With a devastating line-up that features support from Finnish heavy metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM, Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA, and American melodic death/thrash openers BATTLECROSS, this epic trek launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st.
MACHINE HEAD frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn checks in about the touring line-up and the upcoming shows:
â€œMACHINE HEAD raised the bar with concert production for 2012 â€˜s â€˜Locustâ€™ tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest line-up out there for 2014, PERIOD! This is a MUST SEE event for any heavy metal fan in America! I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in CHILDREN OF BODOM, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in BATTLECROSS, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. EPICAâ€™s symphonic metal will add a touch of much needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. Come out and be a part of history ladies and gentlemen!â€
CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho adds: â€œWeâ€™ve rolled with MACHINE HEAD quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick ass shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think weâ€™ll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non-stop tour cycle for Halo Of Blood!â€œ
â€œWith this killer line-up, this tour is bound to be a great success,â€ states EPICA vocalist Simone Simons. â€œWe will bring EPICA to a whole new level and I can’t wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas.â€ EPICA guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Mark Jansen shares: â€œMACHINE HEAD and CHILDREN OF BODOM are bands I listened to as teenager, so it’s really amazing to be on this tour with EPICA.”
BATTLECROSS guitarist Tony Asta contributes the following: â€œWhat an honor to be asked to join a tour in support of MACHINE HEAD’s first album release on their new label! Weâ€™re really excited to reunite with Robb and the guys, as well as CHILDREN OF BODOM – both legendary bands and friends from last summerâ€™s Mayhem Fest. And weâ€™ll get to see what EPICA is all about. This is a tour with something for every metal head. We canâ€™t wait to bring it brutal throughout the USA and Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast-to-coast. See you in the pit!â€
All tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 AM EST.
10/04/14 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/06/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/04/14 Houston, TX – House of Blues
10/09/14 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/10/14 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/12/14 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10/14/14 Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy
10/15/14 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
10/16/14 New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/17/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium
10/18/14 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/20/14 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
10/21/14 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/22/14 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
10/24/14 Saskatoon, SK – Oâ€™Brians
10/26/14 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
10/28/14 Vancouver, B.C – The Vogue â€“ Vancouver, B.C.
10/29/14 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
10/31/14 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/01/14 Hollywood, CA – Palladium
After their work at Jingletown Recording Studios in Oakland California, MACHINE HEAD are completing work on their eighth full-length studio album at Trident Studios in the San Francisco Bay Area.