October 26, 2010

Robb Flynn Robbed

On September 7, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn's house in Martinez, California was broken into and among the items that were stolen was his son Zander's mini flying-V guitar that Robb got him for Christmas. Several members of the official MACHINE HEAD board donated money and bought Zander a new guitar that was delivered last week. 

In the forum post below, Robb Flynn thanks the fans for their generosity and kindness and offers an update on the search for his stolen property:

"On behalf of my wife and and kids, I want to sincerely thank Desmadre[member of the MACHINE HEAD message board who helped raise the funds to buy the guitar] the and everyone who contributed to the guitar fund. It was an incredible and thoughtful gesture, one that my family and I were / are blown away by. It practically moved my wife to tears (Christ, she almost posted a thanks on the board!?) and Zander is totally stoked! Great choice of guitars, Zander actually likes it better than his other one! I would also like to take this time to thank the other Frontliners [members of the MHmessage board] who have gone out of their way to help our family out, either financially, with gift certificates, scouring eBay for the guitars, or just sending the good vibes our way.

"We decided to just give the one guitar to Zander for now, to make it more special for him, as he lost it, and not Wyatt [Robb's three-year-old son]. But we will give the other to Wyatt later, and we will let him know it's from you guys and not us.

"It's been a rough month, we have no leads and police haven't recovered anything. Our stuff is gone and were just trying to move on. 

"It's been hard on the kids. We have a top-of-the-line security system now, thanks to some more of our good friends, and we let the kids set it at night and when we leave, but still, it's a huge violation to process even as an adult, let alone a three-and-a-half-year-old and a six-year-old. 

"We are taking Zander and Wyatt to therapy starting next week, because I/we've run out of ways to answer, 'Dada, are the robbers going to break in and kill me tonight?'

"Enough of that, though. Again, you guys really made a HUGE impact in our lives with your gesture, and we can't thank you enough for it. 

"Des, you rock.

"Here are some pics [see below] of Zander with his new AXE, and who is apparently a natural ham like his Dad! I was cracking up taking these."

Desmadre's letter to Robb:


"When I heard what happened to you and your family on the 7th of September I was disgusted... Then when I heard that they stole your son's flying V, I was absolutely fuckin' pissed.. To come home at such a young age and see the shit that happened is traumatizing... asking if the robbers would return at night to kill him... I didn't know what to say, but I knew what I could do...

"Over the years you've been more than generous to a shitload of us from theFrontlines board... taking us backstage even taking the time to shoot the shit with us. You've helped us go through our own problems like sadness, sorrow, death or just merely getting us pumped for a football game or getting us through a drag-ass day at work. Nowadays, who the fuck does that? You know who... no one!

"I've heard the Frontlines refered to as a community, as a fun place to fuck around on the Internet but I see it as more.. It's more like a family. And what do families do in times like this? They help each other out. So from the bottom of our rotten blackened hearts, Robb we hope you accept this gesture. It may not replace what was taken from your home but hopefully it will help starting with the most important thing in your life, your kids... 

"Thank you for your years of help."

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