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Machine Head Frontman Robb Flynn Undergoes Emergency Surgery, Postpones Current Tour

Written by Marc Zanotti on November 14, 2012

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has postponed his band’s current tour to undergo emergency surgery. Flynn is suffering from a double inguinal hernia that causes the singer a considerable amount of pain.

Originally planning to have the surgery in January after Machine Head’s current tour had concluded, the pain caused by the infliction has forced Flynn to seek immediate treatment. Machine Head have issued an official statement apologising to fans for leaving the tour. However, Machine Head expect to rejoin tour mates All That Remains, Black Dahlia Murder and Dethklok in Portland, Oregon.

Machine Head’s post also includes a direct statement from Flynn, who describes his ailment as his guts dropping into his nuts thus causing the appearance of “a third testicle”.

Machine Head’s current tour has certainly had its setbacks. Earlier in November Machine Head were prohibited from performing a gig to due an ongoing ban from Disney, who owned the venue.

Read: Machine Head Statement

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, Nov. 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.

Read: Robb Flynn’s Statement

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!

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