Machine Head wrapped up the Freaks & Zeroes tour with 3 final shows in California featuring the longtime current line-up. After 23 years with Dave McClain pounding the skins at the drum throne, and 15 years with Phil Demmel shredding the guitar on stage right, both members have decided to move on from Machine Head and open a new chapter in their lives. This tour was a celebration of the music that the line-up have created throughout the years. The split is amicable, and the guys played this tour for the Head Cases of North America, ending this era on a positive and classy note.
Southern California was treated to two special shows bookending the Thanksgiving holiday. Fans travelled from as far as Europe to give thanks to Dave and Phil for all of the years of incredible music and inspiring live performances. On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Machine Head returned to San Diego after a decade away, and was thankful to find such a passionate fan base waiting there. Two fans passion was so intense, they engaged in sexual intercourse right on the rail during “Davidian”, earning them a premature exit from the House of Blues San Diego. Robb Flynn showed more staying power, leading Dave, Phil and bassist Jared MacEachern through 2-½ straight hours of intensity. The band was thankful for a crowd that kept giving back energy and love. Flynn thanked everyone for getting off the couch, ignoring their screens, and living their life out in the world.
On Friday, November 23, 2018, the party moved to the brand new House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The show was just as good, but even bigger. With a bigger building, that meant a bigger circle pit, and even more energy. Machine Head responded with a show exceeding 3 hours in length, throwing in covers from Iron Maiden, AC-DC, Metallica and Alice In Chains. The emotions were running high, and the farewell tour was an opportunity to share the ending of an historic chapter in the Machine Head timeline. Robb Flynn took some time to appreciate all that Phil and Dave have brought to the band. He introduced “Darkness Within” by sharing his understanding with the fans that heavy metal accepts all of us, no matter what we look like or believe in, and provides us the outlet to let all of the demons out before they destroy us. Heavy metal is truly cathartic, and Machine Head delivers it as well as anyone.
Pictures from Machine Head at House of Blues San Diego on November 21, 2018.