Machine Head lose guitarist for tour
San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have issued the following update:
“All of us here in MACHINE HEAD wish to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Demmel family for their tragic loss of Harry W. Demmel. Flying home today to grieve with his family and celebrate the life of his father, Phil [Demmel, MACHINE HEAD guitarist] has asked that MACHINE HEAD continue on in his absence for what will most likely be the remainder of the Black Crusade tour.”
Says MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, “Phil was adamant about us continuing on. We didn’t think it would be possible, but a lot of the guitar players on the tour rallied around Phil last night and volunteered to help out on guitar duties. We really can’t thank them all enough. Adam [Duce, MACHINE HEAD bassist] and I spent most of our day off today teaching Corey and Matt from TRIVIUM, Christopher from ARCH ENEMY, and Frederic, the bassist of DRAGONFORCE, the set. They will all be playing various songs throughout the rest of the tour.”
Regarding Friday night’s show in Zurich, Flynn adds, “We left it up to Phil as to whether we would play last night, and he was very sure of the fact that he needed to play. He wanted to keep moving and not dwell on it until the next day. It was one of the most courageous things I’ve ever seen, I honestly don’t know how he did it. To the amazing people of Zurich who stood by the band, and supported us so much last night, we were all crying, and Phil and all of us felt the love more than you will ever know. Thank you.”
Metal Hammer sends its condolences to Phil and his family.