Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn announced he’ll be teaming up with Soundgarden and Alice In Chains tribute band Rusty Chains to perform at the third annual Chris Cornell tribute concert on 19 July.
The event will take place in San Francisco at the Verdi Club and honours the late grunge icon, who passed away on 17 May 2017 at the age of 52. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the San Francisco Suicide Prevention charity.
The event also coincides with Flynn’s 52nd birthday and the singer shared he wanted the tribute to be a joyous event, inviting fans to “come down and have a raucous good time”.
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BIRTHDAY FLYNNANIGAN’S ALERT! I will be jamming with Rusty Chains on Friday, July 19 in San Francisco. Come out and rage with me for my b-day bash!!! 🍺🥃🍷🔥🍻🥄🍾🍹🍸🎸🎼🥁 These guys are the Premier Cornell-Tribute act of the area, and the singer Tony Malton has previously brought his insane vocal skills to the Robb Flynn and Friends Bash. This is a charity show, there will be no comps or VIP. They will be performing “Badmotorfinger” in its entirety, I will be playing guitar and singing for some of this, as well as doing a second set of Chris tunes afterwards!! Come hang!!
Flynn plans on performing Soundgarden’s seminal 1991 release Badmotorfinger in its entirety, along with popular tracks from Temple of the Dog and Audioslave’s catalogue. Joining him on the line-up is the all-female Nirvana tribute band, In Uterus and other special guests that have yet to be announced.
Earlier this month, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder closed out one of his European solo concerts with a tribute to his late friend, covering Cornell’s ‘Seasons’ off the Singles soundtrack. Vedder shared his personal sentiments about Cornell’s tragic passing and referred to the late singer as his “older brother”.
Cornell was also feted with a five-hour tribute concert titled I Am The Highway back in January that featured a star-studded line-up at the Forum in Los Angeles. Over 18,000 family and friends gathered to watch members of former members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave perform some of Cornell’s most enduring hits, along with special appearances by Perry Farrell, Geezer Butler, Josh Homme, Miley Cyrus, Miguel, Taylor Momsen, Adam Levine and The Melvins, just to name a few.
Meanwhile, three-quarters of Machine Head’s original line-up are scheduled to reunite in late 2019 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their record Burn My Eyes. Flynn, guitarist Logan Mader, and drummer Chris Kontos are set to begin the first leg of their tour in October in Germany, then arriving in the UK the following month.
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