As I mentioned a few journals ago, I took up photography back in January of this year. Well not really "took it up" as I've always been interested in it, but I guess it’s when I got my first "real" camera. Even though I'm still in "auto mode" (if you want to check a "real" musician-photographer, check out Randy Blythe's Instagram... A-MA-ZING!?) http://instagram.com/drandallblythe
I kept telling myself I was going to take photos of the other bands, but I just never did, and after our set I'd sit in our bus decompressing from the 35-minute, 1,000 mile-an-hour ride I just had, and I'd watch the crew break down the stages. It was often jaw-dropping to watch. These guys worked grueling 12- and 14-hour days, often in the 104-degree heat, in dirty, dusty parking lots and gravel fields, then get some catering and then take their sweaty, dusty selves over to wait in line for a shower (sometimes for 90 minutes) or sometimes, just shower in the parking lot with soap and 10 cans of Rockstar water!
It's a rough gig, and these guys do it, day in, day out, a lot of them became our friends along the way, and without them, the awesome show that you just watched us play on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival would NOT in ANY WAY have been possible. These guys deserve massive thanks for the hard work they did and will continue to do. I tried to get everyone I could, but inevitably I missed a few, so for the people that aren't included in here, I want to say "thank you for everything you did to make this fucking amazing tour happen".
I made a YouTube clip of my photos with help of one of our video guys, Scott Kirkeeng.
Ladies and Gentlemen, these are the men and women of Mayhem who made it roll, so that we could rock.
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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It’s 5 AM and we’re headed to Moody Deer Lake in Kentucky for a day off! Not just a boring sit-in-a-parking-lot day off, this one will be filled with ski boats, Sea Doos, and our friend John is renting a Pontoon boat. We'll be tubing, hopefully wakeboarding, swimming, and drinking beer all day, and MAN, I can't wait!! I love summer for this type of shit, and be able to do this while on tour is not just really cool, but to me, special as well.
As for the beer I'll be drinking while on the lake, I myself will be drinking gluten-free beer, as I have been eating gluten-free for the last 2 months. I had been getting a lot of inflammation/sore joints and even though I ate a lot of sprouted breads and brown rice pastas before, it's one of the few thing I had never tried to see if it had any effect. Not sure how good it's working, but it feels good to eat less gluten, a lot of meat and salads, and getting carbs from fruit, honey, black beans, and brown rice. It's good to switch it up and break food habits.
I found a couple of gluten-free beers that are really good actually, it takes some effort to find them, but they’re definitely out there. I tend to enjoy Blue Moon-style beers, and love the orange or lemon added in them. One gluten-free brewer called New Planet has a "Tread Lightly Ale" and a "Blonde Ale" that are awesome, I found another brewer called New Grist out of Milwaukee that make a damn good beer, and when I was in Cleveland the other day (at our ridiculously amazing off-date with Mastodon), I tried a gluten-free Strawberry Blonde Ale from Dogfish Brewing Company that was fucking GREAT!
I believe the one thing that makes it gluten-free is it's brewed with something other than "wheat", tried some of the ones brewed with sorghum grass, (not too sure about those ?!), but these other beers are surprisingly good, and bizarrely, even if I drink a shit-ton, I don't get a hangover/headache the next day, BONUS!
Another thing I'm looking forward to about the lake is that we will have a full on chef manning the BBQ for us. Jagermeister is one of the sponsors of Mayhem and they’ve partnered up with Chris Santos the judge from the Food Network show "Chopped" to make a line of Jager based sauces, he is a HUGE metalhead/Machine Head fan and has been out on the tour for the last week making the most insanely amazing food. Seriously, the best ribs I've ever had, and these god damn mini-burgers called "sliders" with a "bacon-jam" that are TO-DIE-FOR. I think pretty much everyone is very freakin stoked to have him around on the tour, and to top it all off he's a super cool dude.
This Mayhem run has been fucking ridiculous. Shows have been so freakin good. We played Chicago 2 nights ago, and it was just absolute chaos. Chicago is always a great city for MH but this was just plain retarded, they are fast becoming the Metal Capital of the United States! Last night was Detroit who were some bad mother-truckers and definitely keen to hold onto their "Rock City" title, they now hold the record for most circle pits of the entire tour, with 6 massive pits, including one behind the sound desk!! Gotta mention Hartford, Connecticut which was insane, as was freakin' Noblesville, Indiana... holy mackerel, bat-shit-crazy!!!
All the bands are really good out here, and I've caught every single band on the tour so far, and there is something good I could say about every one of them, but if there was a "hot band", the "hot band of the tour award" goes to Motionless In White. Good band, kinda Bleeding Through meets Marilyn Manson, fast with heavy breakdowns, but with singy bits, rock parts and melodic keyboards that add a New Wave feel to it. Gothy image, lots of make-up, but so over-the-top it's cool.
For main stage though, I'm crazy about Rob Zombie, I could watch this show every day. Much to the chagrin of a few of my bandmasters I’ve never been a KISS fan, but it's like the new KISS. Seriously, this show is just so god damn cool and on so many different levels it's ridiculous! I mean from the stage outfits, to the visuals, to the opening sequence with the weird masks, costume changes, robot monsters, giant devils, giant boom-boxes, break-dancers in skeleton outfits, it’s just got so much going on. The first time I watched it, when he put up "Ultraman" clips on the video screens in "More Human Than Human" I just about shit myself. As a HUGE Ultraman NERD when I was a kid, (collecting all the action figures and books, posters, etc.), to see that in a metal show...I was like "wow, Rob Zombie really is the coolest motherfucker on earth!" Let’s be honest here, who the fuck puts Ultraman clips on their video screen? NO ONE... no one except Zombie.
About 6 months ago our babysitter played Rob Zombie for my youngest son Wyatt (who's now 6 1/2) both him and my oldest Zander (who just turned 9) dig it, but Wyatt in particular got really into it. Neither myself or Genevra knew this though, so when Wyatt came up to me one day and said "dada, can I hear the song that goes "hey yeah, I'm the one blah blah blah blah" I was like "Huh?" Is that Zombie? I hadn't played it for him so it took me a second, but soon enough I pulled it up on Spotify and he was rocking out to it, a few days later I asked him if he wanted to see the video for "Dragula," he watched it, and MAN, it was like a lightbulb went off in his head. He FLIPPED OUT, I mean, he went C-R-A-Z-Y, it was the coolest thing he'd ever seen, I've never seen him flip out over a band like that, now he's doing all the moves, and the headbang, and the hands and faces, it was AWESOME!
So as the tour got closer I told him "you know dada is playing with Rob Zombie, do you wanna watch the show?" He was all over it. My wife asked me to do some recon the day before the Bay Area show in LA to make sure the shows wasn't too crazy / inapproriate, and after watching it, I decided we'd skip Wyatt and Zander seeing the opening song "Teenage Nosferatu Pussy" which flashes in giant letters the word "PUSSY" across the screen 20 times, (LOL!), but after that it was all good. So there we are, Genevra, Zander, Wyatt and me, all watching Zombie at the Mountain View show, the kids first rock concert (that they really wanted to see) singing along, throwing horns, head-banging like, well, kids, it was awesome, really really cool.
I can almost guarantee this is not what every American family does (and from time to time, why the hell not?), but that's what our family was doing, and it was perfect. This is life, not everything is going to go the way you want, when you want it. I feel the sooner you realize that the better, but you have to find your times of peace and yeah, perfection whenever possible. For some it’s when the day is done gathered at the dinner table, for others it might be at a church of some kind, but for the Heavy Metal family Flynn? We found it amongst the masks, costumes, monsters, giant devils, boom-boxes, break-dancers...
And yes... Ultraman!
I'm going to be 46 this Friday.
Born under a bad moon on July 19th, 1967.
Where the hell does the time go!?
I'll tell you where. It goes into a whole lotta rockin'! We’re talking about an entire lifetime of playing metal for a living. Since I was 16 years old I've been playing some heavy ass music, damn near 30 years now and I tell you what…I may look a little bit older, I may crawl outta bed a little bit slower, but I'm out here killing this shit!! Giving kids half my age a run for their money and just plain KILLING IT! Let's see how many of these kids are still around when they get to my age? Will they still be playing heavy? Will they still be in it for life? Will they still love it? Will they stick it out through all the up’s and downs 30 years into it? Will they still be in it for the thrill? And above all, will they still able to make 5,000 to 10,000 people lose their fucking minds night in, night out?
It's been fun getting here and I'm feeling really good right now. 46 years old...? Nah... 46 years young motherfucker!
Out here on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour there is a guy named Ari (short for Aristotle) who's the soundman / tour manager for Job For A Cowboy and who's also a trainer. Dude is super cool, (as are all the JFAC dudes), and JFAC brought a shit ton of weights, dumbells, kettle-bells, bench press, and have been WAY nice about letting other people use it. Seriously, these guys have more weightlifting gear in their trailer than music gear, LOL! They've named their "gym" the "Globo Gym" after the Ben Stiller / Vince Vaughn movie "Dodgeball". Hella funny. I haven't hit the weights hard in years, and this Ari dude has such a positive vibe, he's really inspired me to get outta my rut.
Sure, I been running for a few years, push-ups, pull-ups, but hitting the weights...? Man, been a while. It feels good, really good. I wake up, lay around for a few minutes, then jump outta bed, throw my workout clothes on, and join them in the hot, humid sun. No breakfast, no coffee, just get out there and do it. If I start fartin' around with coffee and internet and all that shit I just lose all motivation, and anyway, it supposedly burns more calories with no food in your stomach.
Yes, being in a band keeps you young.
Thom Yorke from Radiohead went on a big rant about the evils of Spotify the other day. It was so random and out of the blue it was a total WTF? It's funny how Spotify has come to represent the bad thing for (it seems) older people... er uh, people my age *ahem*.
In fact I was talking to a buddy out here on Mayhem the other day, and he was telling me about a bands new record I should check out, and I was like "oh yeah, thanks for the reminder, I'll have to Spotify that," and he gave me a little shit like "oh man, you gotta go and 'buy' that shit," and I was like, " I AM buying it, I got Spotify Premium, they're getting money off my stream and if I love it, I'll most likely buy it on iTunes, but dude, I'm on tour, at an amphitheater in the middle of nowhere, when am I going to buy that shit at a store? That most likely doesn't even carry said record?"
That's the beauty of Spotify. I can get music in an instant, no waiting, no trips to the store, literally within 30 seconds! For 10 bucks a month!! Shit, I spend 5 times that on fucking coffee which doesn't do jack shit for me!!
See what getting old does?
It makes you scared of the future. It makes you scared of what other people may think of you, it makes you scared to adapt, when really, the only thing that will allow us to survive is adapting. When you're young, you just don't care, you're gonna rebel, you're gonna do your own thing, you want to find about the "newest thing", you're willing to give things a shot, and if it sucks, you're quick to ditch it, but if it's great, you tell everyone you know.
Do I ever miss being 22? Hell no! I was a cranked-out, tweaked-out, heavy drinking, gun-toting, idiot without a car! I don't need to be young again! I'm better now than I've ever been but most importantly I don't "feel" old. I don't want to be like Thom Yorke thinking Spotify is a scary thing. The world changed, and that's a good thing.
2 days ago was Genevra and my 13th wedding anniversary. She surprised me the day before, by opening up my bunk at 7AM and going "hey", Happy Anniversary!". She had planned with the whole crew and band to have secret trip out, and everyone kept it under wraps. I had NO idea, it was so fuckin cool. We had a day and a half of just hanging, and fun, and gettin' hammered, and watching Rob Zombie, dancing, no stress, didn't have to drive home, man, it was fucking amazing. It was like a day long date! It was the first time in 10 years she had been out on the road, since we had kids really. It was really fucking special.
THE FALL OF GIANTS
Reading books on my iPad in my bunk before I go to sleep, is one my favorite ways to pass the time on tour. I just finished part 1 of a trilogy of books called "The Fall Of Giants" by "Pillars Of The Earth" author Ken Follet. This dude is one of my FAVORITE authors, he is so ridiculously fucking good, but be warned, his books are EPIC in length. Part 1 of TFOG takes place from 1914 to 1920 during World War I. And let me tell you, talking about the world being a different place, man, our world was way different back then.
People rarely had toilets in their houses, the shitter would be a block away, and shared by 20 other houses in the neighborhood (kinda like being on tour!). Women couldn't vote, blacks couldn't vote, shit, a lot of whites couldn't vote, and if someone went away you might not speak to them at all for several months, maybe several years!
Reading this book, puts a lot of shit in perspective, as did his previous book the staggering epic "Pillars of the Earth", our society is so petty, we're spoiled, entitled to convenience.
Am I worried about growing old, or Spotify, or needing reading glasses, or being outta shape, FUCK NO!! I'm stoked to be alive! I'm stoked I made it this far! I'm stoked to still play the game!! I'm stoked I did what I did and lived to tell about it!!
We should all be so lucky.
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While it seems absurd that El Paso, Texas-based radio station 95.5 FM, KLAQ would choose to go through the effort to post this on their website, we guess in-light of the big hub-bub about Black Veil Brides getting "called out" by the drummer for The Bronx for having "fake cabs" on the Warped tour earlier this month, some "brain-donor" over at the station has decided to drop the "newsflash of the century" and "call out" Machine Head for having "fake amps" too! A practice that for over 40 years now has been common-place in rock 'n roll going back to the days of Van Halen and AC/DC.
For the record, Machine Head "back" ANY band that uses dummy cabs in hopes of giving their fans a better, more impressive show. That includes the Black Veil Brides, who like many young musicians (and Machine Head) use direct-to-PA amp modeling gear like Fractals and Kempers. At least Black Veil Brides are playing their instruments, and not waving their hands along to a fucking laptop!!
Machine Head have 2 cabinet set-carts in the shape of our diamond logo, we use half of the 4 cabs for live sound, the ones labeled "live" in the "smoking gun photos" are actually that, a real LIVE cabinet, that's plugged in (as you can see in the photo), that make sound, have real speakers, plug into a "real amp", and has a mic in front of it that sends our face-melting guitar tones out to the crowd via the PA. The ones that our guitar techs labeled (for some reason, in bright green flourescent gaff tape)"dummy" are actually real cabs too, with real speakers and everything, but we only have so many amps to power them, and really who gives a shit, because ALL the cabs are REAL!!
Quick history lesson for grizzled 24 year-old heavy metal veteran Lisa Sanchez: Since the dawn of heavy music, bands have used dummy cabinets as part of an often-impressive looking stage design. When Slayer played the Mayhem Festival last year and had 2 giant upside-down crosses made out of Marshall cabinets, that lit on fire, guess what? They weren't all plugged in!
When Rob Halford of Judas Priest rides his Harley thru a swinging gate of Marshall stacks, guess what? Those are "dummies" too. In fact, the only "dummy" here is the one taking pictures, taking liberties, while standing on our stage, as our uninvited guest, and writing up the "controversial scoop", and then Tweeting and Facebooking about it.
How about calling out someone for something that really matters instead of bands who are only helping people escape for a little while?
What exactly are you trying to do here?
Here's what, you're attempting to create a controversy to get hits on your website, and this response should do just that. In fact, we're already giving you and your radio station website too much traffic via this response.
Hope you enjoy the free press.
- Robb and Phil
Black Veil Brides "controversial" photo:
Machine Head "fake amp" photos taken by KLAQ:
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I just looked at my last Journal entry, it’s been 3 weeks... 3 WEEKS!!!??? Where does the time go? All I do know is it has been the craziest, most hectic 21 days I can remember having in a very long time.
Amongst the things I’ve been doing include; finalizing an entire line of new merchandise, finalizing an entirely new stage set, getting the full headline set rehearsals in, showing Jared the little nuances of Machine Head songs, trying to remember all the things I need to take on a summer tour after having 6 months off, layering in parts and vocals for the still unfinished demo we have, and squeezing in being a dad and husband somewhere in there, and in all honesty probably not doing a very good job of it.
We just wrapped up show number 7 in Auburn, Washington (or as one of the lunatics shirts in the pit read "MOSHINGTON", LOL!), it was a killer show, man I love Washington, freaks, stoners, meth heads, all just ready to rage and have a good time. Night before that was in Nampa, Idaho, where it was 106 degrees outside, but man those people went for it! It was a rager!! I love playing in places like this, people are starving for it. They don't get bands very often unless it's country crap, so it's a big deal to them. Because of that the shows are often incredible for both the fans as well as the band themselves.
The tour started off on the other side of the state in Spokane, Washington. I flew in the night before, Phil flew in day of show, but the rest of the crew/band left a day before that on the bus, and just like what happened on the Dethklok tour, right as the bus passed thru Eugene Oregon, it broke down, AGAIN, in the same exact place we broke down last time!!!?? McClain was like "This area is the Bermuda Triangle for busses and Machine Head!!"
This time they were able to get the bus fixed, they pull up to the venue at 7:30 PM for a show were supposed to play at 9:15, and somehow, our insanely amazing crew got all the gear up and running and miraculously, we hit the stage by 10 PM. Not only was this the first warm-up show after a six month break, but we were playing our first show with new guy Jared MacEachern. So right off the bat he gets his first taste of the chaos of being in Machine Head, LOL!! I'm SO glad we [band and crew] pulled it off, because as always, Spokane was fucking killer! Total die hard metal heads up there, they love it.
Portland, Oregon was up next, and it was great to finally make it up to them after missing them on the Dethklok run. On the day off we stayed in a really cool area of Portland that I had never been to called Lower Burnside. This is a young music-centric part of town with lots of one-of-a-kind shops that are totally worth checking out. The show itself was way sold-out, shit it was way over-sold and I'm guessing 115 degrees onstage and it was easily the best, rowdiest headline show we've ever played in Portland. People were losing their minds. We saw our buddy and former Terror guitarist Doug Weber and had a good party sesh after. All the local openers were rockin’, and we got hooked up by the guys in Proven with some cool merch. Thanks dudes!
Fresno was coming up next and Mayhem the following day and I still had a ton of stuff to prepare for and pick up. So the next day myself and the man-of-many-hats, Pandoro, Pando Calrissian, rented a car and took a 4 hour road trip from Redding, CA down to The Bay to pick up part of our stage set. While we drove, Scott and Rodrigo rented a truck and loaded up our gear and went down to Petaluma to the Mesa Boogie factory to get new grills set in our Boogie cabs and swap out the head cases back to our original 5150 cases. Unfortunately the new Kryptonite cases were flimsy pieces of shit.
Our long time art collaborator Strephon Taylor and I had been designing this stage set for the last couple months. We brainstormed needing something that would translate in the daylight, as there are no lights on the Jager stage or need for them at 5 in the afternoon. To watch all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place bit by bit was fucking cool as shit. These frankly bad ass MH Flag Standards that he helped design were to be turned from a 1 dimensional drawing into a 3 dimensional reality, all 12 were supposed to be done on this day, but when we got there only one was ready. It ended up being a blessing in disguise as we had a few questionable ideas about how we were going to paint them, and it gave us the time to re-think it.
Luis at AAA Flag made the banners we had mocked up and did a sick job, and Jose over at Accurate Staging designed the banner supports as well as delivering everything! Both companies did top notch work, and both of these guys went way above and beyond.
I crashed at my pad all too briefly and the next day Pando and I picked up the Flag Standards, drove 5 hours to Fresno, where Phil, Jared, Phil's buddy Shack, and later Dave, immediately began priming and spray painting the 12 standards in the 106 degree Fresno heat. As this is happening, get this, a car crashed into our bus!! This is Machine Head and this shit happens, but you know what? We went and played another over-sold-out show to a fuckin’ rabid maniacal audience, where the temperature rose to at least 120 degrees inside.
Easily it was the hottest show I can remember in a decade, and running outside to cool off in the still 95 degree weather didn't do much. Fresno was fucking insane!!!!
Next day we got to Mayhem, bumped into Mark from Suicide Silence who totally saved the day helping us out, our buddy Gerardo was a hero in painting the rest of the standards and by the time we walked onstage to play our first show, the vibe was palpable. I'm not one to brag and I'll be the first to admit if we played like shit, but man, we KILLED it that first day! It was such a good feeling to know all the preparation, all the work leading up to this, to see it all come to life, the stage, the merch, the banners and the flag standards, it was fuckin’ epic! I was really proud of us for pulling it off.
Don't miss this tour, Mayhem is crushing across the US!
So check this out - My son Zander and I have been laid up with the stomach flu for the last week, I had it bad, he had it really brutal, and after one of the longest weeks of my life we’re both finally over it. I had been meaning to put these pictures up as soon as I was able to get them up on my Instagram and Twitter, but not here. Since it seems the Twitter people and Facebook people don't really overlap, it appears that many of you here missed these, so here are the pictures in the photo section.
My manager Joseph, his girl Cass, and I bought last minute tickets on Southwest Airlines and flew down to L.A. on Thursday morning. We got in a few hours early and grabbed lunch at a rad restaurant called Tender Greens which is located right across from the Hollywood Palladium. We also had the pleasure of finding a ridiculously good coffee place called Groundwork Coffee Company. There we kicked back for a bit knowing that the day ahead was going to be an intense one. We hung out and watched the streets get taken over by a sea of black, denim and leather. Slayer fans were now snaked down the streets of Hollywood.
Once we arrived at the Palladium we hit the will-call and we ran into long-time friend William Howell, photographer Stephanie Cabrall, ours and Slayer's lawyer Scott Harrington, Paul Bostaph, Nikki Black, Maria Ferraro and a ton of friends. The vibe was sad but upbeat, shitty circumstance, but happy to see each other.
The memorial itself was really cool, in fact, it was impressive. The first 1,500 or so got a free laminate and guitar pick upon entry, video walls with classic Jeff photos rotating the whole time. There were memorial shirts available for purchase, a huge display on stage of Jeff memorabilia including his Marshall cabs, his guitars, his thigh-high boots, an iron cross flower wreath. For me the one amazingly cool item was the Gibson Les Paul from "Show No Mercy" that took center stage.
As cool and amazing as the items were, I was well aware of where I was at, and what I was there for, because I was still in a bit of shock that Jeff Hanneman from Slayer was actually dead. But seeing that guitar... that's when it really hit me. I spent a lot of time looking at the back of that "Show No Mercy" album, those classic pictures. Sitting there with my old guitar tech Warren Lee and Dave Lombardo before doors had opened, looking at the guitar and talking old Slayer stories... man, it was heavy.
We were told that there would only be 4 speakers, so I dashed the idea of going up and saying something. Nick Bowcott started off the proceedings, and did a damn good job, he's a really good MC to an event, funny, meaningful, loud, and they couldn't have got anyone better. Metal Blade Records founder (and McClain's former landlord!) Brian Slagel got up and spoke and he told some great early Slayer stories. He talked about recording the first albums with Bill Metoyer, and the pre-‘Show No Mercy’ days. Next up was their long time record company liaison at American Recordings, Dino Parades, who was far and away the most choked up about being there. Dino said he'd been worried about him for the last 10 years; it was emotional as he had to stop a few times. It was moving and it was awesome, he told a lot of great stories about Jeff. You can tell he truly cared about Jeff Hanneman.
Kerry was up next, feisty and cool as cucumber, he joked about how ironic it was that the memorial was at the Palladium considering that they had been banned from playing there for 20 years after a ‘South Of Heaven’-era riot! He told a good joke about Hanneman never having a drivers license (after getting 2 DUI's when he was 18 and just saying "fuck it, this driving shit ain't for me," LOL!), he would pick him up for practice for the remainder of his tenure in Slayer. He told a couple other stories, nothing really about Jeff, more about him (Kerry) and then "Jeff laughing." He shut down a heckler, did a shot in his brothers honor, and then walked off.
Robert Trujillo came up next and had a good story about Rocky George and Jeff (who were very close) from the Suicidal Tendencies days, but mostly spoke about the legacy of Slayer, which truth be told... was weird.
Our former manager Rick Sales and his management team were up next and Rick told a great story about how in the pre-cell phone days, Jeff would get off tour and disconnect his phone so that no one could reach him. This would go on for up-to 4 months sometimes, and then he'd turn it back on (with a new number) and slowly let people figure it out. Apparently Jeff thought this was absolutely freakin' hilarious!! Nick John spoke, Kristin Mulderig read a letter from Jeff's wife Kathyrn that was pretty rad. She mentioned how stoked Jeff was to find out that Gary Holt of Exodus was filling in for him, gave Gary some well-deserved props. It was cool.
At this point Nick Bowcott mentioned that people in the VIP could speak if they wanted to, which was a bit of a surprise to everyone, I thought about it for a sec, but with Tom not being there and Lombardo not speaking, it just seemed weird.
In the end Shavo from System of a Down came up and again talked about the legacy of Slayer. Then they started the photo tribute. This was heavy, a soon as I saw baby pictures, that was it, I welled up. Interestingly, they started the montage with Metallica's "Fade To Black" which after all the bad blood between the 2 bands all those years was really cool (they also played Krokus’ - "Screaming In The Night" three times throughout the night, which apparently another favorite of Jeff’s ).
Some of the early pictures of Jeff were amazing, him and his brother in backyard air-guitar-ing was a standout. The classic early Slayer shots in make up, very fuckin' cool. The 2nd song of the montage was “Raining Blood,” and when it started, 4 huge circle pits broke out. I have no idea why, but that totally welled me up, I didn't quite shed a tear, but it was fucking close. I kept asking myself, "why of all things is THIS, a fucking CIRCLE PIT, welling me up?" LOL! maybe it was the passion they stir. Either way, it was fuckin awesome!
We hung out in the VIP for a bit after, hung out with Chuck Billy and his wife Tiff, Gary Holt, Mark and Danny from Suicide Silence, Johnny Araya, Dean Karr, rapped with Kerry and his old on-tour bartender Boner who was out with Slayer / Machine Head on the Divine Intourvention tour back in '94 / '95.
We ended up going across the street for drinks with the Slayer camp, I talked to Nick John for a bit, Kerry and his wife Ayesha who I had a really cool conversation with, Rick Sales, Rita Haney. Caught a good buzz and then headed for the airport, caught a flight back to the Bay where I passed out the whole time. I had grabbed some shirts and picks for Dave and Phil and took some pictures of the stuff I got. In the end it was a monumental tribute to a monumental guitarist who helped define an entire style and genre.
Kudos to the Slayer camp, and hails to Jeff Hanneman
Jeff and I with our friends from Broken Hope Shaun Glass and Jeremy Wagner back in Feb '95 on "Divine Intourvention"
Tribute Guitar Pick
THE guitar from "Show No Mercy", SO awesome!
Now that's a flower wreath!
4 circle pits for "Raining Blood"
Gary Holt, Ya Boy, dude, and Chuck Billy
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I recently helped my mom move from San Leandro to Pleasant Hill, which is closer to me, warmer and nicer. During the move we found all kind of classic #ThrowbackThursday material. She gave me a handful of old pictures the other day including the one below.
I want to say this picture is from somewhere around early 1985, before my Dad and her split up, and before my mom kicked me out of the house. I already had my Kramer strat shaped guitar which meant that it was after I had my dishwashing / table bussing job at Marie Calendars on Fremont Blvd. near The Hub, and I had worked all summer my junior year to save up for that. I probably hadn't started the heavy partying at that point, probably just weekend house parties with weed, mescaline, and booze.
This was the Fremont house we lived in on Kipling Ct. in the Brookvale neighborhood behind Brookvale Elementary and American High the whole time I was in Junior High and High School. As you can see, I was WAY into Judas Preist and Iron Maiden at the time hence all the Priest posters, but I was also getting into the thrash stuff big time. Back then you just couldn't find posters of your favorite thrash bands, so I would cut out pictures from magazines like Kerrang! and Metal Forces. This sounds nuts, but my friend Jim and I would take BART (the local subway system) 40 miles to San Francisco, then walk well over a mile uphill from Market St., up the notoriously gay / junkie filled Polk St. to go to the awesome Record Vault where we would buy bootlegs, imports, magazines and demos of our favorite metal bands. We would then walk the junkie filled / gay mile back down hill, take the 40 mile ride back to Fremont, all just so we could cut out pictures to hang on our wall
If I'm not mistaken the bands hanging up behind me are Judas Priest / Halford, a large red Black Sabbath banner from the cover of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Yngwie Malmsteen, Metallica, an Ozzy Osbourne "Mr. Crowley Live EP" picture disc with bonus track "You Said It All", a Witchfinder General "Death Penalty" picture disc with huge-breasted hottie on the cover that I regularly masturbated to. There's pictures of Bruce Dickenson, Hetfield, Kerry King, a hand-drawn Megadeth logo from the first shirt they made, and Accept / Wolf Hoffman (dude was / is such a bad ass!). The Radio Shack "cassette tape player" on the desk and that brown satin bed sheet are priceless, ah the 80's!!
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I was in Gulf Shores on a company trip with all the owners and top employees, when my best friend texted me the sad news about Jeff H. I pulled up a picture of Jeff put my phone on the bar ordered a fucking Heineken said cheers to my phone drank and cried. Slayer has influenced me and all the bands i have listened to since 86 (and earlier) and nobody i work with has a fucking clue. I felt so alone. They were all very respectful but i was just overwhelmed and they all new it.
Reign in Blood has always been the Bible for all metal for me. Been waiting so long for him to make a come back. I'm just devastated.
I was at that show International Ballroom in Atlanta, SLAYER and MACHINE FUCKING HEAD crushed that mutherfucker. I am so sad for all his brothers and family.
Rest in Piece with so much respect.
Pour all of your frustrations, stress, anger, and feeling of loss into your new music. Cry and fucking write it will all come together that's what you do.
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Touching tribute Robb - The story about the kid on the bus sounds like one of those classic moments haha! The world of metal is going to be a much sadder place without a talent like Jeff. R.I.P Brother!
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Obviously didn't get to know the guy on a personal level, but goddamn if I wasn't floored at this news. Truly is a sad day for the metal community, but hey! look at it this way! heavens gonna have one helluva houseband when we all get there.
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Just beautifully written. Slayer has been one of my biggest influences with my guitar playing. I shed a few tears today and BLASTED South of Heaven today in my car. 49 is way to young.
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It's sincerely sad that Jeff is gone, A Metal Master no longer with us. My deepest condolences to the Hanneman family & to Slayer, We Metalheads won't let Jeff's memory die
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It's good to hear that people like you, Robb, and Jeff are not emotionally stunted and ego-tripping, but that you do care for your fellow human in moments of desperation. I was never a really big Slayer fan, and hearing that Jeff died shocked me big time, but for you to come out and share as personal a memory as the last one honestly made me cry. I'm reminded by Zakk Wylde's quip on bullies "If a man doesn't fucking bleed and he doesn't cry, you don't trust him. He ain't a fucking man." If anything you showed that Jeff was a man in the truest sense of the word.
Thank You for sharing this with all of us. The world is a poorer place now.
Rest in Peace, Jeff Hannemann
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Love how you don't sugar coat shit robb you keep it real , a great loss has happened to the metal world and slayer will never be the same. Rest easy jeff see you on the other side
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The most honest memoir and tributary account that I've ever read. Written for a great musician; by a great musician (that I even had the privilege of working with), and both of whom I grew up listening to and have influenced my own creativity in so many ways. Thank you Robb Flynn. Jeff Hanneman IS SLAYER, and just like so many other great musicians who have passed, his music makes him truly immortal and never forgotten in our hearts and minds. Thank you and R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman
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I was trying to think of something profound to say about this, but all I could come up with is: Fuck! . . . And thanks for sharing Robb. Good shit. I went to the Denver leg of the Bio-MH-Slayer tour you mentioned at the old Mammoth Theater.
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Perfect farewell to a great icon in this theater of thrash, metal, music..... well spoken Robb, respect. All the best for Jeff's family. And a big fuckin hail to all thrasers!!!!!! Keep on listening his work!!
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Thanks Robb, that's better than any crap from any mag, that's humble truth and insight from a top shelf thrasher. Thanks for sharing ur experience with us. Jeff was the quiet foundation of Slayer, he will be missed!
Still can't believe that Jeff Hanneman from Slayer is dead, things like that just don't happen. Thrashers don't die??!! WTF!!??
I'm not going to sit here and say how him and I were best buds or something, we definitely weren't, I'd barely call us acquaintances, I did 8 tours and over 120 shows with the dude and honestly, I never really got to "know him". I was always closer with Kerry. Jeff was super quiet, really kept to himself, would get rowdy when he was drunk, but was a bit aloof, and seemed annoyed at the people partying around him despite the fact that he himself would be getting hammered.
I can remember some good hangs with him though. The first was in Basel, Switzerland back in November, 1994 when Machine Head was main support to Slayer on the Divine Intervention tour. It was one of those shows were something so random happens it just never leaves you, in this case, the show was sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes and every kid entering the show got 2 free packs of smokes. I've never seen so much smoke in a venue in my life. I remember walking onstage and yelling at our roadie / everything-guy Mike Scum, "DUDE, turn off the fuckin' smoke machine", he said "YOOOOO, it's not the smoke machine bro, it's the cigarettes!" It was damn near impossible to breath onstage. After the show we were hanging backstage and Jeff walked back, we started bitching about the crazy cigarette show, and he invited me back to the dressing room to grab a beer, we sat down and chatted for a while, and then I went all Slayer-nerd on him and started grilling him on what songs he wrote.
Me: "Who wrote Angel Of Death?"
Jeff: "I did"
Me: "Lyrics too?"
Me: "Reign In Blood?"
Me: "Dead Skin Mask?"
Me: "South Of Heaven?"
Me: "Black Magic?"
Jeff: "You know it"
Me: "Hell Awaits?"
On and on it went, that man wrote both the music and lyrics to a large goddamn portion of my favorite Slayer songs. He was a huge influence on my songwriting growing up in particular with arrangements and the bold use of key changes. The one thing Slayer band always had over so many other bands is they were all over the guitar neck when it came to key changes. Leads would be in some of the most random keys ever, but somehow it made it all that much more frantic, and when the chorus kicked back in, BOOM! CRUSHING! Set up perfectly. He was one of the few metal heads I met who never really got into Pantera, he told me he "liked some stuff", but thought they we're "too bluesy at times", and that he "liked more evil notes or sad riffs"
Another good memory was sharing a tour bus on the August 2001 Korean / Japan / Australia tour, it was all fly-dates and hotels, we were sharing crew, tour manager and manager, so we all rode on the bus together to and from the airport to the hotel every day. Sometimes the rides were an hour or two, so you'd just all BS and hang. One time a kid in Australia bum-rushed the bus while we were all sitting in it, hammered after partying one night. He was desperate for autographs and came on the bus screaming (what else?) "SLAAAAAAAAAYYYYYEEEEERRRR!!!" He then saw me and went all, "Oh shit, Robb Flynn, mate I fuckin' LOVE Machine Head, but it's fuckin' SLAAAAAAAYYYYYYYEEEERRRRR", I looked the fucker right in the eye and slurred, "Oh just FUCK RIGHT OFF!!" Hanneman fell out dying, he laughed for 10 minutes straight, cracked him up, that slightly feminine high pitched giggle that he always did.
Dude backed me when Kerry King and I were beefin' all that time long ago, he would come up to me at festivals and would talk, just be normal. He even backed me in Decibel magazine when they asked him about the beef, saying "Robb is a good dude", and that "Kerry was like the girlfriend of the band, always beefin' with someone". I got a good laugh outta that.
The last memory I'll share is from the American leg of the Divine Intervention tour in March 1995. It was Slayer band, Biohazard supporting, and Machine Head opening. We were playing the International Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia. He had been sitting out some of the new songs from "Divine", which was odd to me. We were hanging out in their dressing room before the show, just him and I, and I mustered up the nerve to ask him what the deal with it was. At first he joked that he just "didn't feel like learning them, didn't like 'em, Kerry wrote them", he was chuckling, and then he stopped. He looked down and got serious. He said he'd been having a lot of pain in his wrists, his hands and wrists were going numb all the time, and would go numb during those songs because they were really fast, then he started to cry. It was a startling confession. I offered some awkward feel-good comment, but he just continued to cry, and I decided to sit there in the silence with him for a minute. He gave me a hug, and said "Whoa!", and laughed, walked out toward the stage, turned back and said "thanks dude".
It was an intense moment, one of those rare, intense moments you have with someone, let alone with someone from another band.
It made me really respect the dude.
That's the Jeff I'm gonna remember.
To Kerry, Tom, Dave, Paul, Rick Sales Mgmt and Jeff's family, my sincere condolences.
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Been writing a lot of lyrics lately, it's been going slow, still trying to find that "thing", that "subject", that "hook" for each of the 4 finished songs we have. It can be goddamn frustrating as all hell. You write and write and write, or you freestyle over the song while playing it, hoping it "tells you something", and one day you think something clicks! You go write it down or go to sing it, and it's a mess, doesn't make any sense, doesn't go with the vibe of the song, back to the ol' drawing board. I read a quote once by Keith Richards (from back when he wrote good songs), "that when you're writing, you're just a vessel, you need to let the music pour in and out of you, go thru you".
It's true in so many ways.
In the past, I've written awesome, poetic lyrics for some songs before, lyrics that I was really proud of, and I just could not get them to work with the song, it just didn't "go".
And that's where I am right now, 2 binders, half-full of cool, different, poetic lyrics that just don't "go".
**pounds head against table**
I woke up this morning at 6AM, wrote a whole a new set of lyrics, on a whole new subject, to the 2nd song we wrote, gonna take a pass at singing it today, no idea if it'll work.
The one song title we have is "Beneath The Silt". In some ways, it kinda reminds me of "Elegy" from "Through The Ashes Of Empires", has a stoner-ish-vibe about it, but tuned way down to F#, and with those Machine Head trademarks, the oft-imitated oscillating high notes, ala- the beginning of "Ten Ton Hammer". It's a cool song, different, pretty straight ahead for us, and short by Machine Head standards 4 and 1/2 minutes (LOL!)
Been finishing up some rough demos that we are recording in our Jam Room, laying down guitar tracks, been jamming thru some new ENGL amps, checked out a Powerball II and their new amp the Savage 120, the Savage 120 is B-R-U-T-A-L! Not digging the Powerball II. Also, going to check out a new Prototype from Randall today called the Thrasher, it was designed by Mike Fortin who is known in amp circles as somewhat of a Mod God (for all the non-musos that means: a god of amp modifications, LOL). Been playing them through the non-jumbo, traditional, straight Mesa Boogie cabinets, it's hard to beat the Boogie cabinet, so fucking TIGHT! It almost adds a pre-mixed expensiveness to any amp once you mic it up.
Got a good chunk of guitars done, will finish those up today before it gets broken down for tomorrow. Got a good chunk of bass done too on the demos, Phil has been laying down the bass tracks so far and it's gone really well, he's got a lot of cool ideas, locking in with Dave's insanely awesome drum beats.
Today is the last day for tracking guitars on the demo as we're getting ready to begin try-outs tomorrow (Friday). Got 8 guys lined up so far, some "known" guys, some dudes who are under the radar, all have touring / stage experience. It's exciting in some ways, and weird in others, I never thought I'd be going through this process again, and it fucks with my head from time to time.
It's just a fill-in slot for Mayhem, but these guys have to deliver on several levels, they got a bit of big shoe to fill, the dude who used to be onstage left was a presence, so we're going to test these guys out musically, performance-wise, creatively, and see if there's any kind of chemistry there.
I'll let you know how it goes next week.
We’re in an exciting period, that’s for sure. There’s some pressure here and there but that comes from within. Machine Head has always strived to bring our people the best of what we have. Whether it’s the music, tours, merchandise, etc. we just want to give our people what they deserve. Right now the focus is the songs, the riffs, the feel and how it all comes together. In addition to the four songs, we also have a ton of riffs ready to be put to use, not to mention all the ideas still in my head. When I look at what our collective craniums have in store for the maniacal Machine Head fan, all I can think of is this…
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
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As this summers Mayhem Festival draws near, the Machine Head boys recount tales of mayhem and debauchery in a new blog series called "Mayhem Memories".
This week: Robb tries to remember "the best party EVER... that he wasn't at"
Ah, Mayhem 2011, it was a blur, a fun, an often times insane blur that when I look back am, amazed I survived. Let me rewind a little though. John Reese co-founder of the Mayhem Festival and I have the same birthday, so when we do the Mayhem tour, we have a joint birthday party. We've known John for a long time, he is one of the best people you'll ever meet, heart of gold, and MAN, does that dude know how to throw a party!!! We had an EPIC party on the 2008 Mayhem tour, and back in 2011 we vowed to go even bigger!
But let's go back a little further bit and explain the whole scenario a bit. It was June 2011, I was producing and recording "Unto The Locust", Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was starting soon, and we had a few warm up dates before that, recording took a little longer than expected and we weren't finished, Colin Richardson had started mixing our record and it was going slow, we hadn't quite nailed a mix yet, when suddenly his ex-wife passed away. Obviously it was a horrible and very sad time, Colin has been our friend and producer / mixer for a long time, mixed 6 out of 7 Machine Head albums, and understandably, Colin had to leave the mix.
His engineers helped Carl Bown and Ging helped get the mixes up and running at JingleTown Recording, Green Day's Oakland studio, and unexpectedly, it was now up to my engineer Juan and I to mix the record, using Colin's 2 mixes as a template. There was talk of getting someone else to mix it, but some of the songs on UTL were so vast in a recording context (some of them had 110 tracks!), most people just wouldn't have even known where to start, so we thought it best to have Juan and I do it since we had already been involved in every song since the writing process began.
So yeah, that's right, I gotta go on tour in a few days, my engineer and I now have an album to mix that we didn't think we had to, it's the follow up to "The Blackening", some songs have 110 tracks, no pressure!
So I start to ask myself, how am I going to pull this whole mixing-the-album-while-on-tour-thing off? Well, at first, it's almost easy, the tour dates all start on the West Coast, I'm driving around in my 4-Runner to the shows, that night driving back to Oakland to mix, the next morning, then drive out to the next show, drive back, Juan email's mixes, I download while driving, listen, call him, make corrections / suggestions. It wasn't so bad... at first... but once we got outside of California, I had to start flying, and that's when (as the British say) "it all went pear shaped".
So now, I'm listening to mixes all day, playing a show on Mayhem, catching a red-eye flight that night back to Oakland, mix all day, catch a 5AM flight back to wherever the next Mayhem date is, play show, lose mind, repeat.
More than a few times I'd leave Oakland at 6AM, fly for 7 hours, land at 4 PM, find out the venue is an hour away from the airport, have to be onstage at 5PM, jump in cab, freak out on the driver, lose mind, repeat. In Boston, I literally pulled up, hopped out of the cab, threw my stage clothes on and walked onstage. It was fucking bananas.
As "the most epic birthday party of 2011" approaches, I let Juan know that I wouldn't be coming to mix that next day off after my birthday, as I was planning on recovering from the "the most epic birthday hangover of 2011", but as the date got closer, we ended up running into a snag that required that I absolutely had to be there, no way out of it.
I was bummed, like fuckin', SUPER bummed!
Here we are on Mayhem, set to throw "the most epic birthday bash of 2011", and now, I can't be there. AAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!! I let John, Keri Lee, and all of the amazing girls on the Mayhem team know the deal, and we bum out over bottles of wine. I flew home, landed at midnight, worked on the "making of UTL" DVD with Scott the director til 3 AM... slept 'til 8 AM... woke up... mixed... stewed in anger.
So there I am, goddamn BUMMED, in goddamned Oakland, working on these goddamn mixes, for this goddamn album, for my goddamn band, missing my goddamn birthday party, and missing the making of what should have been the most goddamn epic hangover, when I start getting photos texted to me from a bunch of my dudes, and other band friends.
You see, Keri Lee and the Mayhem girls had paid to have a full-size cardboard cut-out of me to be at the birthday party, and let me tell you, word on the street was that the Robb Flynn-cardboard-cut-out was getting HAMMERED and having the time of his LIFE!!!
EVERYONE bought him a shot, Suicide Silence fed him cake, the Robb Flynn-cardboard-cut-out had a foursome with 3 hot chicks, did blow, did stage dives, posed for pictures with everyone, and Dan from Disturbed crowdsurfed him across the whole party!! While he started off as a total “stiff,” cardboard-Robb was the life of the party!!
BA DAP PSSSSHH!!!
It was really fuckin' cool. Probably one of the coolest things anyone was has done for me. I was was greatly moved. And even though I missed the party... I have an amazing memory for it.
This year my / our birthday party will fall on either the Camden, New Jersey date or Hartford, Connecticut date, and let me assure you, I WILL NOT BE MISING THIS ONE, in fact, I'm fucking ready now!!!! Are you? Join me!!
Bring on Mayhem 2013!!!!
Cardboard-Robb hammered and passed out in his bunk:
Read Dave's Mayhem Memories Here!
Read Phil's Mayhem Memories Here!
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