Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Calls for Truce With Edsel Dope
As quickly as the war of words between Machine Head's Robb Flynn and Dope frontman Edsel Dope began, it is mercifully over. Flynn has now extended an olive branch, effectively burying the spat, which began when fans accused Machine Head of ripping off Dope's "Die MF Die" on their new song "Do or Die," which was released last Friday (Oct. 11).
In summary, Flynn lashed out at the online community that had given him flak over the lyrical content of "Do or Die," from "cringeworthy" words about trolls and memes to the similarities between his new song and Dope's classic track. He asked, "Who the fuck listens to Dope?" and Edsel caught wind, issuing a response of his own.
In Edsel's reply, he pointed out the Dope have more monthly listeners on Spotify than Machine Head and that "Die MF Die," the band's most streamed song, has roughly 30 million more plays than Machine Head's most popular track on the streaming platform.
"I stand corrected," Flynn stated in a new Instagram post, where he also expressed he's "got nothing against Dope at all" and sincerely did not realize that the band was still together. He further recalled their shared pile of cocaine in Oakland in 1999 where the two then began talking about touring together.
He later congratulated Dope on being together for so long and invited any member of the band to hang out at any upcoming Machine Head show, even offering for Edsel to sing "Do or Die" with the band onstage.
Read Flynn's complete message below.
Saw your response. ⠀
Thanks for the compliments. ⠀
Spotify stats…? Hey, I stand corrected. Apparently there’s a lot of motherfuckers still listening to Dope out there. ⠀
Good for you man.⠀
Though disturbingly CrazyTown’s “Butterfly” has us both beat, but I digress.⠀
Got nothing against Dope at all. Not trying to sound like a douche here, (our bands have not intersected in decades), but I literally didn’t know that you guys were a band anymore. So when your fans started spamming our Facebook / Insta feed about our new song ripping you guys off, I was like huh…?⠀
I actually have fond memories of you and I doing enormous amounts of cocaine on my bus in Oklahoma at some radio show back in 1999 and having a wildly coked-out conversation about doing a tour together that never materialized. In fact I just ran into your former(current? now in Misfits) guitar player Acey at the Slipknot show and he invited all of us into the Misfits.⠀
I have a pretty dark sense of humor, I was literally laughing hysterically when I wrote the first thing that I wrote. Trolling the trolls if you will. It wasn’t aimed at you or even Dope. The second photo of the girl I thought was just cute, and was my way of saying “hey good one”, or, “ya got me!”.⠀
That your band is still on tour and doing well 20 years later is fucking awesome Edsel. As someone who knows the challenges of sticking it out this long in the music business, I’m happy for you. ⠀
I’ll take this moment right now to extend the olive branch to you and your band, that any Machine Head show coming up anywhere in the world, that you guys want to come and hang at, you are welcome to. Have some beers, vodka, champagne, whatever (I’ll have to pass on the cocaine) just say the word, and I’ll make it happen. Maybe you could even come up and sing the “Do Or Die” with us. ⠀
Totally understand if you want to pass in light of everything, but the offer stands.⠀
Peace and love bro⠀
Next year, Machine Head will embark on a special tour, playing a standard set as well as the band's debut album, Burn My Eyes, in its entirety. See those dates below and get more info here.
Machine Head 2020 North American Tour Dates
Jan. 16 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Van Buren
Jan. 18 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ El Rey
Jan. 20 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
Jan. 21 - San Antonio, Texas @ Aztec Theatre
Jan. 22 - Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
Jan. 26 - Orlando, Fla. @ House of Blues
Jan. 27 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution
Jan. 28 - Tampa, Fla. @ Ritz Ybor
Jan. 30 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage
Jan. 31 - Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
Feb. 1 - New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
Feb. 4 - Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall
Feb. 5 - Montreal, Quebec @ Corona Theatre
Feb. 7 - Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
Feb. 8 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom
Feb. 9 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Theater
Feb. 11 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ The Vogue
Feb. 12 - Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom
Feb. 14 - Detroit, Mich. @ Crofoot
Feb. 15 - Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
Feb. 16 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Skyway Theatre
Feb. 18 - Denver, Colo. @ The Gothic Theatre
Feb. 19 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
Feb. 21 - Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
Feb. 22 - Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
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