According to Yahoo! India, MACHINE HEAD has been confirmed as one of the headliners of the Rock In India festival, set to take place March 14, 2008 in Bangalore, India. Also scheduled to appear is MEGADETH.Check out a poster for the festival at this location. Rock In India organizer, DNA chief T Venkat Vardhan, says that, "There's a huge demand from youngsters for metal bands. The festival will also have an array of Indian bands and a good mix of upcoming and established talent. So while we have the bands like PENTAGRAM and PARIKRAMA, we'll also have winners from DSP Rockilution (Kolkata's CASINO BLUE winners) and CAMPUS ROCK IDOLS (Nerverek, Bangalore), among others. Some of them will get to open for the headliners. There will be a commonly priced pass for everyone." As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel — who sat out several dates on the San Francisco Bay Area metal act's European tour due to the death of his father — rejoined his bandmates for the final show of "The Black Crusade" trek Friday night (December 14) in Helsinki, Finland. Check out photos of the performance at HardcoreSounds.Net. For the concerts that MACHINE HEAD played without Demmel, they received assistance from members of "The Black Crusade" tourmates TRIVIUM, ARCH ENEMY and DRAGONFORCE, enabling the group to perform an abbreviated set without canceling a single show. During MACHINE HEAD's December 7, 2007 performance in Zurich, frontman Robb Flynn dedicated the song "Descend the Shades of Night" to everyone who has lost someone important in his/her life, and informed the crowd that MACHINE HEAD had just lost a family member of its own, adding that the song would be played in Phil's father's honor. Demmel reportedly cried while he played the solo to the track, which Flynn had previously described as "an eight-minute elegy on death."
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