Machine Head have come off the road and quit their current North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and Black Dahlia Murder due to frontman Robb Flynn needing 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 became too difficult to continue on.
Flynn underwent surgery on Wednesday, November 14th in Minneapolis before returning home to California to recover, rest and recuperate. The surgery was successful and Machine Head will rejoin the tour in Portland, OR.
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Robb made a statement about his health and the tour before the surgery which read: "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!"
After the surgery he sais: "It went really good. They cut a couple holes in me. They patched it up really good. Got some good drugs in me, so I'm not feeling a whole lot of pain now. Apparently my hernia is fixed."
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