It was revealed via an emotional blog posting last month that Machine Head had parted ways with bassist Adam Duce. Yet with the band tapped to play the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest this Summer, the mourning period has to end, and the band need a new bassist. It seems like references from friends aren’t panning out, though, as the band have launched a search for a temporary bassist to play with them this Summer, and are accepting submissions via YouTube. Here’s what their web site had to say:

Machine Head will begin the process of searching for a temporary bassist replacement for this summer’s Mayhem Festival in the U.S. Interested in trying out? For a limited time the band will accept and review YouTube submissions that include the following:

1) Video: A standalone performance of the songs listed below, just yourself, singing and playing bass along to the the tracks off the albums. **Camera phone is fine as long as it’s stable**

2) A brief 1- to 2-minute statement about your musical experience; playing, touring experience, etc.

Please upload your videos to YouTube and e-mail a link (or links) to that includes the following songs:

1) This Is The End
2) Halo
3) Beautiful Mourning

Once the band has narrowed down potential candidates, they will hold tryouts in person at a to-be-determined location.

Seems like a great opportunity for the right bassist. And even if they already have someone in mind to play with the band following the tour and this is a glorified publicity stunt, it might be a chance for a bassist to tour the North America this Summer and play in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Considering there’s only about three months until the tour starts (on June 29 in San Bernardino), you might want to act quick on this.