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MACHINE HEAD Frontman Talks About Playing With METALLICA, Hanging Out With LARS ULRICH - Oct. 23, 2007
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has posted a lengthy new "diary entry" on the band's official web site. An excerpt from his posting follows:

"[Supporting] METALLICA at Wembley Stadium [in London in early July]. Duuuuuude!? DUUUUDE!?!?!? Such an honor. Handpicked. Last minute [as the replacement for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, who had to cancel].

"To be honest, we thought it might be a bit rough just because we were thrown on so late in the game, our fans might not know about it in time, etc. But oh my god, dude.

"Let me preface this and start by saying that, straight up, the first three songs were literally the sloppiest we'd played on the entire 'Blackening' run. Jesus?! Guitar cutting out, broken strings, tech hands me my guitar wildly out of tune, Phil's [Demmel] wireless goes out... it was like, NOW?! Were gonna have all these problems NOW??!! Christ al-fuckin'-mighty! But you know didn't matter, the crowd went friggin' APESHIT! The circle pit for 'Imperium' (which Monte Conner says is the new 'Davidian') was... just... oh my fuckin' GOD! We FINALLY pulled it together for 'Halo' and 'Davidian', and from 'Halo' on...the world just fell into place...everything got easy. Didn't know it at the time but [James] Hetfield watched us... from 'Halo' on... whew!

"MASTODON ruled, as always. But METALLICA, man, METALLICA... dude... untouchable that night. I've seen a couple bad shows from them recently, but man, they walked on fucking water that night. What a vibe. Setlist: impeccable. Between-song banter: hysterical. The crowd sing-a-long to the 'la-da-da-da' part, from the lone post-'Black'-album song they played ('Memory Remains')... it went on for two minutes after the song ended... goose-bumps man... fucking... goose-bumps.

"Hetfield hung in the dressing room, told us he's rockin' to 'The Blackening'. 'There's some epic shit on there.'... My brain pretty much imploded at that point... smoke out of the ears and everything... full-on frizzle fry.

"The afterparty was drunken insanity. I gave and received no less than 17 skull bites to Brent from MASTODON. But the highlight of it all was hanging out with Lars [Ulrich] after the afterparty, drinking a small ocean's worth of booze and picking his brain about every detail of the thrash era that I thought I knew about or wanted to know about. With Adam [Duce], and a small pow-wow of people, him and I held court for nearly an hour talking about everything from the years he followed DIAMOND HEAD around (he was in the rehearsal studio with them when they wrote 'Am I Evil?'), following MOTÖRHEAD around, Dave Mustaine, Napster, EXODUS, Baloff, Cliff, what their mindset was when writing 'Master of Puppets', who were their rivals at the time, the first time I saw them, what they thought of SLAYER back then... Dudes, I was in full-on METALLICA history nerd/geek mode, and it RULED 'cause he was spilling all the dirt.

"We raged on over to some fancy-schmancy hotel his friends were at, where, in between skull bites, WWE wrestling sessions and all of us flashing all of our penises at cars passing by, we talked the pros and cons of cocaine, while he fawned hopelessly over our publicity girl... it was c-r-a-z-y!"

Read more at this location.

Circle pit during MACHINE HEAD's set opening for METALLICA at the Wembley Stadium in London, England (July 2007):

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posted by : deeks447
10/23/2007 5:15:27 AM


Is it really necessary to start and end almost every sentence with "Dude"?

How old are you?

posted by : Mr_Beer_Gut
10/23/2007 5:21:44 AM

I'd like to hang out with Lars too.

COMMENT | I'm not a fan of his band but
posted by : Blackthorned
10/23/2007 6:02:23 AM

Robb has such enthusiam and commitment for what he does - first and foremost he's a metal fan so it's hard not to respect that. He's certainly living the dream.

COMMENT | Yeah, I'm with Blackthorned on this one^^^^^^^^^^
posted by : petehagen
10/23/2007 6:23:32 AM

I saw Machine Head open up on the Heaven And Hell Tour earlier this year. While I'm not really that into them, they are having the time of their lives, playing their hearts out, obviously LOVING what they do, and getting to play shows with their heroes. Good for them. That's awesome.

posted by : Freeburt
10/23/2007 7:49:18 AM

Are those people chasing around Lars in the pit because he stole their money?

posted by : Plihtari
10/23/2007 8:05:43 AM

Metallica rules.

COMMENT | I have hung with Lars....
posted by : Gloobey
10/23/2007 8:28:13 AM

on many, many ocassions and he's always good value. Guy get's a lot of shit here from no-nothing pre-pubescents but he deserves serious respect from everybody who visits this site. Trust me, the metal world would be a very, very different place today were it not for him and his band.

posted by : I 4 N I
10/23/2007 8:32:01 AM

MACHINE HEAD RULE!!! Sad, they couldn't make it here due to the visa issues. Oh well.

Cannot wait for new metallica. Yes I said it

Np: Sepultura - Nuclear Seven

COMMENT | hanging out with Lars?
posted by : Kissfan77
10/23/2007 8:32:24 AM

Oh joy...NOT

COMMENT | Kissfan77
posted by : gryncher
10/23/2007 10:48:56 AM

Wow - you are a douche.

COMMENT | Gloobey
posted by : gryncher
10/23/2007 10:49:55 AM

I hung with him once - briefly - and he was very, very cool.

I really don't understand the hate for the guy. I have the utmost respect for him.

COMMENT | I agree with Blackthorned, too...
posted by : Momma
10/23/2007 10:53:44 AM

Awww...manlove. I dig MH and it's cool (cute, even) to read about him fanboy-ing Lars to death. While I'm one of those cranky pre-Load Metallica fans, I would love to get the opportunity to talk with Lars about the good ol' Thrash days. And since he is physically incapable of shutting up, you know you're gonna get some good dirt.

Flynn is a lucky dude :)

COMMENT | Can't ask for better example...
posted by : dxf
10/23/2007 10:54:52 AM

What once produced a singalong of "die/die/die" is now responsible for "'la-da-da-da." The memory remains, indeed.

COMMENT | Question
posted by : joebono
10/23/2007 11:27:15 AM

What's a skull bite?

COMMENT | Skull Bite
posted by : zalant
10/23/2007 12:07:27 PM

Found this on Wikipedia via Google search on Skull Bite

"The skull bite is employed with mammals in particular; with reptiles such as caiman, the jaguar may leap on to the back of the prey and sever the cervical vertebrae, immobilizing the target"

Somehow, though, I don't think that this is what Rob meant, hehe.

COMMENT | Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude
posted by : XxMachine_HeadxX
10/23/2007 12:18:17 PM


COMMENT | Like totally DooooooooooooooooooooooD
posted by : Kyashan
10/23/2007 12:49:36 PM


COMMENT | Circle Pit?
posted by : specialk1041
10/23/2007 1:20:27 PM

Granted the size is impressive, but I really wouldn't call that a circle "pit". It's pretty much literally a bunch of people running around in a circle. Call outs for a circle pit at shows has so fucking run its course, give it a rest.

posted by : garwxn
10/23/2007 1:26:49 PM

"What once produced a singalong of "die/die/die" is now responsible for "'la-da-da-da." The memory remains, indeed."

we fucking shouted along to creeping death as well dick!! the best tallica gig ive ever been too! and fuck me ive seen some good ones, and a bad one! not quite sure what your getting at though, or is it perhaps that you dont like post black tallica and have to complain about it, rather than accepting that it was different and appreciating the fantastic package that 90's tallica not making a particularly clever argument here, i just thought id put my lil opinion in as i havent for a while, and oh yeah, i was fucking there!!!!

COMMENT | Metallica
posted by : Yeti
10/23/2007 1:47:21 PM

I haven't missed a tour since the "and justice for all tour" They kicked ass everytime.... Bring on the new album!!!

Metallica rules!!!!

COMMENT | I was there
posted by : choko001
10/23/2007 1:49:01 PM

I was there, very fun gig, seated unfortunately. but still cool, im so glad the replaced bullet for my vallengay. I HATE MATT TUCK!!!

posted by : raiseyerfists
10/23/2007 2:59:53 PM

blackening is overrated, robb flynn is a clown

10/23/2007 3:25:24 PM


COMMENT | Watching circle pits...
posted by : mike57
10/23/2007 5:20:46 PM

Doesn't it make you want to toss a banana peel in there? Or maybe a skateboard or simply, a long metal pipe.

COMMENT | Machinehead!!!!!!
posted by : colts rule
10/23/2007 6:20:48 PM

I hung out with Rob in Cleveland on Oct. 1 on a business trip on b-day he was a bar across the street from the house of blues.I got to talk to him for about 25min. talked about the early violence days and that it was my 36th time seeing them and also the success of the blackening very cool person to hang with and i still think machinehead are underrated and slould be selling as much as slipknot and hopefully now i lay thee down gets some radio play.

posted by : MetalBeer666
10/23/2007 9:53:15 PM

What's a Skull Bite ? Is that a gay sex foreplay deal?

posted by : vader4202001
10/24/2007 1:41:08 PM

raiseyerfist ur clown puto

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