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Machine Head reveal new band members ahead of fall European tour, announce 2020 dates

The tour features two sets featuring new and classic members

Machine Head new members
Machine Head new members Vogg Kiełtyka and Matt Alston, via Facebook
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    Back in March, groove metal vets Machine Head revealed that they were looking for two permanent members prior to their fall European tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of debut album Burn My Eyes. Now, after auditioning the positions, the band has announced that guitarist Vogg Kiełtyka of Decapitated and drummer Matt Alston of Devilment will round out the lineup. Machine Head also shared dates for the second European leg of the tour beginning in spring of 2020.

    Kiełtyka and Alston replace guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain, respectively, after the two longtime members left the band following a “farewell” tour in late 2018. Initially, there was confusion as to whether Machine Head were breaking up entirely, but the band soon clarified that they would continue with new members.

    “As a 13-year-old, I was learning songs from Burn My Eyes, which is still one of my favorite albums ever,” Kiełtyka wrote in a statement. “That album had a big influence on my playing and my guitar skills.”

    The new drummer Alston worked for Machine Head on their previous tour and will now join his former employers on stage: “It was a pleasure working for MH over last year’s world tour,” he wrote, “but now having the opportunity to be playing their songs is something I never would have imagined while growing up and listening to their music.”

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    The upcoming shows are split into two sets each night. The first set will feature frontman Robb Flynn, bassist Jared MacEachern, and the two new members playing favorites from the band’s catalog. For the second set, Flynn and MacEachern will be joined by classic members Logan Mader (guitar) and Chris Kontos (drums) to perform Burn My Eyes in its entirety.

    As of now, Machine Head’s only North American date on the tour is a one-off show on December 20th at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Check out the full list of dates below, as well as candid videos of the new members jamming.

    Machine Head 2019-2020 Tour Dates:
    10/05 – Freiburg, DE @ Sick Arena Musikclub
    10/07 – Tilburg, NL @ 013
    10/09 – Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio
    10/11 – Wuerzburg, DE @ Posthalle
    10/12 – Leipzig, DE @ Haus Auensee
    10/14 – Bochum, DE @ Ruhr Congress
    10/15 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
    10/16 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
    10/18 – Gdansk, PL @ B90
    10/19 – Warsaw, PL @ Progressja
    10/20 – Budapest, HU @ Baba Negra
    10/22 – Zurich, CH @ Komplex
    10/23 – Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant
    10/25 – Milan, IT @ Live Club
    10/26 – Padova, IT @ Hall
    10/27 – Luxembourg, LU @ Expo
    10/29 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
    10/31 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
    11/02 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
    11/04 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
    11/05 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
    11/07 – Belfast, IE @ Telegraph Building
    11/08 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre
    12/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
    04/19 – Zaragoza, ES @ Teatro de las Esquinas
    04/21 – Santiago de Compostela, ES @ Capitol
    04/23 – Oporto, PT @ Coliseu de Porto
    04/24 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu de Lisboa
    04/25 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera
    04/27 – Malaga, ES @ Paris 15
    04/28 – Murcia, ES @ Gamma
    04/28 – Valencia, ES @ Republicca
    05/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
    05/02 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
    05/05 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
    05/06 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
    05/08 – Hannover, DE @ Swiss Life Hall
    05/09 – Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin
    05/10 – Bratislava, SI @ Refinery Gallery
    05/12 – Bucharest, RO @ Quantic Club
    05/13 – Sofia, BU @ Universiada Hall
    05/15 – Thessaloniki, GR @ Fix Factory Of Sound
    05/16 – Athens, GR @ Piraeus Academy
    05/20 – Kiev, UA @ Stereoplaza
    05/22 – Moscow, RU @ 1930 Moscow
    05/23 – St. Petersburg, RU @ A2
    05/25 – Helsinki, FI @ The Circus
    05/28 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryhuset Arenan
    05/29 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
    05/30 – Aarhus, DEK @ Train
    06/01 – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit 36
    06/02 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoliredenburg
    06/03 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
    06/05 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
    06/06 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy

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