San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will embark on a North American headlining tour in January. The trek will feature no support bands — just a crushing two-hour set of "pure fucking MACHINE HEAD," according to a press release.
Says MACHINE HEAD guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn: "We're doing 'An Evening With' MACHINE HEAD. Meaning it'll just be us, folks.
"We are really excited about the idea, playing longer sets, throwing in some deep cuts, and just having our own world.
"Promoters in the U.S. seem really stoked about it. Some have said it feels like 'an event.'"
In regards to the band’s decision to only headline for this touring cycle and no longer play festivals, Flynn said: "We’re not trying to have a good time with a bunch of people who don't know who we are.
"If MACHINE HEAD throws a party, big or small, we don't want a bunch of 'strangers' there. This is about us and you guys, the die-hards! The Fucking Undesirables! We don't care about the others out there. We're here and we're not going anywhere. If those people want to be a part of this, they know where to find us. So for the time being, and maybe 'forever,' we're done reaching out for them."
V.I.P. ticket packages are now on sale at machinehead.soundrink.com. Packages include a meet-and-greet with the band, group photo with MACHINE HEAD, poster, flag, laminate, and MACHINE HEAD koozie. In addition, everyone that purchases the VIP experience will be entered in a drawing to win an autographed "Bloodstone & Diamonds" electric guitar.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jan. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
Jan. 18 - Farmington, NM - Top Deck
Jan. 20 - Austin, TX - Red 7
Jan. 21 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
Jan. 22 - Houston,TX - Fitzgeralds
Jan. 23 - New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Jan. 25 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Jan. 26 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Jan. 28 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
Jan. 29 - Philadelphia. PA - Underground Arts
Jan. 30 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Jan. 31 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Feb. 03 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theater
Feb. 04 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theater
Feb. 05 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Feb. 07 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls
Feb. 08 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Feb. 09 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
Feb. 10 - Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Feb. 11 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
Feb. 12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
Feb. 13 - Minneapolis/St Paul, MN - Mill City Nights
Feb. 14 - St Louis, MO - Fubar
Feb. 15 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
Feb. 17 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Feb. 19 - Las Vegas, NV - Vinyl / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Feb. 21 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center Grand Ballroom
Feb. 24 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Feb. 25 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
Feb. 27 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
Feb. 28 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Mar. 01 - Saskatoon, SK - Obrian's Event Centre
Mar. 02 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
Mar. 04 - Minot, ND - The Original
Mar. 06 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112
Mar. 07 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
MACHINE HEAD's new album,"Bloodstone & Diamonds", will be released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi.