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Machine Head Settle Lawsuit with Former Bassist Adam Duce

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Allow me to take a moment to remind you all of how smart I am: when former bassist Adam Duce filed a lawsuit against Machine Head back in Januaray, I predicted that the suit would ultimately be settled out of court, and that fans, consequently, would “never really learn the specifics” of the settlement.

So hey guess what happened after we took off for the Fourth last week? From Machine Head’s Facebook page:

“A $1.8 million dollar litigation suit filed against heavy metal recording artist Machine Head, manager Joseph Huston, record label Nuclear Blast, and current-bassist Jared MacEachern by former-Machine Head bassist Adam Duce was settled yesterday in San Francisco, CA. The terms of the deal will remain confidential but both sides were able to reach a satisfactory agreement.

“All claims in the dispute have been dropped against all parties named including but not limited to the $800,000 dollar suit against the band for breach of fiduciary duty and interference with prospective economic advantage, as well as the bizarre $1,000,000 dollar defamation suit against singer / guitarist Robb Flynn regarding a blog the guitarist posted.

“It was mediated by Gail Migdal Title, with the litigation team for Machine Head handled by Kari Keidser, Dawn Coulson and Randall Rich of Epps & Coulson, along with long-time Machine Head entertainment lawyer Scott Harrington.

“Machine Head will hit the road in the U.S. July 8th with Anti Mortem on the Killers & Kings tour, and will release their as-yet untitled 8th album (their first with new-bassist Jared MacEachern) in November.”

To be honest, the most surprising part of this, in my opinion, is referring to the defamation suit against Flynn as “bizarre” — not because it wasn’t bizarre, but because, y’know, it’s kind of an insult to Duce to call it “bizarre,” and this whole thing started with Flynn publicly insulting Duce in the first place. Maybe the terms of the settlement allow Flynn to call Duce whatever he wants. Who knows.

ANYWAY, glad this is over so that Machine Head can just concentrate on being the best Machine Head they can be. Get all their upcoming tour dates here.

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