Machine Head frontman discussed the band’s debut 1994 album “Burn My Eyes,” telling Metal Hammer when asked if he recognizes “the guy that wrote those songs and made that album”:
“I don’t really recognize that guy anymore. I hope people don’t take that the wrong way, but [back then] I was a drug-dealing, gun-toting, fighting-every-fuckin’-weekend asshole!
“I did some pretty shitty things. I don’t regret it, but I don’t feel that I’m that person anymore and I’m happy that I’m not!
“I guess I romanticize that time and other people do, too. It was real.
“Was I wading through bullets and hypodermic needles to get to my practice room? No. But it was pretty intense. Crazy times. We were banned from every club in the Bay Area for months at a time.”
Asked if it bothers him that some fans consider “Burn My Eyes” as the best MH album, Flynn replied:
“No. The clincher for me, and this rarely happens, is when someone says, ‘You should write ‘Burn My Eyes’ again!’
“But it’d be so phony! I’m not 24, fuckin’ running around on the streets. It was real and that’s why it came out the way it did. If I tried to do it now, it wouldn’t be real.
“Those times made me who I am and affected me forever and I’m fearless because of them, but I’d like to think that I’ve aged gracefully and I hope to continue to do that.”