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Machine Head latest band to be (stupidly) called out for using "fake amps"

7/10/2013 6:28:40 AM PT   comments [17]

You may recall a few weeks ago that Black Veil Brides were called out for using "fake amps" (i.e. staging or dummy cabinets) during Warped Tour. Bands have been using dummy cabs for decades now, so regardless of your thoughts on Black Veil Brides, the entire controversy was extremely dumb. Unfortunately, not everybody has gotten the memo, as a Texas radio station has now singled out Machine Head for doing the same thing during the Rockstar Metal Mayhem Festival. You can view the KLAQ article here, which includes the following smoking gun (lol) photos:


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Not surprisingly, Machine Head themselves have responded to the matter:

Wow?

While it seems absurd that El Paso, Texas based radio station 95.5 FM, KLAQ Official would choose to go through the effort to post this on their website, we guess in-light of the big hub-bub about Black Veil Brides getting "called out" by the drummer for The Bronx for having "fake cabs" on the Warped tour earlier this month, some "brain-donor" over at the station has decided to drop the "newsflash of the century" and "call out" Machine Head for having "fake amps" too! A practice that for over 40 years now has been common-place in rock 'n roll going back to the days of Van Halen and AC/DC.

For the record, Machine Head "back" ANY band that uses dummy cabs in hopes of giving their fans a better, more impressive show. That includes the Black Veil Brides, who like many young musicians (and Machine Head) use direct-to-PA amp modeling gear like Fractals and Kempers. At least Black Veil Brides are playing their instruments, and not waving their hands along to a fucking laptop!!

Machine Head have 2 cabinet set-carts in the shape of our diamond logo, we use half of the 4 cabs for live sound, the ones labeled "live" in the "smoking gun photos" are actually that, a real LIVE cabinet, that's plugged in (as you can see in the photo), that make sound, have real speakers, plug into a "real amp", and has a mic in front of it that sends our face-melting guitar tones out to the crowd via the PA.

The ones that our guitar techs labeled (for some reason, in bright green flourescent gaff tape)"dummy" are actually real cabs too, with real speakers and everything, but we only have so many amps to power them, and really who gives a shit, because ALL the cabs are REAL!!

Quick history lesson for grizzled 24 year-old heavy metal veteran Lisa Sanchez: Since the dawn of heavy music, bands have used dummy cabinets as part of an often-impressive looking stage design. When Slayer played the Mayhem Festival last year and had 2 giant upside-down crosses made out of Marshall cabinets, that lit on fire, guess what? They weren't all plugged in!

When Rob Halford of Judas Priest rides his Harley thru a swinging gate of Marshall stacks, guess what? Those are "dummies" too. In fact, the only "dummy" here is the one taking pictures, taking liberties, while standing on our stage, as our uninvited guest, and writing up the "controversial scoop", and then Tweeting and Facebooking about it.

How about calling out someone for something that really matters instead of bands who are only helping people escape for a little while? What exactly are you trying to do here?

Here's what, you're attempting to create a controversy to get hits on your website, and this response should do just that. In fact, we're already giving you and your radio station website too much traffic via this response.

Hope you enjoy the free press. You're welcome!



Comments
conduit   posted 7/10/2013 7:09:41 AM
Let freedom to use fake amps ring with a shotgun blast.
cacabutt   posted 7/10/2013 7:16:52 AM
what a crybaby.
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 7:22:44 AM
Too many "quotation marks" to "read".
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 7:24:31 AM
All of your favorite bands that perform live with a wall of amps has never been real. You only need one cab microphoned per guitarist, so the rest would obviously be dummies. Why would anyone use this many amps, and why would anyone try to rig up the amps to power them all. But, what would they say if there wasn't amp at all? Oh, "they aren't really playing they don't have amps," or "they play digital equipment and I hate dub step." Do you not have anything better to be offended by?
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 7:44:05 AM
"Let freedom to use fake amps ring with a shotgun blast."

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marching_band_rules   posted 7/10/2013 10:13:32 AM
having dummy amps is fcking stupid and you're an idiot if you defend it
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 10:35:36 AM
Van Halen and AC/DC--both examples of "excellent" bands that justify pointless props that makes one "look cool."

Also, Meshuggah uses direct-to-PA setups and do not use "dummy" cabs. What a bunch of losers! They look so stupid standing up there without scenery, playing their instruments like tards.
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 10:39:03 AM
says all the lambgoat rejects who sit behind a desk all day dreaming about playing a show with their practice amps to 4 people and their moms in the crowd. EAT IT
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 10:53:44 AM
Periphery is stoked
marching_band_rules   posted 7/10/2013 11:40:32 AM
anonymous posted 53 minutes ago
says all the lambgoat rejects who sit behind a desk all day dreaming about playing a show with their practice amps to 4 people and their moms in the crowd. EAT IT

why is it the thing now that if someone criticizes something they are automatically jealous or unqualified to say anything simply because a band has been a band and created something? people create things for audiences and audiences react to their practices
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 12:04:18 PM
Who the fck didn't know bands use dummy amps? Do you think wrestling is real also? Why would you want 30 cabs when one is mic'd by club sound? Do you really think the sound you hear is the 100 or so watt head and cab combo in venue that holds 3,000 ppl? P.s. boys, the girls at hooters and the strippers you frequent don't actually like you. Sorry :(
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 1:35:29 PM
Radio station is garbage and irrelevant. - El Paso occupant
anonymous   posted 7/10/2013 6:43:03 PM
BURN!
partypukedie   posted 7/10/2013 7:58:30 PM
every time i die admits to using dummy cabs in their shit happens dvd.
tronxtaylor   posted 7/11/2013 9:42:25 AM
our face-melting guitar tones our face-melting guitar tones our face-melting guitar tones our face-melting guitar tones our face-melting guitar tones our face-melting guitar tones our face-melting guitar tones our face-melting guitar tones our face-melting guitar tones
anonymous   posted 7/11/2013 9:54:20 PM
Shut the fck up you Pantera clone clowns. You and you're band are super shit. Not just regular run of the mill shit, you are super shit.
carlthetruth   posted 7/12/2013 5:10:22 AM
anonymous posted 1 day ago
Who the fck didn't know bands use dummy amps? Do you think wrestling is real also? Why would you want 30 cabs when one is mic'd by club sound? Do you really think the sound you hear is the 100 or so watt head and cab combo in venue that holds 3,000 ppl? P.s. boys, the girls at hooters and the strippers you frequent don't actually like you. Sorry :(