Machine Head Announces 2nd Leg “Catharsis” North American Tour

Nothing like a Tuesday Tour Announcement to share with you fine Metal loving Republic. If you’ve been lamenting the fact that you missed the first leg of Machine Head’s “Catharsis” tour then the news about this albums second leg will surely appease. Check out the full press release below. I’ll close with some additional editorial.

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The Press Release:
San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD, have announced the second leg of their North American tour in support of their new album, Catharsis.The upcoming dates also include the 6 rescheduled dates from the first leg were vocalist Robb Flynn contracted a severe viral bronchitis lung infection that lasted for 7 weeks. The band will once again will be giving fans “an evening with” MACHINE HEAD, playing over 2 1/2 hours of classic and new material!

Flynn comments:
“We’re really stoked to be hitting the road in the states and our cannabis legalizing brothers up in Canada again. After the first tour in support of Catharsis hitting typical MACHINE HEAD strongholds like Chicago, Denver and Oakland, we’ve been really looking forward to doing a 2nd North American run that hits all the nooks and crannies of America, places that a lot of time get left off a traditional tour routing as they are smaller markets, and maybe route way off the the main highways that run through the states.

“I’m excited as fuck to get back to places like Missoula, Montana, Minot, North Dakota, Ft Wayne, Nashville, Lubbock Texas, Asheville, North Carolina…we were blown away by theses cities on the last ‘Evening With’ cycle…these places were INSANE, the fans are hungry for aggressive music, they come out and go crazy, get loose, get free, and that’s what were all about!

“Central Canada will be a rager! Cant wait to get back there and I’m actually bringing the gloves and lube for the Canadian border this time, free of charge!

“And as a sense of pride I’m definitely looking forward to making up the 6 shows we had to cancel back in February.

“I tell you what man… that last show in Pittsburgh… it was one of the roughest shows of my life. It’s one of the most helpless feelings in the world, losing your voice onstage. There’s no ‘powering through it’, there no ‘manning up’, and while I hardly consider myself the most manly-man out there, I hold myself to an impossibly high standard when it comes to performing. I want to fucking crush it every night, I want to blow people away every night. And when I can’t, it really is a feeling of complete powerlessness.

“That goddamn viral bronchitis lasted 7 weeks! It kicked my ass! But that shit is gone now, and we’re ready to kick ass again, so Head Cases of North America, I ask you…are you ready? ARE YOU READY?! Cause we’re ready to rage!!!”

Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages available today-only at Tickets go on sale everywhere this Friday July, 13 at 10 am local time via Confirmed dates are as follows:

The Tour Dates:
10/04 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
10/06 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
10/08 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
10/09 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
10/10 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis
10/12 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
10/13 – Minot, ND – The Original
10/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *make-up date*
10/17 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *make-up date*
10/18 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *make-up date*
10/19 – Kansas City, MO – Truman
10/20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/22 – Cleveland, OH – Agora *make-up date*
10/23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
10/24 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre *make-up date*
10/26 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
10/27 – Columbus, OH – Newport
10/29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *make-up date*
10/30 – Hartford, CT – The Webster
10/31 – Huntington, NY – Paramount
11/02 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland
11/03 – Richmond, VA – National
11/04 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
11/07 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
11/09 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
11/10 – Nashville, KY – Exit In
11/11 – Charlotte, NC – Underground
11/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
11/14 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
11/16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
11/17 – Austin, TX – Emos
11/18 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
11/20 – Tuscon, AZ – Club X
11/21 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
11/23 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
11/24 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst

Catharsis was produced by Robb Flynn and recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. Mastering was handled by Ted Jensen (HATEBREED, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound, New York, NY. Cover photography was created by Seanen Middleton.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Sadly, I missed the band that first time around myself, so am hoping to get over to the show at Starland or in Huntington. Let’s see what happens when the time draws closer. “Catharsis” as an album has been a divisive one in terms of public reception and I will admit that I liked some but not all of it. With Machine Head doing the shows alone you know full well that they are going to focus on their classic and most brutalizing years so don’t worry about hearing songs you aren’t behind. Just go for another drink or to the bathroom when something you don’t go crazy for begins. I did hear that the first leg of shows were throttling one and expect no less from the second leg. What do you think about this latest tour? Did you catch Machine Head that first time and will you be heading back ? Chime in down below.

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