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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Sounds Off on Spotify’s Benefits

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Robb Flynn, frontman and guitarist for Machine Head, is never one to mince words or be anything but vocal about his opinions. His honesty in his lastest Facebook journal entry is refreshing, because he admits he will celebrate his 46th birthday tomorrow (July 19) and that as he cruises towards middle age, he isn’t going to let technology and sites like Spotify scare him. In fact, he acknowledges that the world has changed for the better!

Flynn revealed that he is happy to pay for the premium service because he doesn’t always have the time or the means to run to the store to purchase music. That’s simply a luxury a touring musician doesn’t always have. It allows him to remain plugged in to new music.

When discussing his love of the Spotify service, Flynn referenced Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and his recent indictment of Spotify and how it relates to his own aging. Below is his full address regarding Spotify.

 

Thom Yorke from Radiohead went on a big rant about the evils of Spotify the other day. It was so random and out of the blue it was a total WTF? It’s funny how Spotify has come to represent the bad thing for (it seems) older people… er uh, people my age *ahem*.

In fact I was talking to a buddy out here on Mayhem the other day, and he was telling me about a bands new record I should check out, and I was like ‘oh yeah, thanks for the reminder, I’ll have to Spotify that,’ and he gave me a little s— like ‘oh man, you gotta go and ‘buy’ that s—,’ and I was like, ” I AM buying it, I got Spotify Premium, they’re getting money off my stream and if I love it, I’ll most likely buy it on iTunes, but dude, I’m on tour, at an amphitheater in the middle of nowhere, when am I going to buy that s— at a store? That most likely doesn’t even carry said record?”

That’s the beauty of Spotify. I can get music in an instant, no waiting, no trips to the store, literally within 30 seconds! For 10 bucks a month!! S—, I spend 5 times that on f—ing coffee which doesn’t do jack s— for me!!

See what getting old does?

It makes you scared of the future. It makes you scared of what other people may think of you, it makes you scared to adapt, when really, the only thing that will allow us to survive is adapting. When you’re young, you just don’t care, you’re gonna rebel, you’re gonna do your own thing, you want to find about the ‘newest thing,’ you’re willing to give things a shot, and if it sucks, you’re quick to ditch it, but if it’s great, you tell everyone you know.

Do I ever miss being 22? Hell no! I was a cranked-out, tweaked-out, heavy drinking, gun-toting, idiot without a car! I don’t need to be young again! I’m better now than I’ve ever been but most importantly I don’t “feel” old. I don’t want to be like Thom Yorke thinking Spotify is a scary thing. The world changed, and that’s a good thing.

You can bet Flynn will be utilizing his Spotify service this summer as he and Machine Head are currently crossing the country as part of the Mayhem Festival lineup.

Next: Machine Head Name New Bassist

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