Like every artist in the metal world, Machine Head took a hard hit in early 2020 as the coronavirus swept across the planet and canceled all live music events. The band postponed their Burn My Eyes anniversary tour in Europe due to the mounting safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, only to reschedule them for later in the year. Now Machine Head have released a statement saying that not only are all of their rescheduled tour dates canceled, but that they’re also postponing all future live performances “indefinitely.”
“It is with great disappointment and frustration that we must inform everyone of the (not so shocking news) that the due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, rescheduled tour dates for 2020 of both Europe and Australia have been cancelled,” said frontman Robb Flynn in a statement on the band’s website.
“These dates will not be rescheduled a third time, and all Machine Head tour dates have been pushed back indefinitely.
“Venues unable to open or currently operate at capacity, along with travel restrictions, and potential quarantines has forced this decision onto us. At the moment, zero venues on the tour have been allowed to reopen, and are not expected to for the foreseeable future. As the Coronavirus continues to ravage the world, 17 of the 19 countries for the EU tour have banned US citizens, and vice-versa.
“As you will know the majority of these dates have been rescheduled once already from the original onset of the pandemic, but without any sign of a likely time when these shows can be playable or a miraculous vaccine appearing, we are making the responsible decision to cancel all our forthcoming shows.
“Full refunds will be available from point of purchase.”
Robb went on to say that he and the band are doing their best to come up with a solution for what has been a harrowing situation for him and the band.
“As I have implied to you all, we lost a staggering amount of money on the US tour, money we were hoping to make up on the 2nd EU run. And while you absolutely made it worth it, as each and everyone of you crazy motherfuckers who came out to the U.S. shows gave your blood, sweat, and tears (beers) for this band, now that these dates are officially off the table, we’re gonna have to tighten our belts, and dig in for the long haul.
“On behalf of both the band and management, I want you all to know how grateful we are for your continued support of Machine Head, it was a genuinely amazing doing this last go round of “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary dates for you all. People often say metal fans are the most loyal and passionate in the world, Head Cases are that TIMES TEN!!!”