MACHINE HEAD has announced the first leg of its 25th-anniversary tour for the band's classic debut, "Burn My Eyes". The dates 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 be announced in due course; those dates are set for November into December as the tour makes its way around the globe.
Building on MACHINE HEAD's wildly popular "An Evening With…" format, these not-to-be-missed 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 frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing alongside two, soon-to-be-announced ragers on guitar and drums. Part two 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 and MACHINE HEAD's original drummer Chris Kontos and original guitarist Logan Mader.
Band founder and visionary Robb Flynn says: "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!"
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 'Burn My Eyes' 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!"
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 'Burn My Eyes' 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!”
MacEachearn is equally looking forward to the run, saying: "It's not every day 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 10 a.m. local time on Friday, March 29, with pre-sale going live at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 28.
European tour dates:
Oct. 05 - Germany, Freiburg Sick Arena Musikclub
Oct. 07 - Holland, Tilburg 013
Oct. 09 - Denmark, Copenhagen Amager Bio
Oct. 11 - Germany, Wuerzburg Posthalle
Oct. 12 - Germany, Leipzig Haus Auensee
Oct. 14 - Germany, Bochum Ruhr Congress
Oct. 15 - Germany, Munich Zenith
Oct. 16 - Austria, Vienna Gasometer
Oct. 18 - Poland, Gdansk B90
Oct. 19 - Poland, Warsaw Progressja
Oct. 20 - Hungary, Budapest Baba Negra
Oct. 22 - Switzerland, Zurich Komplex
Oct. 23 - France, Lyon Le Radiant
Oct. 25 - Italy, Milan Live Club
Oct. 26 - Italy, Padova Hall
Oct. 27 - Luxembourg, Lux Expo
Oct. 29 - France, Paris Le Trianon
Oct. 31 - Belgium, Brussels Forest National
Nov. 02 - UK, London O2 Academy Brixton
Nov. 04 - UK, Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
Nov. 05 - UK, Glasgow O2 Academy
Nov. 07 - UK, Belfast Telegraph Building
Nov. 08 - Ireland, Dublin Olympia Theatre