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Here are Those “Evening With” Machine Head 2015 Tour Dates Robb Flynn Teased Last Week


Machine Head Tour 2015The crapola hit the fan when Machine Head canceled their planned tour with Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross earlier this fall. Robb Flynn tried to make light of the situation by playfully trolling Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho, but allegedly all the bands involved were pretty pissed anyway. Which makes plenty of sense: coming from Europe, Children of Bodom and Epica had already spent a considerable amount of money on flights, visas and gear rental, but even for Battlecross (and the other two bands as well) the cancelation wrecked their entire fall plans. By the time the cancelation came in it was too late to set anything else up, and they were all stuck holding onto their schmeckles at home.

So now Robb Flynn is saying “to hell with support acts! We’ll do this darned thing on on our own.” And so, as Flynn teased last week in a General Journal blog entry, Machine Head will embark upon a tour all by themselves this winter. “We are really excited about the idea, playing longer sets, throwing in some deep cuts, and just having our own world,” offers the General himself. “Promoters in the US seem really stoked about it, some have said it feels like ‘an event’.”

It’s a ballsy move for sure. In recent memory the only bands I can think of who have pulled it off are Dream Theater (who have been doing it for years) and Amon Amarth, although I’m sure I’m forgetting some. But if anyone can do it it’s Machine Head: they’ve been around for long enough to have amassed a loyal following, and they’ve certainly got the catalog to draw from. The venues they’re playing are smaller (for instance, last time Machine Head headlined NYC they played Best Buy Theater, 2,100 cap, now they’ll be at Irving Plaza, 1,050 cap) so they shouldn’t have any problem selling these out.

VIP packages are available here. Dates:

1/16/2014 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
1/18/2014 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
1/20/2015 Austin, TX – Red 7
1/21/2015 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
1/22/2015 Houston,TX – Fitzgeralds
1/23/2015 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
1/25/2015 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
1/26/2015 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
1/28/2015 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
1/29/2015 Philadelphia. PA – Underground Arts
1/30/2015 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
1/31/2015 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
2/3/2015 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
2/4/2015 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater
2/5/2015 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
2/7/2015 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
2/8/2015 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
2/9/2015 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
2/10/2015 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
2/11/2015 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
2/12/2015 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
2/13/2015 Minneapolis/ St Paul, MN – Mill City Nights
2/14/2015 St Louis, MO – Fubar
2/15/2015 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
2/17/2015 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
2/19/2015 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/21/2015 San Francisco, CA – Regency Center Grand Ballroom
2/24/2015 Seattle, WA – Neumos
2/25/2015 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
2/27/2015 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
2/28/2015 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
3/1/2015 Saskatoon, SK – Obrian’s Event Centre
3/2/2015 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
3/4/2015 Minot, ND – The Original
3/6/2015 Missoula, MT – Stage 112
3/7/2015 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the capacity of Best Buy Theater is 3,500. 

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