The Mayor of Albuquerque Voted In A Machine Head Hoodie

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Metalheads are an especially fun bunch when it comes to doing something ‘presentable.’ Whether it’s going to the airport, making a court date, or just taking their niece out for ice cream, metal fans will find a way to wear something with a big ol’ ‘SLAYER’ emblazoned across it in bloody font. Case in point, Albuquerque’s metalhead mayor went to vote — and made sure to do it in a Machine Head hoodie.

It’s well known that Tim Keller, the Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a metal fan — he’s been seen at Metallica shows and has signed bills in Pantera Christmas sweaters. Now, Keller has posted pictures of himself taking part in the democratic process wearing a Machine Head hoodie, thereby creating the strange ouroboros of a metalhead politician repping metal while taking part in the political process.

Check out these photos from Keller’s Twitter, posted on Halloween:

Good on Tim for voting, and then probably driving away with “Clenching The Fists of Dissent” blasting out of his car as he went.

On assumes Tim is gearing up for next week, as Machine Head are scheduled drop a new track on November 13th, for which they’ve released the teaser trailer below:

Sadly, Machine Head won’t be rolling through ABQ any time soon — or anywhere else. In August, the band were forced to announce that all of the band’s future shows would be indefinitely postponed until normalcy resumes.

“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.”


Words by Chris Krovatin