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Robb Flynn Offers Insight On New Machine Head Track “Do Or Die”


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Machine Head vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn has offered some insight into what inspired him for the band’s latest single “Do Or Die“. Some of the response to the divisive track has seen Flynn lash out at his haters, which ultimately resulted in an apparently now buried mini-feud with the band Dope.

Speaking through Instagram earlier today (October 16th), Flynn commented of the track:

“If you’re an angry person, then you know what it means when there’s a fury inside you that simmers just below the surface. For me it’s a rage that can fill my mouth (and in the past, my fists) with bile and I’m not satisfied until that bile’s reached its victim.

I, like so many of us, am fucked up in the head. I’ve felt as if the world was against me from the day I was born. My upbringing, like millions of others, was fueled by an uncontrollable rage. So those like me, we learned to put on a happy face for society, a laugh here, a smile there, but deep down that rage never goes away.

That same rage has helped guide me through 33 years in the music business. You don’t last this long in this business being “happy.” Happy is contentment and that’s never been me. You last in the music business due to a hatred inside. A hatred that burns a fire so bright, that it can only be extinguished by music.

It’s made for some beautiful hate filled songs…

However, living with that fire inside comes with consequences.

It is a gift and a curse.

I write songs for a living, but I also write songs to live.

Some people love them and connect with them beyond my wildest dreams, some people hate them and wish they never heard ’em, and that’s okay too.

I’ve taken my lumps, I’m still standing and I’m never going away.

In fact I’m coming back hard as fucking nails.

This is “Do Or Die”.”

Machine Head are presently out touring on the 25th anniversary of their debut album “Burn My Eyes” with returning members Logan Mader (guitar) and Chris Kontos (drums). Two sets are being played each night on this tour, one being a “Burn My Eyes” set with the latter two musicians, while the other is a ‘hits’ set that finds the band joined onstage by Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka (Decapitated) on guitar and Matt Alston (Devilment) on drums.

See below for dates, tickets are available here:

10/15 Munich, GER – Zenith
10/16 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/18 Gdansk, POL – B90
10/19 Warsaw, POL – Progressja
10/20 Budapest, HUN – Baba Negra
10/22 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
10/23 Lyon, FRA – Le Radiant
10/25 Milan, ITA – Live Club
10/26 Padova, ITA – Hall
10/27 Luxembourg, LUX – Expo
10/29 Paris, FRA – Le Trianon
10/31 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
11/02 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
11/04 Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse
11/05 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
11/07 Belfast, IRE – Telegraph Building
11/08 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre

01/16 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
01/18 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
01/20 Dallas, TX – House Of BLues
01/21 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
01/22 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
01/22 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
01/27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
01/28 Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
01/30 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
01/31 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/01 New York City, NY – Webster Hall
02/04 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
02/05 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
02/07 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
02/08 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
02/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
02/11 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
02/12 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
02/14 Detroit, MI – Crofoot
02/15 Chicago, IL – Metro
02/16 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
02/18 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
02/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
02/21 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
02/22 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues

04/19 Zaragoza, SPA – Teatro de las Esquinas
04/21 Santiago de Compostela, SPA – Capitol
04/23 Oporto, POR – Coliseu de Porto
04/24 Lisbon, POR – Coliseu de Lisboa
04/25 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
04/27 Malaga, SPA – Paris 15
04/28 Murcia, SPA – Gamma
04/28 Valencia, SPA – Republicca
05/01 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
05/02 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
05/05 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
05/06 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
05/08 Hannover, GER – Swiss Life Hall
05/09 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
05/10 Bratislava, SLO – Refinery Gallery
05/12 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic Club
05/13 Sofia, BUL – Universiada Hall
05/15 Thessaloniki, GRE – Fix Factory Of Sound
05/16 Athens, GRE – Piraeus Academy
05/20 Kiev, UKR – Stereoplaza
05/22 Moscow, RUS – 1930 Moscow
05/23 St. Petersburg, RUS – A2
05/25 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
05/28 Stockholm, SWE – Fryhuset Arenan
05/29 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
05/30 Aarhus, DEN – Train
06/01 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit 36
06/02 Utrecht, NET – Tivoliredenburg
06/03 Lille, FRA – Aeronef
06/05 London, UK – Alexandra Palace
06/06 Birmingham, UK – Academy

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If you’re an angry person, then you know what it means when there’s a fury inside you that simmers just below the surface. For me it’s a rage that can fill my mouth (and in the past, my fists) with bile and I’m not satisfied until that bile’s reached its victim. ?? ?? I, like so many of us, am fucked up in the head. I've felt as if the world was against me from the day I was born. My upbringing, like millions of others, was fueled by an uncontrollable rage. So those like me, we learned to put on a happy face for society, a laugh here, a smile there, but deep down that rage never goes away.?? ?? That same rage has helped guide me through 33 years in the music business. You don’t last this long in this business being “happy.” Happy is contentment and that’s never been me. You last in the music business due to a hatred inside. A hatred that burns a fire so bright, that it can only be extinguished by music.?? ?? It’s made for some beautiful hate filled songs…?? ?? However, living with that fire inside comes with consequences. ?? ?? It is a gift and a curse.?? ?? I write songs for a living, but I also write songs to live. ?? ?? Some people love them and connect with them beyond my wildest dreams, some people hate them and wish they never heard 'em, and that's okay too. ?? ?? I’ve taken my lumps, I’m still standing and I'm never going away. ?? ?? In fact I’m coming back hard as fucking nails.?? ?? This is “Do Or Die”.

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