Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn says he was kicked out of the Sistine Chapel.
In Italy this past week for a series of shows on the band’s European trek in support of 2014’s Bloodstone & Diamonds, Flynn and a friend took a tour of the Vatican Museum and the Chapel, the ceiling of which was famously painted by Michelangelo in the early 1500s.
Following a three-hour wait in line, Flynn and pal Jern were inside the holy place, marvelling at the assortment of art and the work of the iconic Italian painter.
Flynn writes: “The Sistine Chapel is a must-see-before-you-die type thing. So, of course I had to document it and bring my video camera. The guards didn’t stop me one bit as I filmed everywhere and as I entered the Sistine Chapel I was journaling myself walking and taking you guys through what I was doing.
“In the midst of doing so, it was then that a guard warned me in broken english, ‘No camera.’ Of course I disregarded him. I don’t know what it is with me but when someone tells me not to do something that I want to do, that ‘fuck you’ button gets hit. So I just hung the camera around my neck and kept filming.”
He continued: “I snapped one photo of the famous ‘hands’, and as I watched other people taking iPhone photos, I thought, ‘Hey, why not, they didn’t get thrown out’ When in Rome, right?
“Now, maybe because I already received a stern ‘warning’, or maybe cause I had a Duff’s Brooklyn hoodie with ‘666’ on the hood tied around my waist, let’s just say I kinda stood out, and dudes were eyeing me.
“I snapped three iPhone photos, and security swarmed on me. Poor Jern and I got escorted out lickety-split-like, which in the end was a good thing as there was a line to exit. So I saw it as a way to cut in line and get out first.”
The experience was just another day of fun and games on the road for the singer.
He says: “I had to laugh. When it was all over I just literally laughed out loud. ‘Wow, I just got kicked out of the Sistine Chapel.’ And I still got these pictures. Take that, motherfuckers.”
Read Flynn’s full tale and check out his photos at the Machine Head Tumblr page.