Machine Head Announce “Catharsis” World Tour For 2018

Since we’ve been doing some tour announcements for the late Fall and Winter, why not continue the process and get those events that will be launching in the new 2018 year. We recently received some news about the mighty Machine Head who will be doing a headlining tour for the “Catharsis” album so check it out below. I’ll close with some added editorial of course.

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The Press Release:
MACHINE HEAD announce North American tour for upcoming album! San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD, have announced the first U.S. tour dates of their world tour in support of their upcoming album, Catharsis.

Vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn adds, “It’s been far too long since we’ve demolished venues in America, we have had an awesome and productive break writing our new album Catharsis, but now it’s time for MACHINE HEAD to go melt some faces! The reaction to our last “Evening With” tours in America were nothing short of incredible, so once again these dates will be “Evening With” and will see us performing 2 1/2 to 3 hours every night with no opening bands.

“We LOVED performing as an Evening With for you Head Cases, and you guys loved it as well, the freedom to do whatever the fuck we wanted for as long as we wanted every night was liberating. It’s not what everyone else is doing, and frankly, there are not a lot of bands who could even pull it off, but MACHINE HEAD CAN pull it off, and we are excited as fuck to do it again. We are carving our own path here, playing by our own rules, and as an artist, it’s the best feeling in the world!” No festivals period, no 45 minute slots, no supporting some stupid DJ, no parking lots in a rain storm, The Head will only be “Headlining”, so come on down and rage!!”

MACHINE HEAD recently wrapped up recording their 9th full-length album with Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. An official release date has yet to be confirmed, but a Jan. 2018 release is expected. More details to follow shortly.

MACHINE HEAD will also be offering an extremely limited number of VIP Packages in 2 tiers.

Gold VIP Tour Package:
One (1) General Admission Ticket, Meet and Greet w/ Machine Head, Group Photo w/ Machine Head, Exclusive Meet and Greet Shirt, Machine Head Flag, Souvenir Laminate w/ Lanyard and Early Entry

Platinum “Soundcheck” Package:
One (1) General Admission Ticket, Soundcheck Viewing, Meet and Greet w/ Machine Head, Group Photo w/ Machine Head, Exclusive Meet and Greet Shirt, Machine Head Flag, Souvenir Laminate w/ Lanyard and Early Entry

The Tour Dates:
25-Jan: Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
27-Jan: Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
29-Jan: San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
30-Jan: Dallas, TX – Gas Moneky Live!
31-Jan: Houston,TX – HOB
02-Feb: Birmingham, AL – Saturn
03-Feb: Pensacola, FL – Vinyl MH
05-Feb: Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
06-Feb: Atlanta, GA – Centerstage
08-Feb: Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
09-Feb: New York, NY – Playstation Theater
10-Feb: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11-Feb: Montreal, QC – Club Soda
13-Feb: Toronto, ON – Danforth MH
14-Feb: Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
15-Feb: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
16-Feb: Cleveland, OH – Agora
17-Feb: Detroit, MI – Majestic
20-Feb: Des Moines, IA – Woolys
21-Feb: Madison, WI – Majestic
22-Feb: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
23-Feb: Chicago, IL – Concord MH
24-Feb: Saint Louis, MO – Pops
27-Feb: Denver, CO – Summit MH
01-Mar: Las Vegas, NV – HOB
02-Mar: Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
03-Mar: Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
05-Mar: Portland, OR – Roseland
06-Mar: Vancouver, BC – Commodore
07-Mar: Seattle, WA – Showbox Market

MACHINE HEAD wrapped up the touring cycle for their first Nuclear Blast Entertainment album Bloodstone & Diamonds in March 2016 with a whopping 283 concerts on 5 different continents around the world. Around 250 of those shows were performed as “An Evening With MACHINE HEAD” with no support bands and performances often lasting 2 1/2 to 3 hours in duration, much to their fans (called “Head Cases”) delight.

Three tours of the United States (with many dates sold out in advance), three tours of The U.K. / Europe, (including multiple dates in Russia and Greece), shows in Mexico and South America, a completely sold out run of 9 Australian / New Zealand shows, sold out dates in Japan, plus their first ever plays in Taiwan and Thailand, and all without any festival performances which the band publicly announced they would stop performing at in 2014.

Bloodstone & Diamonds debuted at #21 on the U.S. Billboard charts and has gone on to sell 285,000 copies worldwide.

MACHINE HEAD’s latest track “Is There Anybody Out There?” released as a stand-alone, digital-only, non-album release became their #2 most streamed song ever on Spotify with 9 million streams in less than a year, and cracked the Top 40 on the Active Rock chart in the United States. It marks the first time for any Nuclear Blast artist to enter what is widely considered to be the “official rock chart” for the United States, and is significant considering there was no physical track sent to retail. Their controversial video for opening track “Now We Die” is at over 2 million views and can be seen below:
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: It’s been far too long since we’ve gotten to see the band Machine Head here at the Metal Command HQ and it’s not a matter of disinterest and instead more of a scheduling thing. With a city like NYC you cannot be everywhere so I am making down our own regional show at the PST so I can hopefully be a part of the mayhem. Times Square doesn’t know what its in for with this one. What about you readers? What do you think of this returning headlining tour? Will you participate? Tell me down in the comments section below.

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