Metal Hammer journalist Dom Lawson sat down with MACHINE HEAD bassist Jared MacEachern to talk the impact of the band's classic debut album, "Burn My Eyes", what it's like to play with drummer Chris Kontos and guitarist Logan Mader for the first time, and the excitement of the upcoming "Burn My Eyes" 25th-anniversary tour.
The first leg of MACHINE HEAD's 25th-anniversary tour for "Burn My Eyes" will kick off in Germany on October 5 in Freiburg, and continue across Europe, wrapping in Dublin, Ireland on November 8. The U.S. leg will take place in November and December.
The trek will see MACHINE HEAD's original drummer Kontos and guitarist Mader join the band onstage again to play the album in full.
Building on MACHINE HEAD's "An Evening With…" format, these shows will be a three-hour musical extravaganza, comprised of two parts: Part one will feature a battery of MACHINE HEAD's modern classics, such as "Imperium", "Halo" and "The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears", featuring guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn and MacEachern performing alongside two soon-to-be-announced musicians on guitar and drums. Part two will feature "Burn My Eyes" played in its entirety for the first time ever, with Kontos and Mader joining in.
Kontos left MACHINE HEAD before the release of the band's second album, 1997's "The More Things Change", and was replaced by Dave McClain.
Mader contributed to two MACHINE HEAD albums, the aforementioned "Burn My Eyes" and "The More Things Change", before exiting the group and being replaced by Ahrue Luster and, later on, Phil Demmel.
McClain and Demmel both left MACHINE HEAD last fall.