Machine Head parting ways with Phil Demmel and Dave McClain following fall tour

Frontman Robb Flynn doesn't "know what the future holds" for the band

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Machine Head, photo by Travis Shinn

    Machine Head will look a lot different once their upcoming fall tour wraps, as frontman Robb Flynn has announced that guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain will part ways with the band.

    The surprise announcement came today (September 28th) via a Facebook Live video in which Flynn admitted that the members have “grown apart as people.”

    “I’ll get right to it,” Flynn began, “Wednesday night, Phil Demmel quit Machine Head. Yesterday afternoon, Dave McClain quit Machine Head, and [bassist] Jared [MacEachern] kinda quit, but didn’t know if he was quitting for sure.”

    He went on to say that the band’s scheduled fall tour, which kicks off October 4th in Sacramento, California, is still going to go on, and that the members “have all agreed to make it a celebration of our music of this era of the band.”

    An emotional Flynn confessed, “We have grown apart as people. Musically, we’ve grown apart. I have held on too tight to the reins of this band, and I have suffocated those guys. I’ve got some rough edges. I’m kind of a barnacle. And those rough edges have given us the success we have, but they’ve also hurt the people around me.”


    He added, “I ask that you respect Phil and Dave’s decision, as I respect their decision. I wanna say that I’m honored and grateful for everything that they’ve contributed to Machine Head, which is a lot — 15 years with Phil, 23 years with Dave.”

    He would go on to say, “It’s the end of an era. I did a lot of crying yesterday, and felt like I got run over by a truck.”

    Flynn said that he doesn’t “know what the future holds” for Machine Head, but added that he spoke with Jared again this morning, and that the bassist had decided to stick around.

    Machine Head’s most recent album, Catharsis, was released in January of this year.

    Machine Head Fall 2018 Tour Dates:
    10/04 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
    10/06 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
    10/08 – Calgary, AB @ Palace Theatre
    10/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
    10/10 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis
    10/12 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
    10/13 – Minot, ND @ The Original
    10/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    10/17 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
    10/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
    10/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman
    10/20 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
    10/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
    10/23 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
    10/24 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
    10/26 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
    10/27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport
    10/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    10/30 – Hartford, CT @ The Webster
    10/31 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount
    11/02 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland
    11/03 – Richmond, VA @ National
    11/04 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
    11/07 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
    11/09 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
    11/10 – Nashville, KY @ Exit In
    11/11 – Charlotte, NC @ Underground
    11/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
    11/14 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
    11/16 – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
    11/17 – Austin, TX @ Emos
    11/18 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
    11/20 – Tucson, AZ @ Club X
    11/21 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
    11/23 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
    11/24 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst

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