MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has paid tribute to the band’s authentic drummer, Tony Costanza, who died on Tuesday (August 4). He was 52 years previous.

Costanza was the singer of the Las Vegas steel band PAPSMEAR earlier than relocating to the San Francisco Bay Space and becoming a member of MACHINE HEAD in 1992. He sat behind the equipment for MACHINE HEAD‘s first three reveals — a punk rock home celebration on Woolsey Avenue in Oakland on August 15, 1992; at The Huntridge Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 29, 1992; and at Los Angeles Metalfest at Gazarri’s in Hollywood, California on October 4, 1992. He left MACHINE HEAD in October 1992 and was changed by Chris Kontos, who made his reside debut with the group the next month.

Flynn mentioned that “an enormous chunk” of the band’s traditional debut album, “Burn My Eyes”, was written with Costanza, who stepped in as a result of KontosRobb‘s first alternative after which nonetheless a member of ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT and GRINCH — did not have time to dedicate to MACHINE HEAD.

Writing within the newest installment of his on-line weblog, “The Common Journals: Diary Of A Frontman… And Different Ramblings”, Flynn mentioned: “So unhappy to listen to about Tony Costanza passing away right now.

“The primary 6 month of MACHINE HEAD‘s existence occurred as a result of he joined.

“I started speaking to Tony round March 1992 for the primary time. I can not precisely bear in mind how we acquired in contact, he was from Las Vegas and this was earlier than the Web, earlier than cell telephones, it is doable {that a} man who used to work for VIO-LENCE title Joey Copobianco put me in contact with him.

“We began speaking on the cellphone about MACHINE HEAD, and finally he relocated to the Bay Space. It appeared in plenty of methods, he was prepared to start out a brand new life, he has been the singer for the early-Grindcore band PAPSMEAR and I had truly met him the 12 months prior with Mitch from NAPALM DEATH when Mitch, Shane and him got here as much as a present within the Bay Space

“It is somewhat foggy, however I wish to say he would possibly’ve moved in with me for the primary few weeks he was up right here. One hilarious reminiscence I’ve, is of him staying the night time at Genevra‘s [Robb‘s now-wife] house, all of us acquired tremendous drunk on purple Kool-Help and fucking MOONSHINE, and apparently he had eaten some sort of Chinese language squid-based dish earlier that night time, in a while, hammered out of his thoughts, threw up purple squid throughout her carpet. Genevra was pissed for a minute, however we could not assist chortle hysterically about it in a while, it was simply so humorous to see all these little purple squids all around the flooring.

“I had already fleshed out a few the early MH songs on the drums with my buddy Gary, after which in a while a whirlwind 2 day jam with Chris Kontos, however that was the one time that we had heard the songs performed as a band.

“So to have Tony there, usually jamming ‘Loss of life Church’, ‘Blood For Blood’ and ‘Fuck It All’ on the Emeryville warehouse in a room we shared with 6 different punk rock bands was fairly thrilling… Among the songs that he labored out with us from-the-start would’ve been ‘A Thousand Lies’, ‘I am Your God Now’, ‘Nation on Fireplace’ and ‘Rage to Overcome’, and even a part of a ‘Davidian’ riff.

Tony was a personality, humorous, sort of a wonderful catastrophe, however a great man with an ideal coronary heart. He did not click on with one of many band guys although, so there was all the time like a bizarre stress when he was round. However we performed our first few reveals with him at Mike Scum‘s Woolsey home in Oakland, which ended up being MACHINE HEAD‘s first kegger celebration/present. We additionally performed our first official membership present with him on the Huntridge Theater in Las Vegas, filmed our very first video for the music ‘Fuck It All’, recorded a part of a rehearsal tape/demo with Eric Wong at LAUGHING DEAD‘s studio, and we additionally performed the LA steel fest at Gazarri’s in Hollywood which was notable for the truth that we performed twice, to 20 individuals every time, however the 2nd time, Dino from FEAR FACTORY was there, Igor from SEPULTURA, the BIOHAZARD dudes have been all there, and Rick Hunolt from EXODUS (all on the town for a Foundations Discussion board), together with our mates Andy and Gary.

Chris Kontos was initially my first option to be in MACHINE HEAD, however on the time he was fairly busy with a number of bands (ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, GRINCH, and VERBAL ABUSE) and it regarded like one in every of them (VA) had an actual shot at getting signed. So Chris went away for some time, and in that point we acquired Tony. After a minute, Chris got here again into the image and volunteered to be Tony‘s drum tech, (although reality be informed, Chris had his eye on getting IN MACHINE HEAD greater than truly serving to Tony out), and principally confessed as a lot to Rick / EXODUS whereas he was doing our lights on the steel fest. Later that night time when Chris informed us he was as much as be a part of MH at our mates Gary‘s home, it was sort of a no brainer. Tony noticed the writing on the wall, and give up quickly after.

“It was solely a brief 6 months that he was with us, however in some ways he helped kind so most of the songs on ‘Burn My Eyes’ into what they might grow to be. I used to be all the time grateful for the whole lot that he did.

Tony was additionally a member of CROWBAR in the course of the early 2000s, and appeared on the band’s 2001 album ‘Sonic Extra In Its Purest Kind’. He performed with the band CRISIS and I might prefer to thank Azfaal for letting me learn about Tony [passing away]. To see him nonetheless rockin’ a MACHINE HEAD shirt in that picture meant so much.

“We maintained a friendship all through the 27 years since he was within the band. We talked a pair instances a 12 months, he undoubtedly had various well being issues, and he did take pleasure in his partying… He was a cussed son of a bitch. He would inform me in a while that ‘he regretted the choice, however that it was all the time an honor to play in his ‘favourite band ever’.’

“It chokes me as much as write these phrases…

Afzaal has arrange a GoFundMe to assist together with his funeral bills… If anyone wish to donate each Tony‘s household and I might respect it.

“Relaxation In Peace Costanza

Posted by Tony Costanza on Monday, February 12, 2018

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