Ex Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel made his first appearance with Slayer in Copenhagen, Denmark last night. Demmel has stepped in to cover for Gary Holt as he attends to his terminally ill father.
Phil got a call than less that 24 hours after playing his last show with Machine Head on the 24th of November in Santa Cruz.
Demmel stated on Instagram“Full circle. Karma. It’s so crazy how things work out. I got a text less than 24 hours after I played my last Machine Head note, 11 years ago almost to the day, I had to leave a tour to fly home and be with my family when my father passes away. Some amazing dudes stepped in to cover for me and to help the band out. I am filling in for a legend who has replaced a legend in a legendary band on their farewell tour.”
Demmel adds “Despite the fact that Slayer is the reason I wanted to play heavy music, it’s beyond my utmost honor to be asked to do this. Learning 19 songs (not just songs — Slayer songs) has been a daunting task and I have worked very hard to do Gary and the entire camp proud. As we all here send our love and support to Gary Holt as he goes through a life-altering time, the rallying this camp has done is amazing. Thank you all for your support as I grab the baton for a few shows and fly the Bay Area flag high on stage right.”