Machine Head are currently ready to head out on the Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour with a lineup that includes bandleader Rob Flynn and returning members Logan Mader and Chris Kontos (after the 2018 departure of Phil Demmel and Dave McClain).
Today, October 1st, the group announced that they've also settled on a lineup for the present and future once the Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour is complete. Decapitated guitarist Vogg Kiełtyka and U.K. drummer Matt Alston (Devilment, Eastern Front) will be joining the crew to perform the first set of the evening on the upcoming "evening with" style performances, with Mader and Kontos coming out for the second half. Kiełtyka and Alston will then stay on as permanent members following the extensive tour's wrap-up in June 2020.
"It is an honor to perform alongside Matt and Vogg," Flynn announced in a statement. "These two are straight up elite-level players, and fucking beasts on-stage, I cannot wait for the Head Cases of the world get crushed by the heaviness that they will bring!"
As for the players themselves, Vogg says, "It's a huge honour to be able to play at the same stage with the mighty Machine Head. I grew up on their music and when I heard I will join them on this tour, I was literally stoked! ... Machine Head is not just a band, it's an institution who has still a big influence on how all metal scene looks like, so for me as a musician and also a metal fan it's something special to be able to be a small part of it."
Alston adds to the conversation, "I'm honoured to announce that I will be playing drums for Machine Head for the next world tour cycle alongside Chris Kontos on their Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary tour." As a tech who has already toured extensively with the band, he says it's an opportunity he "never would have imagined while growing up & listening to their music."
The Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour begins on October 5th in Germany – a full list of dates can be found here.