Machine Head Triumphant at Sole U.S. Headlining Show of 2009
Two and a half years into the touring cycle for 'The Blackening,' Machine Head have gotten used to playing 40 minute sets, having done stints on the Mayhem Fest and opening for Metallica, among others. The Crazy Donkey show gave them a chance to flex their live muscles before joining up with Megadeth later that week. And flex they did, playing a 90-minute, 13 song set spanning their 15-year career. After well-received sets from openers Mutiny Within, This or the Apocalypse and Thy Will Be Done, the 850-capacity club was at a fever pitch as the headliner launched into 'Imperium.'
All the time Machine Head has spent on the road has obviously paid off for them. The band was firing on all cylinders throughout the performance, which was being recorded for broadcast on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal channel (or 'Serius,' as a sign the club taped up around the room said). Guitarist Phil Demmel had promised the show would be "insane," and they delivered, with the set encompassing their entire career and featuring songs from all six of their albums.
Vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn seemed grateful, recalling the last time the band had been at the club and thanking the audience for making it out to the rescheduled show even though "you have work or school tomorrow." While they'll have toured for three years by the time the cycle for 'The Blackening' is done, the Crazy Donkey show will likely be remembered by both the band and fans as one of their most memorable shows.
Machine Head set list
'Ten Ton Hammer'
'None But My Own'
'Aesthetics Of Hate'
'The Burning Red'
'Struck A Nerve'