The recording line-up features original BME alulmni Chris Kontos and Logan Mader as well as singer and guitarist Robb Flynn and bass player Jared MacEachern. The recordings were done at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California.
Recently the band sat down and re-visited and discussed the album for the first time in over 2 decades. This often hilarious conversation sees them trying to remember where they wrote the songs on their debut album, discussing how they got together back in 1992, and the time they set off the smoke alarms in the Fantasy recording studio from smoking so much weed.
The tour kicks off in Germany on October 5th in Freiburg, and continue across Europe and the UK, wrapping in Dublin, Ireland on the 8th of November. The U.S. leg will be announced in due course; those dates are set for November into December as the tour makes its way around the globe.
Building on their wildly popular ‘An 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,’ and, ‘The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears,’ featuring frontman/guitarist Robb Flynnand bassist Jared MacEachern performing alongside two, soon-to-be-announced ragers on guitar and drums.
Part II – will feature the Bay Area band’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 andMACHINE HEAD’s original drummer Chris Kontos and original guitarist Logan Mader.
Band founder and visionary, 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!”
Flynn continues, “Having run through deep cuts like ‘Death Church,’ and ‘I’m Your God Now’ for the first time in well over a decade, has reminded me of how fucking heavy our older songs are! This tour is going to be MASSIVE!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to share this milestone with the Head Cases! So just a head’s up, DO NOT sleep on this! Tell your friends, spread the word, because tickets are going to disappear!”
Logan Mader adds, “It’s a huge honor 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!”
The lord of the low-end, Jared MacEachern 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.”
Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time, Friday 29th March, with pre-sale going live at 10am on Thursday 28th
An extremely limited amount of VIP packages will be made available to 40 folks per show.
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« guitar from Dean Guitars 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)
Full 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 !!!SOLD OUT!!!
Wed 30th – France, PARIS Le Trianon !!!JUST ADDED!!!
Thu 31st – Belgium, BRUSSELS Forest National
Sat 2nd – UK, LONDON O2 Academy Brixton !!!SOLD OUT!!!
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 !!!SOLD OUT!!!
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