The Eighth Plague Tour

The Eighth Plague Tour
Tour by Machine Head
Associated album Unto the Locust
Start date November 1, 2011
End date December 14, 2012
Legs 5
No. of shows

53 in North America
58 in Europe
7 in Australia

12 cancellations
1 rescheduled

The Eighth Plague Tour was a concert tour by American Heavy metal band Machine Head.[1]
Supports in the first leg of Europe was come from the bands Bring Me the Horizon, Devildriver and Darkest Hour. Robb Flynn made a statement saying that: "This will no doubt be the heaviest show you're going to see this year. A lot of the greatest shows of our last touring cycle were in Europe and the UK, so the prospect of this lineup combined with these crowds has us extremely stoked to get out there and tear it up! New material, great venues, killer fans... we absolutely cannot wait!"[2]

The tour continues through North America, with Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour and Rise to Remain, beginning January 15, 2012 in Denver.[3][4] Machine Head was playing on the 2012's Australian Soundwave Festival.[5]

On January 29, 2012 in Buffalo, New York Machine Head invited a 13-year-old fan onstage to play the song Aesthetics of Hate, from The Blackening album. Anthony Potenza was holding a sign that read "Let This 13-Year-Old Play 'Aesthetics of Hate' With You", and the band took him up on it.[6]

On the summer of 2012, the band was playing at music festivals and headline shows in Europe.[7] Evile supported the band on their two Irish dates. Besides this dates, Machine Head was the opening act for Metallica, on several European dates.[8] In August, the band was playing for the first ever Slipknot's music festival Knotfest.[9]

On 11 August the band played and Headlined Bloodstock Open Air in England for the first time. The band played a special set commemorating the 20th Anniversary of bands first ever Live performance so the fans chose 5 songs from their debut album Burn My Eyes

On September 10, 2012, the band announced a second leg of North American tour. The trek kicks off on October 24 with a “warm up show” in Louisville, Kentucky, 2 massive radio festivals in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, and then begins with Dethklok on October 30 at The Norva in Norfolk, Virginia and will hit 33 cities before wrapping on December 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.[10]

For the third time in a row, the corporate powers behind Walt Disney Properties have once again pressured promoter Live Nation into cancelling Machine Head‘s performance at a House of Blues venue on Disney property, this time the December 4th show in Orlando, FL, say the band in a statement: “While no one is willing to provide evidence that would prove unfavorable to Disney, sources close to events have suggested that Machine Head remains on a “banned list”, and while Dethklok, All That Remains and Black Dahlia Murder will still be allowed to play, the corporate powers at Disney have refused to allow Machine Head to perform."[11]

On November 13, 2012, Machine Head was exit their North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and Black Dahlia Murder due to matters completely beyond their control. Frontman Robb Flynn must have emergency surgery. Flynn had planned to go under the knife in January after completing the tour as he has been playing through the pain of a double inguinal hernia since the tour started in October. He had hoped to continue the tour despite extreme discomfort, but it's become too difficult to continue on. Flynn will undergo surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14 in Minneapolis before returning home to California to recover, rest and recuperate. Machine Head will rejoin the tour in Portland, Oregon.[12]

This tour was the last with Adam Duce.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
November 1, 2011 Oslo Norway Sentrum Scene
November 3, 2011 Stockholm Sweden Fryshuset
November 5, 2011 Tampere Finland Tampere-talo
November 6, 2011 Helsinki The Circus
November 8, 2011 Copenhagen Denmark Amager Bio
November 9, 2011 Hamburg Germany Grosse Freiheit 36
November 10, 2011 Dresden Alter Schlachthof
November 12, 2011 Vienna Austria Gasometer
November 13, 2011 Milan Italy Alcatraz
November 15, 2011 Barcelona Spain Razzmatazz
November 16, 2011 Madrid La Riviera
November 17, 2011 Lisbon Portugal Coliseu dos Recreios
November 18, 2011 Oporto Coliseu do Porto
November 19, 2011 Bilbao Spain Rockstar Live
November 21, 2011 Zurich Switzerland Volkshaus
November 23, 2011 Paris France Le Zénith
November 24, 2011 Neu-Isenburg Germany Hugenottenhalle
November 25, 2011 Munich Tonhalle
November 26, 2011 Ludwigsburg Arena Ludwigsburg
November 28, 2011 Tilburg Netherlands 013
November 29, 2011 Brussels Belgium Forest National
November 30, 2011 Oberhausen Germany Turbinenhalle
December 1, 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
December 3, 2011 London England Wembley Arena
December 4, 2011 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
December 5, 2011 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
December 6, 2011 Manchester England Manchester Central Convention Complex
North America
January 15, 2012 Denver, Colorado United States Summit Music Hall
January 17, 2012 Sauget, Illinois Pop's
January 19, 2012 Saint Paul, Minnesota Station 4
January 20, 2012 Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Rave
January 21, 2012 Royal Oak, Michigan Royal Oak Music Theatre
January 22, 2012 Chicago, Illinois House of Blues
January 24, 2012 Columbus, Ohio Newport Music Hall
January 26, 2012 Portland, Maine State Theater
January 27, 2012 Montreal, Quebec Canada Métropolis
January 28, 2012 Toronto, Ontario The Sound Academy
January 29, 2012 Buffalo, New York United States Town Ballroom
January 31, 2012 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Stage AE
February 1, 2012 Baltimore, Maryland Rams Head Live!
February 2, 2012 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Trocadero Theatre
February 3, 2012 New York City, New York Best Buy Theater
February 4, 2012 Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester Palladium
February 6, 2012 Norfolk, Virginia Norva Theater
February 7, 2012 Charlotte, North Carolina The Fillmore Charlotte
February 9, 2012 Atlanta, Georgia Masquerade
February 10, 2012 New Orleans, Louisiana House of Blues
February 11, 2012 Houston, Texas House of Blues
February 12, 2012 San Antonio, Texas Backstage Live
February 13, 2012 Dallas, Texas House of Blues
February 15, 2012 Farmington, New Mexico Top Deck
February 16, 2012 Tucson, Arizona Rialto Theater
February 17, 2012 Hollywood, California Avalon
February 18, 2012 San Francisco, California The Warfield
Australia ("Soundwave Festival")
February 25, 2012 Brisbane Australia RNA Showgrounds
February 26, 2012 Sydney Olympic Park
February 28, 2012[A] Melbourne Palace Theater
February 29, 2012[A] Sydney UNSW Roundhouse
March 2, 2012 Melbourne Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
March 3, 2012 Adelaide Bonython Park
March 5, 2012 Perth Claremont Showgrounds
Europe, Leg#2
May 7, 2012[B] Prague Czech Republic Synot Tip Arena
May 8, 2012[B] Belgrade Serbia Ušće Park
May 10, 2012 Warsaw Poland Sonisphere Festival
May 13, 2012[B] Udine Italy Stadio Friuli
May 25, 2012 Madrid Spain Sonisphere Festival
May 28, 2012 Belfast Northern Ireland Ulster Hall
May 30, 2012 Dublin Ireland Olympia Theatre
June 1, 2012 Nürburg Germany Rock am Ring
June 2, 2012 Nijmegen Netherlands Fortarock Festival
June 3, 2012 Nuremberg Germany Rock im Park
June 4, 2012 Helsinki Finland Sonisphere Festival
June 8, 2012 Leicestershire England Download Festival
June 9, 2012 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival
June 14, 2012 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
June 15, 2012 Gothenburg Metaltown Festival
June 16, 2012 Clisson France Hellfest
June 23, 2012 Basel Switzerland Earshaker Days Festival
June 24, 2012 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
June 29, 2012 Löbnitz Germany With Full Force
June 30, 2012 Bucharest Romania Rock The City Festival
July 1, 2012 Athens Greece Rockwave Festival
July 5, 2012 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
July 7, 2012 Amnéville France Sonisphere Festival
July 31, 2012 Osijek Croatia Dvorište Vega
August 2, 2012 Székesfehérvár Hungary Fezen Festival
August 3, 2012 Kostrzyn nad Odrą Poland Przystanek Woodstock
August 4, 2012 Wacken Germany Wacken Open Air
August 5, 2012 Lokeren Belgium Lokeren Feesten
August 6, 2012 Tolmin Slovenia Metalcamp
August 10, 2012 Jaroměř Czech Republic Brutal Assault
August 11, 2012 Walton-upon-Trent England Bloodstock Open Air
United States
August 17, 2012 Pacific Junction, Iowa United States Knotfest
August 18, 2012 Somerset, Wisconsin
North America, Leg#2
October 24, 2012 Louisville, Kentucky United States Headliner's
October 26, 2012 Orlando, Florida WJRR Halloweenie Roast
October 27, 2012 Tampa, Florida 98ROCK Halloweenie Roast
October 30, 2012 Norfolk, Virginia Norva Theatre
October 31, 2012 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Electric Factory
November 2, 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland The Fillmore Silver Spring
November 4, 2012 Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester Palladium
November 5, 2012 Montreal, Quebec Canada Métropolis
November 7, 2012 Toronto, Ontario The Sound Academy
November 8, 2012 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States Stage AE
November 9, 2012 Columbus, Ohio Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
November 10, 2012 Detroit, Michigan The Fillmore Detroit
November 11, 2012 Grand Rapids, Michigan The Orbit Room
November 26, 2012 Oakland, California Fox Oakland Theatre
November 27, 2012 Los Angeles, California Hollywood Palladium
November 28, 2012 Tempe, Arizona Marquee Theatre
November 30, 2012 Dallas, Texas House of Blues
December 1, 2012 Austin, Texas Stubb's
December 2, 2012 Houston, Texas House of Blues
December 6, 2012 Chattanooga, Tennessee Track 29
December 7, 2012 Charlotte, North Carolina The Fillmore Charlotte
December 8, 2012 Atlanta, Georgia The Tabernacle
December 14, 2012 New York City, New York Roseland Ballroom
Canceled and rescheduled dates
November 3, 2012 New York City, New York Roseland Ballroom Date rescheduled to December 14, 2012.[13]
November 13, 2012 Fargo, North Dakota The Venue @ Playmaker's Date canceled.
November 14, 2012 Saint Paul, Minnesota Myth Date canceled.
November 15, 2012 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Eagles Ballroom Date canceled.
November 16, 2012 Chicago, Illinois Aragon Ballroom Date canceled.
November 17, 2012 Kansas City, Missouri The Midland by AMC Date canceled.
November 18, 2012 Saint Louis, Missouri The Pageant Date canceled.
November 20, 2012 Denver, Colorado The Fillmore Auditorium Date canceled.
November 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, Utah The Great Saltair Date canceled.
November 23, 2012 Seattle, Washington Showbox at the Market Date canceled.
November 24, 2012 Portland, Oregon Roseland Theatre Date canceled.
December 4, 2012 Orlando, Florida House of Blues Date canceled.[14]
December 7–10, 2011 Miami, Florida Mayhem Festival Cruise Date canceled.[15]



Support acts


  2. Machine Head announce The Eighth Plague Tour.
  26. [co-headliner]
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