San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will perform at the Theatre Club on in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel on March 10, 2008. Opening the show will be BETZEFER.
As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel — who sat out several dates on the San Francisco Bay Area metal act's European tour due to the death of his father — rejoined his bandmates for the final show of "The Black Crusade" trek Friday night (December 14) in Helsinki, Finland. Check out photos of the performance at HardcoreSounds.Net.
For the concerts that MACHINE HEAD played without Demmel, they received assistance from members of "The Black Crusade" tourmates TRIVIUM, ARCH ENEMY and DRAGONFORCE, enabling the group to perform an abbreviated set without canceling the remainder of the tour.
During MACHINE HEAD's December 7, 2007 performance in Zurich, frontman Robb Flynn dedicated the song "Descend the Shades of Night" to everyone who has lost someone important in his/her life, and informed the crowd that MACHINE HEAD had just lost a family member of its own, adding that the song would be played in Phil's father's honor. Demmel reportedly cried while he played the solo to the track, which Flynn had previously described as "an eight-minute elegy on death."
(Thanks: Metal Israel)