Holy shit, it’s already August!?!?! Hopefully this finds each and every one of you well.
I was perusing the internet the other day looking for YouTube clips on "Spiritual Science," a topic that was recently introduced to me by Nick Schendzielos, the ridiculously talented bass player of Job For A Cowboy. In addition to being a rad bass player and all around rad dude, he's also a compelling speaker, I swear this dude was holding court with 5 people, in a dimly lit parking lot in Scranton, PA having a discussion about cell biology, energy vs. matter, and the basis of an audiobook called ‘The Biology Of Belief,’ that had all of us captivated... Yeah, like uh, fuckin' really...!!? Dude can talk!! And it was all cool shit to hear, shit I needed to hear.
Anyway, I've been listening to this audiobook and a bunch of stuff he loaded onto a memory stick (sorry, I still have it Nick!), and it's kind of got me interested in the subject. I found a couple of interesting clips online, about Sacred Geometry and the Fibonacci Sequence, but then I stumbled on to some Joe Rogan Podcasts, which I've always found interesting, but don't listen to on a regular basis. Actually I don’t really listen to any Podcast on a regular basis for that matter.
I don't really know much about Joe Rogan other than he was a commentator for UFC for a while and a host on a now-defunct TV show called Fear Factor, but this dude is so on-point about so much shit I really, have started to dig him a lot. His views on weed, DMT, the 9-11 Tower 7 conspiracy, the JFK Conspiracy, and just his overall views on life are pretty fuckin’ awesome. One of the best Podcasts he did was with the dude who does the Zietgiest movies Peter Joseph, which to me are a set of movies that every human being on earth should watch. They're amazing!!
I was first introduced to them by someone from Machine Head's long-running message board The Frontlines, and I love them. LOVE THEM! Really inspiring stuff, and I've re-watched all of them several times.
Someone did a mash up of a NASA Scientist and Joe Rogan on YouTube that was just cool-as-shit so I decided to share it.
Joe Rogan - Re-Think Your Life:
Joe Rogan / NASA scientist: We're Living In The Matrix:
Joe Rogan with "Zetigeist's" Peter Joseph:
ZEITGEIST THE MOVIE - MOVING FORWARD:
In the last Journal, I talked at length about our staging for the tour and a little of the ins and outs of what went into making all of that happen. I’d like to switch gears a bit to discuss another important aspect of the touring game, merch. Machine Head’s new line of merchandise saw record sales during this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, posting double the total sales of our last two Mayhem Festival appearances combined, and making us the #3 band overall in total merch sales after Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch. "AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!!"
The appeal of the new merch line wasn’t limited to a handful of items either, with every single new design inhabiting the “top seller” spot at some point, which, I gotta tell ya, is an especially rare fucking occurrence, when you consider that for pretty much every band out there, the biggest shirt is consistently the traditional “tour dates” shirts, they usually strongly outsell other available designs. It’s almost a no-brainer when it comes to concert merchandise.
How or why did this happen? Well, we had an all new, fresh line of merch this year, and with the help of Ted Mattes at Global Merchandise and our bad-fucking-ass art team of Eric Johnson and Rafal Wechtoriwicz, we came up with some of the best designs of our career. These designs were something I fully believed in before a single date was even played so to have it come to fruition with such a positive response? What can I say??? Juiced!!
We focused the art on the new, evolved Lion Crest design and an all-new Tarot Card set (Death, The Devil, and The High Priestess) and we are going to continue to expand on the Tarot Card theme going into the new record, it's got so much depth to it. The often conflicting meaning of them (Death = Change, not dying; for example) is really firing our creative juices. All good shit!!!
For those curious, the top 5 cities in total sales were Chicago, Denver, Albuquerque, Detroit and Mountain View, with Chicago selling more in one day than the previous 3 shows combined! CHI-CA-GO, the Metal and now merch capitol of the US? FUCK YEAH!!!
I also think, it's a testament to our amazing, AMAZING, fan base going out there and standing behind us! It has to be! We’re out there obviously promoting the band, but were also out there for OUR people! These are the people that support us in the theaters, clubs, and venues time and time again. It always feels good to have our supporters come out to a multi-band thing like Mayhem and REPRESENT! Walking around and seeing people wearing their Machine Head gear is not only awesome, but something we do not take for granted. That pride is something we feed off of!
These shows were so fucking life-affirming it was something incredible to behold. This year was also the first year where we didn't do a signing to sell merch or CD's at our merch tent, or the Rockstar tent, (almost all bands still did) which makes the fact that we doubled sales and came in #3 even more impressive. HEAD CA-SES, FUCK YEAH!!
And Mayhem, fuck, what can I say, it was fucking amazing, such a well-run, organized, cool, fun, tour do to it's almost hard to believe. Great catering, great vibe from head-honcho John Reese down to the he girls who run the show Keri Lee and Co., everyone pulls together, everyone wins. I can't tell you how much I needed this tour, and honestly, at first I was a little down on it, it was interrupting the writing cycle, I thought it might be better to just stay home and write.
Nah man, I needed to get out of the headspace I was in, needed to get out here and be a band again, needed to gel with Jared, to stand on the stage and remember, "oh yeah, we're really fucking good at this", needed to remember "oh yeah, I'M really good at this", to see what's happening in America, to challenge ourselves by mixing up the sets every night, to bring back songs like "From This Day" for the first time in 5 years, opening with "Bulldozer" for the first time in years, opening with "Davidian" for the first time in years, mixing up the routine, getting to watch Rob Zombie's ridiculously amazing show every night...
Nah man, the record is only going to BETTER because we went out on Mayhem. It will be a stronger, more powerful, more confident record because of it.
There's no doubt in my mind.
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