Machine Head Set Disrupted After Beer Thrown on Soundboard
For reasons unexplained, someone in attendance at a Machine Head show in London doused the soundboard in beer, disrupting the band's show. Thanks to some quick thinking and rigging by their sound engineer, the show was back on, though with compromised audio quality.
Machine Head have elected to break their set into two parts, performing various album tracks with their new lineup, later bringing out classic members to play Burn My Eyes in full. The beer-throwing incident came during the performance of the group's debut album and the events were detailed in full in a lengthy post on the Machine Head Facebook page.
Now, here's what we will never understand — if you just purchased a beer at hiked venue prices, why on earth would you throw it? The fact that it was a full 32 oz. beer, per Machine Head, only makes things more puzzling. We also don't get the U.K. past time of spitting on bands you actually like, so maybe there's something we're missing here.
Regardless, you can read exactly what happened below and watch fan-shot footage of the incident and the aftermath toward the bottom of the page.
LONDON!! Last night was tough.
First off: We want to thank every single person who attended last nights incredible show. Selling out Brixton Academy in 8 hours, was quite frankly mind-blowing! It was unfortunate that some asshole had to throw a full 32 ounce beer on our soundboard, and completely take it out of commission during the 'Burn My Eyes' set. Your patience and respect to us, and each other, during the whole 20 minute debacle was admirable, and we can't thank you enough.⠀
It did however compromise the rest of the show, and for that we are incredibly sorry. You deserved better than that, and due to consequences beyond our control, we could not deliver that.⠀
Our awesome crew, and specifically our bad ass soundman Steve Lagudi, scrambled to reroute everything over to our monitor board, and as you all know, after a 20 minute break, we were miraculously able to finish the show. Had he not been so quick on his feet about what to do, the show likely could never have finished.⠀
Please give Steve a GIGANTIC thank you in the comments below for saving the fucking day!⠀
We are also incredibly thankful to Andy Coppings crew at the O2 Academy for stepping up big time. Josh Rosen the general manager of the Brixton was fucking incredible, he let us play a half an hour over the EXTREMELY strict curfew, and all of the venue security volunteered their time to allow us to finish the show, out of respect for the band, and our long 25 year history with the Brixton.⠀
It was beyond humbling.⠀
Please give Josh and his crew a MASSIVE thank you in the comments below for helping save the fucking show last night!⠀
We do understand the venue sound was completely compromised for the remainder of the set, and again that is very, very disappointing to us⠀
And while we were able to pull it all together at the end, we really feel like we need to do something special to make it up to the people who attended. ⠀
London deserves better than that. ⠀
We are so grateful for everyone who came out last night to celebrate this amazing moment in Machine Head history. It was a stark and vivid reminder of why you are some of the greatest Head Cases on the entire planet!
Machine Head's tour revisiting Burn My Eyes will come to North America in January. View the complete list of dates below and listen to the groove metal outfit's new song "Do or Die" here.
Footage: Thrown Beer Disrupts Machine Head Set
Machine Head 2020 North American Tour
Jan. 16 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Van Buren
Jan. 18 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ El Rey
Jan. 20 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
Jan. 21 - San Antonio, Texas @ Aztec Theatre
Jan. 22 - Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
Jan. 26 - Orlando, Fla. @ House of Blues
Jan. 27 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution
Jan. 28 - Tampa, Fla. @ Ritz Ybor
Jan. 30 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage
Jan. 31 - Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
Feb. 01 - New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
Feb. 04 - Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall
Feb. 05 - Montreal, Quebec @ Corona Theatre
Feb. 07 - Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
Feb. 08 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom
Feb. 09 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Theater
Feb. 11 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ The Vogue
Feb. 12 - Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom
Feb. 14 - Detroit, Mich. @ Crofoot
Feb. 15 - Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
Feb. 16 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Skyway Theatre
Feb. 18 - Denver, Colo. @ The Gothic Theatre
Feb. 19 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
Feb. 21 - Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
Feb. 22 - Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
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