MACHINE HEAD Drummer CHRIS KONTOS Talks Rejoining The Band For Upcoming Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour - "It's Been Pretty Surreal" (Video)
September 13, 2019, 5 days ago
Bay Area metal giants Machine Head, who recently announced the dates for their Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour, have re-recorded the legendary debut album in its entirety. The recording line-up features original BME alulmni Chris Kontos and Logan Mader as well as singer and guitarist Robb Flynn and bass player Jared MacEachern. The recordings were done at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California.
Today, the band released a brand new interview with drummer Chris Kontos, conducted by renowned journalist Dom Lawson. Watch Kontos talk about the impact of Burn My Eyes, what it's like to play with Logan and Robb for the first time in 20 years, and the excitement of the anniversary tour below.
In the clip below, Chris Kontos, Logan Mader, Robb Flynn, and Jared MacEachern sat down with Lawson and listened to the band's classic debut, Burn My Eyes, for the first time in over two decades. This often hilarious conversation sees them trying to remember where they wrote songs, discussing how they got together back in 1992, and the time they set off the smoke alarms in the Fantasy recording studio from smoking so much weed.
Let Freedom Ring! It is with great excitement that Machine Head announce the first leg of their 25 Year Anniversary tour for the band’s classic debut, Burn My Eyes. Check out an announcement video below.
The dates kick off in Germany on October 5th in Freiburg, and continue across Europe and the UK, wrapping in Dublin, Ireland on the 8th of November. The US leg will be announced in due course; those dates are set for November into December as the tour makes its way around the globe.
Building on their wildly popular An Evening With… format, these not-to-be-missed shows will be a three-hour musical extravaganza, comprised of two parts:
Part I - will feature a battery of Machine Head’s modern classics, such as ‘Imperium,’ ‘Halo,’ and, ‘The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears,’ featuring frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern performing alongside two, soon-to-be-announced, ragers on guitar and drums.
Part II - will feature the Bay Area band’s classic debut album, Burn My Eyes played in its entirety for the first time ever. And if somehow this historical event could not be monumental enough, taking the stage for this part of the set will be Burn My Eyes-era alumni and Machine Head’s original drummer Chris Kontos and original guitarist, Logan Mader.
Band founder and visionary, Robb Flynn states: “Having started rehearsals with Chris and Logan several weeks ago, I’m literally giddy with excitement at the prospect of how much fun this is going to be. Both Logan and Chris are in phenomenal playing shape, the vibe between all four of us has been incredibly positive!”
Flynn continues, “Having run through deep cuts like ‘Death Church,’ and ‘I’m Your God Now’ for the first time in well over a decade, has reminded me of how fucking heavy our older songs are! This tour is going to be MASSIVE!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to share this milestone with the Head Cases! So just a head’s up, DO NOT sleep on this! Tell your friends, spread the word, because tickets are going to disappear!”
Logan Mader adds, “It’s a huge honor for me to take part in celebrating Burn My Eyes 25th birthday! It’s hard to believe this is actually happening. I feel like I won the guitar player lottery.... again! The fact that BME is still relevant today has a lot to do with the fact that Robb has kept the band alive and strong for two and a half decades. I’m very grateful for this!”
Chris Kontos echoes the sentiment, stating, “This is an absolute mind blower! Playing these songs again after 23 years feels just amazing. The fact that it's 25 years later and the BME record is still relevant and revered is humbling to say the least. Doing a huge world tour in celebration of the record is a great way to acknowledge the legacy of Machine Head’s past and future. I'm so looking forward to sharing these songs with the Machine Head fans around the world. Can't wait to meet all you ‘Head Cases’ out there! You can be sure it is going to be a crushing night! See ya soon!”
Holding down the bass, Jared MacEachearn is equally looking forward to the run, saying “It’s not everyday that you get to pay tribute to a classic like ‘Burn My Eyes’ and with Logan and Chris in the mix, I’m really excited to bring something special to old and new fans alike.”
Tickets go on general sale at 10 AM, local time, Friday, March 29, with pre-sale going live at 10 AM on Thursday, March 28. More details here.
5 - Freiburg, Germany - Sick Arena Musikclub
7 - Tilburg, Holland - 013
9 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
11 - Würzburg, Germany - Posthalle
12 - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee
14 - Bochum, Germany - Ruhr Congress
15 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
16 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
18 - Gdansk, Poland - B90
19 - Warsaw, Poland - Progressja
20 - Budapest, Hungary - Baba Negra
22 - Zurich, Switzerland - Komplex
23 - Lyon, France - Le Radiant
25 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
26 - Italy, PADOVA Hall
27 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Lux Expo
29 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
31 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
2 - London, England - O2 Academy Brixton
4 - Manchester, England - O2 Victoria Warehouse
5 - Glasgow, Scotland - O2 Academy
7 - Belfast, Ireland - Telegraph Building
8 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre