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Machine Head Holding Public Bassist Auditions for 2013 Mayhem Festival Dates

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Listen up, bassists, because the chance of a lifetime may be within your grasp. Machine Head are holding public auditions to find a temporary bass player. The goal of Machine Head’s new experiment? Finding a stellar musician to perform with the band on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour.

In a shocking turn of events last month, Machine Head fired original bassist Adam Duce after over 20 years of holding down the low end for the band. A general statement was released in Feb. 22 announcing that Machine Head and Duce had parted ways, but only four days later, frontman Robb Flynn offered a painfully honest explanation regarding Duce’s exit. According to Flynn, booting Duce from Machine Head was one of the hardest moments of his life, although he believes that Duce had mentally quit the band “well over a decade ago.”

To find a temporary bassist for the duration of the Mayhem Festival, Machine Head turned to the 767,000+ fans on their Facebook page:

MACHINE HEAD TO START BASS AUDITIONS

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Machine Head will begin the process of searching for a temporary bassist replacement for this summer’s Mayhem Festival in the U.S. Interested in trying out? For a limited time the band will accept and review YouTube submissions that include the following:

1) Video: A standalone performance of the songs listed below, just yourself, singing and playing bass along to the the tracks off the albums. **Camera phone is fine as long as it’s stable**

2) A brief 1- to 2-minute statement about your musical experience; playing, touring experience, etc.

Please upload your videos to YouTube and e-mail a link (or links) to MHBassAuditions@gmail.com that includes the following songs:

1) This Is The End
2) Halo
3) Beautiful Mourning

Once the band has narrowed down potential candidates, they will hold tryouts in person at a to-be-determined location.

Get to work, bassists! Record some footage and put yourselves in the running to share the stage with Machine Head on the 2013 Mayhem Fest!

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