Machine Head cover Pantera's 'F--king Hostile'

Band play tribute to Dime Darrell on anniversary of his death.

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Fans who attended Machine Head's December 8th show in Atlanta, Georgia were treated to a rare rendition of Pantera's "F--king Hostile", performed in tribute to Dime Darrell. Rob Flynn preceded the performance with the following announcement:

"I'm sure all of you know, or maybe some of you don't know, but today is December 8, Eight years ago; this is f--king mind-boggling to even believe, but eight years ago, Dimebag Darrell was killed onstage, man. The legacy that that man left in the world, the footprint that that dude left on the f--king entire metal universe was un-f--king-believable."

"We called him a brother, man. We were friends. We had so many incredible drunken f--king nights and hungover mornings on those two tours that we did with them. He was an amazing, amazing individual... We're not here to celebrate his death, we're here to celebrate his life right now, ladies and gentlemen."

Machine Head had recorded a cover of the track for Metal Hammer's Dime tribute CD that was released back in 2009. Rob Flynn offered the following reasons for the choice of that song:

"It was either that or 'Strength Beyond Strength' from 'Far Beyond Driven'. In the end, we decided that we wanted to do a classic. We chose 'F--king Hostile' because it's two and a half minutes of pure, raging metal. It's short, fast and brutal. There's some real intricate riffing parts in there. We'd jammed it before but we'd never sat down and analyzed it properly. I think we did a great job on it."

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    Machine Head always does Pantera covers. Last time I saw them was when they opened for Metallica, and they led the set with "Walk".
    I really wish I could have had the chance to meet Dimebag. He was so loved by people around him, and just seems like such ana amazing guy. RIP.
    Dr. Knox666
    Awesome! But they should cover Strength Beyond Strength too. When I heard this song for the first time I flew out of my shoes because it was so heavy.