By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia
Live Review: Machine Head Electric Happy Hour Tour – Baltimore – 12/4/2022
A tour emanating from online jamming sessions, focusing on pure metal music and enjoying the night with beers in your hand – this is how we can describe Machine Head’s Electric Happy Hour tour. During Covid the band used to have regular online jamming session live streaming for the audience. Machine Head used to purely enjoy the shows by playing some unforgettable covers while having beers. From this the Singer/ Guitarist Robb Flynn conceptualized to put on the show on stage for the live audience – and that is how “The Electric Happy Hour” tour was born. After a successful Europe tour, Machine Head came with tours all over the US. The main focus was performing non nonsense Metal music in more intimate venues. Rock at Night was present at the Baltimore Soundstage on December 4th to witness on of the shows. And it was awesome!
There was no opening acts. Exactly at 8 PM Machine Head took the stage and the demolition began. They started with Imperium and then just back to back hits consisting of – “Take my Scars”, “CHOKE ON THE ASHES OF YOUR HATE”, “Beautiful Mourning”, “NO GODS, NO MASTERS” etc. They made sure that the focus is solely on music and enjoying the show with a beer in your hand. Robb made sure that the audience gets that the idea of the tour is to purely enjoy the show like old time – not focus on the mobile screen to take pictures/ videos. They did 2 covers – “Hallowed be Thy Name” of Iron Maiden and “Roots Bloody Roots” of Sepultura. They even gave the audience options to choose the cover they would like to listen and even performed Taylor Swift for a very little bit. The 2 hour setl includes other songs like – “I am Hell (Sonata in C#)”, “Darkness Within”, “Davidian”, “Halo”.
It was an absolutely stunning show and the audience enjoyed every bit of it. There was continuous crowd surfing happening and the mosh pit was the biggest one possible in that space. I would recommend any Metal-Head to witness one of their upcoming shows if possible. Finally a big shout out to the organizers for putting up this awesome show.
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