Original Machine Head drummer Tony Costanza has died at the age of 52. His death was confirmed by his former Crisis bandmate Afzaal Nasiruddeen, who issued the following statement on Facebook: 

“It is with a very heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, band mate, home boy and family today. Tony Costanza was one of a kind. A man with a huge heart, love and loyalty for the ones close to him. I cannot relate to this reality of loss yet. I know he had a lot of admirers, and I was one of his biggest. He would have literally taken a bullet for me. Thats the kind of gangster brother he was. Tony died in his sleep this morning so I am sure he was at peace and in no pain. I wish his Mother all the strength she can muster as she will need every ounce of it. I will be starting a GofundMe page for her and Tony‘s funeral expenses. Please help if you knew him and care. Please hold your loved ones close as the sense of loss is insurmountable sometimes. Tony my friend, I will love you and cherish our memories together, forever. Hope you are in a better place now. Rest In Peace.”


Machine Head’s Robb Flynn added the following via Instagram:

“Just got the news that our original drummer for Machine Head Tony Costanza passed away. Very sad to hear. Tony was involved in about half of the song on burn my eyes in someway or another, and we maintained our friendship throughout all these years. If anybody has any more information, please DM me.”



Costanza fronted the group Papsmear and later joined Machine Head on drums  in 1992. During his time with the group, he had a significant role in the writing process on the band’s debut album, Burn My Eyes. Costanza was also a member of Crisis and Crowbar where he worked on 2001’s Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form


Our thoughts go to Costanza’s family and friends during this difficult time.