MACHINE HEAD have announced that they will have to temporarily leave their current North American tour with DETHKLOK, ALL THAT REMAINS and BLACK DAHLIA MURDER due to frontman Robb Flynn being forced to have emergency surgery.
According to the band’s website: “Flynn had planned to go under the knife in January after completing the tour as he has been playing through the pain of a double inguinal hernia since the tour started in October. He had hoped to continue the tour despite extreme discomfort, but it’s become too difficult to continue on.”
Flynn will undergo surgery today, Wednesday, November 14th in Minneapolis, MN before returning home to California to recover, rest and recuperate. Machine Head will rejoin the tour on November 24th in Portland, OR.
Flynn has released the following statement regarding his health:
“I’ve been toughing out an inguinal hernia below my waistline since June of last year, and a few months ago got a second hernia in my nuts. What basically happens is my guts drop into my nuts, and it looks like I have a third testicle (man, I can hear the jokes already!) It hasn’t been that painful, and I’ve gone to the doctor a few times to take care of it, but he said after surgery I probably couldn’t sing for a few weeks, and since that wasn’t going to happen, I scheduled it for January when I had a break.
Unfortunately, after the last few shows, my guts have been very swollen and hard to push back in. Yesterday, the pain was excruciating and I went to the emergency room last night. They said that I need surgery.
I will be doing my damnedest to rejoin the tour in a couple weeks. Thanks to all the fans, bands, and crew for understanding. I’m determined to see you all soon and finish what has been a great freakin’ tour!”
Remaining dates on the tour are listed below:
14 – Myth – St. Paul, MN*
15 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI*
16 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL*
17 – the Midland by AMC – Kansas City, MO*
18 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO*
20 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO*
21 – The Great Saltair – Salt Lake City, UT*
23 – Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA *
24 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
26 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
27 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
28 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
30 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
1 – Stubb’s Amphitheater – Austin, TX
2 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
6 – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
7 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
8 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
* – without MACHINE HEAD