Machine Head’s first concert was played 30 years ago – Robb Flynn reminisces

Author Samuel Järvinen - 17.8.2022

Machine Head, a metal band fronted by Robb Flynn, played their first concert on 16th of August 1992. Now Flynn has posted a picture of the concert on social media, accompanied by his memories of the concert.

“30 years ago today Machine Head played our first show at a house party on Woolsey Street in Oakland, CA. 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”, Flynn recalls.

“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.”

Flynn recalls that the set list included the songs “Death Church”, “A Thousand Lies”, “Blood for Blood” and “A Nation on Fire”. The set may also have included “A Rage to Overcome” and “Fuck It All”, which was released on the debut album as “Block”.

Machine Head will release their new record Of Kingdom and Crown on 26th of August.

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