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MACHINE HEAD: Robb Flynn reunited with stolen guitars

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Back in 2010 Robb Flynn’s Martinez, CA house was burglarized. Stolen with the cash, jewelry, and other items were four guitars, and amongst these four was easily one of his most meaningful possession, a 1997 Washburn Dimebolt guitar that was given to him onstage at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, by the late-great PANTERA guitarist, Dimebag Darrel.

Last night, some six years later, it was returned to him along with an un-released Epiphone prototype.

How?

When Holly Cherry put a $10 dollar online bid to buy an unclaimed storage unit in San Bernardino, she had no idea what she would find. Tucked away in said storage unit she discovered that it had two electric guitars. So like anyone she went about getting a valuation on them, luckily the un-released Epiphone Signature Series prototype had Robb Flynn’s autograph on the back. Using the Google Translate App to take a photo of the name it eventually pulled up various stories on the theft.

Emailing some photos over to Bryan Kehoe at Jim Dunlop Strings and Pedals (long-time sponsors of MACHINE HEAD). Bryan then forwarded the pics to Robb’s high school buddy Craig Locicero who Robb performed with in the band FORBIDDEN before MACHINE HEAD who contacted Robb.

Opening the email, Flynn was stunned to find photos of two of the four guitars, including the beloved Dimebolt. Flynn explained, “I’ve had so many false leads over the last 6 years I can’t even tell you, literally hundreds, and while was grateful for everyone’s enthusiasm in helping find them, but I had kind of given up hope.” Adds Flynn, “you can imagine my shock when that email came through and it was really them! I was sitting in our son Wyatt’s gymnastics class waiting for it to start and I blurted out ‘HOLY S**T, they found my guitars!’ My kids laughed and said ‘what what?’”

Contacting Holly, she agreed to meet Robb in Oakland where the guitars were returned, miraculously, in near perfect condition considering they were stolen without a case, and only missing one volume knob.

In closing Flynn added, “I’d like to thank Holly Cherry for being so amazing throughout this entire process, she truly is an outstanding human being. I’d also like to thank Officer Ian Leong of the Martinez Police Dept. who has stayed on the case for over 6 years, and has been unrelenting in hunting down the thieves. Lastly huge, huge, HUGE props go out to Craig Locicero and Bryan Kehoe for contacting me with this info, and also to Chris Wallace and Wes Anderson for connecting the dots. The Ibanez guitar that I used to write and record MACHINE HEAD’s debut Burn My Eyes is still out there missing, so I’m asking all the Head Cases to keep their eyes peeled. But for now, the Dimebolt is home and it’s moments like these that make you believe man, they make you believe!”

Watch video of Robb recovering his guitars from Holly, here.

The original KTVU news broadcast about Robb’s stolen guitars can also be viewed at the following location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWFuyEYd0ao

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TERROR UNIVERSAL, Feat. Former and Current Members of MACHINE HEAD, ILL NINO & SOULFLY, Unleash “Welcome To Hell” Free Download + Lyric Video

TERROR UNIVERSAL, Feat. Former and Current Members of MACHINE HEAD, ILL NINO & SOULFLY, Unleash “Welcome To Hell” Free Download + Lyric Video

 

Download the Track for Free via TERROR UNIVERSAL’s Website

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Born in a dark galaxy of terror, Horror Metal cannibals TERROR UNIVERSAL, featuring current and former members of Machine Head, Ill Nino, Soulfly, are announcing their imminent and horrendous takeover!

In preparation for their impending worldwide domination, a free download of TERROR UNIVERSAL’s debut track “Welcome To Hell” is available on the band’s official website,  http://www.terroruniversal.com/. “Welcome To Hell” is mixed by Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Cradle Of Filth, Ill Nino). The track is cut from the band’s upcoming EP, Reign of Terror, and can also be experienced via lyric video format here: http://youtu.be/2pCJhDey9XI

Loudwire posted an early news clip this morning with all of the details on the download – read here: http://loudwire.com/terror-universal-welcome-to-hell-free-download/

 

“We are here to inflict terror and fear upon the masses. Our thirst for blood is eternal…” bellows drummer MASSACRE. Equally horrific lead guitarist DIABOLUS wants you to know, “We are TERROR UNIVERSAL. We are everything that you loath and we are everything that you fear. We have come to (take/devour) your souls.”

TERROR UNIVERSAL just wrapped up their first European tour (Nov/Dec 2014), supporting ILL NINO, and will be soon announcing international and U.S. tour dates for 2015.

Terror is coming your way… stay tuned for more details on the band, their upcoming EP, and new tour dates soon. As for the humans behind the masks… keep your eyes peeled…

Learn more about TERROR UNIVERSAL via these websites:

Website: http://www.terroruniversal.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terroruniversalofficial

Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/terroruniversal3

Twitter: https://twitter.com/terroruniversal

TERROR UNIVERSAL is:

Vocals: ROTT

Drums: MASSACRE

Lead Guitar: DIABOLUS

Guitars: THRAX

MOLTEN METAL: Mayhem in San Bernardino, CA

 

 

My favorite time of the year, the annual MayhemFest, kicked off its 6th tour in San Bernardino on June 29th, 2013. What better way to spend a scorching hot summer day than with thousands of sweaty metalheads in the dirt and completely unleash the beast within!  This year’s lineup was extra HEAVY! I caught full sets of BattleCross, Son of Osirus, Machine Head, and Children of Bodom on both the Jagermeister stage and the Musician Institute stage. I also caught a few songs from Job For a Cowboy‘s set, which I enjoyed tremendously. My green VIP wrist band gave me access backstage, where I ran into a few of my favorite metal dudes. Right before Machine Head was to hit the stage, I saw Phil Demmel and we started talking.  All of a sudden, Jason Hook of Five Finger Death Punch rides up on a green dirt bike. I stopped him and asked him to join us in a photo-op and he was down!  Totally surreal and way cool of him! Everyone was in a good mood despite the heat!  Machine Head really killed it with a powerful performance and killer stage set up. I was rocking out on stage with them, looking out at the sea of metalheads crowd surfing to the almighty Rob Flynn.  The crowd surfing was out of control!  I have never seen so many girls crowd surf at a metal show.  Everyone was going nuts, but at the same time making sure no one was getting hurt.  Backstage, I ran into Mike Faley of Metal Blade Records. He was keeping cool in a seat in the shade.  I told him how sick BatterCross’s performance was and he agreed!  In a previous interview I had with Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records, he mentioned how much he liked BattleCross and to keep a look out for them this summer. He was right, I was blown away. I bought a CD and a T-shirt form the lead singer, Kyle “Gumby” Gunther and had the band sign it! I am digging the new BattleCross album “War of Will.”   It’s intense!  Another band I’ve never seen live that I am now totally into is Born of Osiris! Pretty powerful how they mix in beats and keyboard! Children of Bodom played last on the Music Institute Stage. Alexi Laiho can do no wrong. He is the ultimate shredder! Continue reading

THE SIXTH ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ARTIST LINEUP

 

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ROB ZOMBIE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, MASTODON, AMON AMARTH, MACHINE HEAD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, BEHEMOTH AND MANY MORE

 
Tickets Go On Sale Friday March 22nd at 12 Noon

Tour Starts June 29th In San Bernardino, CA

(BEVERLY HILLS, CA) March 18th – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the world’s biggest hard and heavy music touring festival announces its electrifying sixth-year lineup. Artists performing on the 2013 thunderous fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTHJOB FOR A COWBOYEMMURE,BORN OF OSIRISMOTIONLESS IN WHITEBUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSSHUNTRESSTHROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June). Continue reading

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