Machine Head announce split [UPDATED]

Front man Robb Flynn has announced via a Facebook video that the band has essentially split up.

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

It seems that Flynn acknowledges that it may be his doing.

“I have held on too tight to the reigns of this band,” explains Flynn. “And I have suffocated those guys. I got some rough edges, I’m kind of a barnacle, and you know, those rough edges have given us the success we have, but they’ve also hurt the people around me. I’ve got a lot of drive, but I’ve got a lot of anger and rage, and that drive of mine has alienated folks and the band. I ask that you respect Phil and Dave’s decision, as I respect their decision.”

Back in August, the bands guitarist Phil Demmel tweeted “Thanks to all who inquire, but I’m not allowed to do press for Machine Head. Please contact Mgmt.”

Could  this possibly be down to frontman Flynns tight reigns?


It has since been cleared up that this is not the end of the band, just this iteration of ‘Machine Head’

To clarify: this is the Farewell Tour of this line-up of Machine Head, not the Farewell Tour of Machine Head, as has been reported in the media.

You can read the full statement here.


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