Robb Flynn Recalls First Show Of Machine Head Made Him Emotional

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Robb Flynn Recalls First Show Of Machine Head Made Him Emotional
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Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn recently shared a post from his official Instagram account. Recalling to the band’s early days, Robb shared his memories of the house party they had 30 years ago.

Machine Head is an American heavy metal band formed in the early 90s by Robb Flynn. The band, which attracted attention with its aggressive style, became one of the pioneers of the new wave of American heavy metal in the 90s.

With the release of their sixth studio album, Machine Head gradually shifted from the heavy metal sound to the thrash metal sound. Machine Head, which used a lot of different sounds in their work to date, has released nine studios, two live, and one video album to date.

During this period, the only name that appeared on all of the band’s albums was the founder of the band, Robb Flynn. The California-born 55-year-old vocalist has cited Black Sabbath as his biggest inspiration.

Anyway, Robb Flynn, who regularly interacts with fans on his social media accounts, mentioned the first performance of the band 30 years ago in his last post on Instagram.

“30 years ago today Machine Head played our first show at a house party on Woolsey Street in Oakland, CA,” he recalled. “House party, Isn’t really the right word, our friend / man-of-many-hats Mike Scum was getting evicted, so as a fuck you to his landlord it was a ‘destroy-the-house-party’ with Machine Head as the soundtrack.

“House parties and kegger parties weren’t anything new to me at this point. Back when I was in Forbidden all the early shows we ever played were backyard parties, living room parties, community centers, VFW halls. There was always an insane vibe doing shows like that, and I wanted to recreate that feeling, especially since a couple of my guys were green AF and playing their very first shows ever. It was Tony Costanza on drums, Logan Mader on guitar, Adam Duce on bass.

“Can’t remember the order, but set list would’ve been “death church”, “a thousand lies”, “blood for blood”, “nation on fire” maybe “rage to overcome”(?), “fuck it all”, and Cro Mags “hard times”, possibly Poison Idea “Alan’s on fire”. “Davidian” wouldn’t be written for almost another year.”

The Police Raided Machine Head’s Party

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As everyone knows, rock bands used to throw the craziest parties in the 90s. When Machine Head was performing at one of these parties, the police showed themselves. And according to Robb, he didn’t give the cops a pass.

“Across the street from Mike was an infamous punk rock house, called The Woolsey House, and all of them came over and gleefully took part in the destruction,” he continued. “Many a hammer was punched into the walls. We bought several kegs, and raged HARD. When the police eventually came, I proudly walked up to his glass front door sporting my “fuck the police“ shirt, and refused to let them in since they didn’t have the authority to enter.

“It was a hell of a way to start this journey all that time ago…”

In the continuation of his words, Robb talks about the band’s upcoming album and thanks the fans who are still with them after all these years.

“Kinda blown away that I’m about to drop a new album in 2 weeks, and that anybody still gives a shit about the band.

“If your still here all these decades later… thank you from the bottom of my blackened heart for going on this wild ride with me.

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