List: Robb Flynn of Machine Head Shares Favorite Live Records
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:55:30
Machine Head slay any stage that they invade.
Somehow, they've only gotten more fierce, fiery, and focused over the years, and their forthcoming two-disc epic, Machine F**king Head Live, illuminates that in flames and blood. Recorded over 2011 and 2012 during their tours in support of Unto the Locust, it's one of the best live records heavy metal has ever seen from one of its greatest live acts. You'll need to get it on November 13, 2012 to hear it for yourself though…
About the record, singer and guitarist Robb Flynn smiles, "The fan energy is key. The band aren't the stars of the record. It's the 'Head Cases'. This record is about the Machine Head freaks. It's our trip for them. It's their moment to get the spotlight. I'm fucking blown away by the sing-a-longs."
You will be too! On ARTISTdirect.com, we have a surprise coming Monday October 22 from the band. In the meantime though, as part of an on-going interview with Robb Flynn, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to him about his favorite live records of all-time.
Check out the list below and stay tuned for more from Machine Head.
Robb Flynn of Machine Head Shares 3 Favorite Live Records
Judas Priest — Unleashed in the East
"That is it! That is the record right there. It was the first Judas Priest record I heard. I remember my friend bought it. We got it because we basically looked at the album cover and thought it was the raddest album cover we'd ever seen [Laughs]. They looked so badass, heavy, and crazy. I learned those versions of the songs. When I finally heard the original versions probably six months later, I didn't even really like them! There was so much more anger, and the guitar tones were heavier on Unleashed in the East. 'Victim of Changes' is on that, and it's phenomenal. It's jaw-dropping. It's beautiful. It's terrifying. It's so heavy. That's probably the best live record I can think of."
Black Sabbath — Live Evil
"I remember really liking Live Evil by the Ronnie James Dio-era of Black Sabbath. Even though I was into Ozzy Osbourne, I thought it was really cool."
Pantera — Official Live: 101 Proof
"I really like Pantera's Official Live: 101 Proof. I thought that was killer. It's really brutal, and the renditions of the songs are great. There's a lot of crowd. That's what I like about live records from back then. Nowadays, on most live records, you don't hear much crowd. It's pretty much just the band with a little crowd. It sounds like a studio recording.
What's your favorite live record?
See our essay on Unto the Locust here!