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Catching Up With McClain

Posted on February 12, 2008

Machine Head’s live album ‘Hellalive’ was released on Monday, so what better time to catch up a little. We nailed down Machine Head drummer Dave McClain for a few quick questions… What’s your favourite track on ‘Hellalive’ and why? “The Blood, The Sweat… This is always one of my favs to play live, and the way it sounds on Hellalive just gives me a boner!” Fave five Machine Head gigs ever. Not in any order of favourites. “a. Roseland Ballroom, NYC. It was the Livin La Vida Wacko tour and we came out and killed everyone!! Then Coal Chambers Production Mgr. had the bright idea of releasing CC’s curtain while we were enjoying the fruits of our labor, and the crowd ripped it to shreds!! b. Dynamo Festival’98. Good God, we played horrible! (I think) But I had goosebumps the whole time, so I think it was good. c. Ten Ton Hammer in London, Boy that MH cover band can ROCK!!! d. We did a show that was a private show for some contest winners in Germany, it was in this little shithole of a place, but it was so much fun! It truly is things like that kinda show that reminds you why we do what we do! e. Full Force 2002, What a killer show! It was one of those nights where everything was perfect. If you check out the video for “The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears” you’ll see what I mean.” You can check out the video HERE. Fave five live albums of all-time. “1.Kiss – Alive 2. Judas Priest – Unleashed In The East 3. Rush – All the Worlds A Stage 4.Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive 5.Pantera – Official Live 101 Proof” An update on the new songs for the next album? “Songwriting was very easy this time, I think we have a killer variety of stuff. It’s heavy, it’s mellow, it’s UGLY!, It’s BEAUTIFUL! A personal favorite of mine is a song called “Bite The Bullet”, Robb’s voice + some echo = Fuck Yeah!! We’ll have some video stuff of us in the practice room up on the website (www.machinehead1.com) soon, so check it out and see what we’re up to!” Thanks for the time Dave…


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