Machine Head announce 21 date US tour

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Metal veterans Machine Head have announced a 21 date US tour, with support coming from heavyweights such as Children Of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross.

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn said: “Machine Head raised the bar with concert production for 2012‘s Locust tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest lineup out there for 2014, period. This is a must-see event for any heavy metal fan in America.”

“I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in Children Of Bodom, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in Battlecross, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. Epica’s symphonic metal will add a touch of much-needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour.”

Children Of Bodom singer Alexi Laiho said he’s looking forward to being able to get vocal points from Machine Head mainman, Flynn: “We’ve rolled with Machine Head quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick-ass shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we’ll have a good time tearing it up all over North America. Not a bad way to end the long and non-stop tour cycle for Halo Of Blood.”

The tour kicks off in Denver on the 4th of October and draws to a close in Hollywood on the 1st of November.

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Soundgarden confirmed as opening for Nine Inch Nails

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Soundgarden have confirmed that they will be opening for Nine Inch Nails on the bands’ upcoming US co-headline tour.

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil has said that he believes the running order makes perfect sense.

Speaking to DC101, Thayil said: “It makes sense. Nine Inch Nails is a production-heavy band – amazing lights, lasers. They use a lot of production both in the audio performance and the visual performance.

“We’re more of a live rock act. If we were to play after them it would be a long wait while they struck all their gear and cleared the stage for us. It’s a lot easier to play before them.”

The two bands recently confirmed a series of North American shows together, beginning in Las Vegas on the 19th of July and culminating in Hollywood on the 25th of August.

Speaking to The Pulse Of Radio, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell confirmed that he expects the band to start work on a new album soon, too.

“We’re definitely going to start writing songs; we’ve all agreed on several occasions that we want to keep doing it,” he said.

“It goes from zero to 60 really fast. All of a sudden everyone will have two things – and that’s eight songs you have to work on. Already you’re well into making an album. That could happen tomorrow.”

Nine Inch Nails recently finished a series of live dates in the UK and are now playing further shows in Europe. You can read Skin Back Alley’s review of their 25th May show at the Manchester Phones4U Area here.

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