Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD played his first-ever solo acoustic show last night (Monday, January 21) at On The Rox in Hollywood, California. The performance was part of a five-concert solo run around Flynn's appearance at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which is being held January 25-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
Commented Flynn: "I did the full 10-day master cleanse back in May 2011 during the recording of 'Unto The Locust'. I sang most of the vocal tracks and played a lot of the guitar tracks while on The Cleanse. It was great, put me in a good headspace. I only managed a disappointing three-day last year, but I wasn't sober.
"As part of my rehab, I've booked some small acoustic shows at clubs and bars along the way down to L.A. for NAMM. Just me and my tech Scott driving all over California in my 4-Runner, trying to... I dunno... trying to get lost, I guess. Half cover songs, half MACHINE HEAD tunes, all done acoustic, no setlist, making it up as I go. I played last night in Hollywood and it was really, really cool. Had a blast, told stories, laughed, it got pretty heavy at times, hung with some great people, it was therapeutic as fuck.
"I need to do this. I need to challenge myself, I need to go out there and play some shows, get out of my comfort zone and shake myself up, be alone, on my own. I'm not happy right now, I need to figure this shit out, I need it find that fire again, inspiration, or, I don't know even what I'm searching for, something, and I feel like this might help me find a part of it. It's the most excited I've been about something in a long while."
The setlist for last night's performance was as follows:
01. Die Young (BLACK SABBATH cover)
02. Now I Lay Thee Down
03. Sunshine (ALICE IN CHAINS cover)
04. Descend The Shades Of Night
05. Aerials (SYSTEM OF A DOWN cover)
06. The Burning Red
07. Everlong (FOO FIGHTERS cover)
08. Davidian *
09. Darkness Within (acoustic)
* with fan on vocals
Jan. 23 - Riverside, CA - Mission Tobacco Lounge
Jan. 24 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Jan. 25 - Anaheim, CA - NAMM
Jan. 26 - Fullerton, CA - The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen
Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral