Revolver Golden Gods Weekend (part III)

Revolver Golden Gods Weekend (part III)

Los Angeles

(w/ Robb Flynn, Corey Taylor, Trivium, Slipknot, Machine Head, Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandira), John Moyer (Adrenaline Mob/ Disturbed), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Lizzie Hale (Halestorm), and everyone from the Metal and Rock universe)

Machine Head was the first live Metal band I’ve ever seen. My dad used to take me to the House Of Blues Orlando whenever a rad show was coming by (school nights included!) and took me to see Machine Head on their “Year Of The Dragon” tour. By that point, I had only recently gotten into Metal with bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Pantera – I hadn’t yet delved into a band like Machine Head yet. 

I’ll never forget that show – Robb’s control over the crowd was intense, yet effortless; I remember him using his right hand for motioning the crowd on to move while still hammering on his guitar, playing with his left hand, singing simultaneously; the band was on fire that night… the entire crowd chanting “Machine Fuckin’ Head!” before they went on and in between every song. Having never heard of or head MH before that point, you can imagine an introduction of a blistering headlining set from the band would certainly strike a nerve for someone new to the metal world. (I still own the tour shirt from that very show).

I got home that night, listening to samples of their albums on – preparing to hit the record stores the following day to collect every cd. I had to order some of the albums through actual stores like Borders and wait (!) for the albums to show up. It was well worth the wait. I got into Machine Head on The Burning Red, then tracked backwards into The More Things Change and  Burn My Eyes. The first time I heard “Ten Ton Hammer” and “Davidian”? I was a changed person… I started playing guitar differently, writing songs differently – adding an extra intensity to my vocals like Flynn at Trivium band practices. 

Years later, Trivium were on their third tour ever, supporting Machine Head and Chimaira across North America. Man were we nervous to meet the MH guys. The tour went fantastically (it was the tour that we inducted Paolo officially into Trivium) and we ended up becoming friends with the Machine Head band and crew. Over the years, we would share many more tours together, occasionally guest-performing with each other’s bands in random spots across the globe (I played guitar for Machine Head for one bit of one tour; Robb has performed “Pull Harder” with us numerous times; I did my first failed stage dive off their stage… we even had a co-headlining tour that did 5,000-8,000 people a night). 

Nowadays, I am proud to call Robb not only a hero and a mentor, but a friend – he even helped coach me along before Shogun and In Waves to really make the albums right. The chat before Shogun was an all-encompassing lighting-of-a-fire-beneath my *** to recapture the intensity of what Trivium was on Ascendancy… to truly deliver what our band was meant to be. The discussion before In Waves was the conversation that saved the vocal performances on that record… I had hit a major slump in the studio around vocal time. We had tracked some of the verse lines 30 times with none of the performances being “the one.” Defeated, I reached out to Robb – he took me through his mental processes when he does vocals on his records. The chat inspired me to deliver some of the most intense vocals I’ve tracked to date. The very first thing I recorded after our chat was the entirety of “Chaos Reigns.” If that doesn’t show that his chat inspired me… I don’t know what will. 

So yeah, it’s always good to see our MH buddies. 

Robb, Ashley, and I all drove to a restaurant Ash and I had heard of, The Fat Dog. I had a Saison DuPont Belgian Farmhouse Ale to start up, and ordered “The Fat Dog” hotdog. The restaurant had all the things that Flynn and I dig – the right decor, booze, food from good sources… it’s funny, we’ve unknowingly picked the same restaurant in similar towns on many occasions and told each other about “a great local spot in Jackon, MI” for example. We used to do this thing… where in any hotel around the world that would have a Club Sandwich for room service, we’d judge how good that hotel is by their Club – later trading notes on our “research.” 

The Saison went perfectly with my foot-long hot dog – as damn good as any great dog coulda been. Robb had a salmon sandwich special, and Ashley had some kind of chicken sandwich that I ate half of. It was good to get out for a good bite with a long-time pal and chat old stories, other great eats, and basically be out with someone else who lives the same sorta life I do.  

From this spot, I wanted to stop by The Newsroom restaurant for one of their Immune Rocket Booster juices. It has several vegetable juices, ginger, echinacea, flax seed oil and golden seal all in one slightly-colder than room-temperature juice. Yeah – some people may be a little turned off by this intensely earthy-flavored elixir… but it’s the sort of thing that you know is good for you as soon as you start suckin it down (heh…). I like the concept of (my made up quote): “Detox to retox.” I work hard so I can play hard… I eat granola and yogurt and fruit and vegetables and drink apple cider vinegar and Kombucha so that when it’s time to eat a deep-fried ice cream bar with foie gras and marrow on-top with a bottle of sake… I can do it knowing I will retain some of my healthiness. (Hence all the yoga and eating…)

Our quest from here led us to our initial task-at-hand… acquiring badass leather jackets. I can’t tell you where we went or what we found where… all I can tell you is that what we each found was pretty damn bad ***… and you? You find your own leather jacket… 

9 thoughts on “Revolver Golden Gods Weekend (part III)

  1. I remember this day, and I was so hung over from the martinis i had drank the night before. I awoke my son from bed and told him he was going to the Golden God exhibit. We hopped on the elevator at the same time as Robb Flynn! I had no clue who he was at the time. When we exited the elevator we went separate ways! That had to be the strangest and most awkward moment when we showed up at the Golden Gods Exhibit, and then Matt this is when you met up with Robb I guess! I was the first person in line with my kid! I had no idea who either of you were because my life of touring ended in 2003 when my son was entering kindergarten, but now that he is 14, he can be a part of this. Matt and Robb were the first people he met. Very polite fellows; indeed. I went to the Golden Gods that night and when Trivium hit the stage, I was recording on my IPhone! When I heard them live for the first time, this feeling like my heart sinking into my chest overtook me! My son had just met his first heavy metal icons and I should have got a picture! I went and got the In Waves CD for him and tickets to the Trespass America Tour, which will be his first show ever. I am working hard to inspire my son musically! Not forcefully, but like my dad influenced me. Matt, thank you for sharing your story! I read it to my son because some place in there he played a part in it! I have talked to him about music for all of my life because when he was a baby I made it my career, and even today I am working hard to create a medical team devoted to musicians medicine! I had the hardest time in this math course and I think that in some strange way your band helped inspire me to keep going, even when I wanted to quit! Thank you for the inspiration that you give people without even realizing it is happening because my son is experiencing the same thing as you experienced through Robb, but through YOU! Thank you! So much! I will shut up now because I am getting tears in my eyes! This is what I moved to Los Angeles for; to inspire people! When it is your own kid and not strangers it is a very different feeling! Ya know? Thanks so much Matt and Robb both! I will shut up now!

  2. Rob Flynn is just a ******* genius .. his music, his life story, everything is very motivating, an idol! wating for trivium here in Argentina…and if you can bring Rob with you That will be awsome! ha ha see you on september!

  3. Matt, your recollection of Flynn resonates deeply with me just in the same way that I got into heavy metal around 2008. Seeing you during the Shogun era was exactly the same effect. Thank you for sharing and even recreating what you felt for others.

  4. Come to your blog for the first time, and the first thing I see: Saison Dupont.
    As a Belgian, I have to say, you sure have a good taste of beer. By the way, it’s one of Belgium’s (finest) biological beers, so drinking this supports the good cause :-)
    In the category of Biological beers of Belgium: you should try Gageleer! it’s a bit more intense of flavor, you’ll really like it, but experience tells me, you shouldn’t drink too much of these in a hot summer sun ;-)
    Put it in your rider on Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, and discover! You won’t regret!
    If you want me to give you other good beer brands (and not the famous ones you can get all around the world, but the smaller ones, the ‘pure belgian experience’), just let me know, and i’ll be glad to help.

  5. Did you ever have the feeling that you were connected to Rob-like soulmates even if you didn’t know him?
    I have this feeling with one musician and it totally fills me with positive energy when he’s on stage ;)! But not this Stalker-“I LOVE YOU”-OMGOMG-thing :D! Maybe I’ll meet him one time :)!

    Good for you :)! Have a nice time with him whenever you meet :)!


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