Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn is currently undergoing emergency surgery to address a double inguinal hernia below his waist.
According to online reports, Machine Head have been forced to pull out of their current North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder so that Flynn can undergo surgery today (November 14) in Minneapolis. He will return to his home of California to recover before rejoining Machine Head in Portland, Oregon on November 24. Flynn had originally planned to have the surgery in January next year, but rescheduled after the pain caused by the hernia proved too much.
Machine Head posted the following statement on the matter:
“Machine Head must exit their current 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, OR.
Machine Head extends its regrets to fans, the other bands, and the other crews for having to leave the tour prematurely.
Below is Flynn’s statement about his health and the tour.
“I’ve been toughing out an inguinal hernia below my waistline since June of last year, and a few months ago got a second hernia in my nuts. What basically happens is my guts drop into my nuts, and it looks like I have a third testicle (man, I can hear the jokes already!) It hasn’t been that painful, and I’ve gone to the doctor a few times to take care of it, but he said after surgery I probably couldn’t sing for a few weeks, and since that wasn’t going to happen, I scheduled it for January when I had a break.
Unfortunately, after the last few shows, my guts have been very swollen and hard to push back in. Yesterday, the pain was excruciating and I went to the emergency room last night. They said that I need surgery.
I will be doing my damnedest to rejoin the tour in a couple weeks. Thanks to all the fans, bands, and crew for understanding. I’m determined to see you all soon and finish what has been a great freakin tour!"
This is the latest in a recent run of bad luck for Machine Head, which started last week when Disney banned them from playing at gig at The House of Blues in Orlando, Florida on December 4.