When Cops Tried To Stop Machine Head’s First Show, Robb Flynn Refused To Let Them In And Sported A ‘F**k the police’ Shirt

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Over on his Instagram, Robb Flynn has shared a post reflecting on the first ever Machine Head show that took place 30 years ago today. 30 years is a real long time, and throughout their career, Machine Head have kicked major ass!

The band released their debut studio album Burn My Eyes in 1994, and as of this month, they will be releasing their tenth album Of Kingdom and Crown. In reflecting on the band’s first show, Robb Flynn talks about the house he played in, what songs he performed, and how eventually the cops showed up (but he refused to let them in). Per the caption associated with Flynn’s photo:

“30 years ago today Machine Head played our first show at a house party on Woolsey Street in Oakland, CA. House party, Isn’t really the right word, our friend / man-of-many-hats Mike Scum was getting evicted, so as a fuck you to his landlord it was a ‘destroy-the-house-party’ with Machine Head as the soundtrack

“House parties and kegger parties weren’t anything new to me at this point. Back when I was in Forbidden all the early shows we ever played were backyard parties, living room parties, community centers, VFW halls. There was always an insane vibe doing shows like that, and I wanted to recreate that feeling, especially since a couple of my guys were green AF and playing their very first shows ever. It was Tony Costanza on drums, Logan Mader on guitar, Adam Duce on bass.

“Can’t remember the order, but set list would’ve been ‘death church’, ‘a thousand lies’, ‘blood for blood’, ‘nation on fire’ maybe ‘rage to overcome'(?), ‘fuck it all’, and Cro Mags ‘hard times’, possibly Poison Idea ‘Alan’s on fire’. ‘Davidian’ wouldn’t be written for almost another year.

“Across the street from Mike was an infamous punk rock house, called The Woolsey House, and all of them came over and gleefully took part in the destruction. Many a hammer was punched into the walls. We bought several kegs, and raged HARD. When the police eventually came, I proudly walked up to his glass front door sporting my ‘fuck the police’ shirt, and refused to let them in since they didn’t have the authority to enter.

“It was a hell of a way to start this journey all that time ago… Kinda blown away that I’m about to drop a new album in 2 weeks, and that anybody still gives a shit about the band. If your still here all these decades later… thank you from the bottom of my blackened heart for going on this wild ride with me.”

Congratulations Robb on 30 years of Machine Head!


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