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Phil Demmel Issues Statement On Decision To Leave Machine Head: “People Naturally Grow Apart Over Time And It’s No One’s Fault”


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Soon to be former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel has issued a statement regarding his decision to exit the band. The group’s vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn revealed last week that both Demmel and the band’s drummer Dave McClain have decided to exit the group upon completing their North American tour. For his part, Flynn largely blamed his own behavior and actions for the pair’s decision.

Speaking via Instagram today, Demmel offered:

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“Thanks to all who have reached out and offered such positive support. 15 years in MH is a long time let alone the almost 32 years since Robb and I first started playing music together. I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to be in this band and I’m proud of my contributions over that time. It’s simply time for me to step away and do something else musically.

People naturally grow apart over time and it’s no one’s fault. It’s amazing and we’re so fortunate to have been able to it for so long. This last run will give us an opportunity to say goodbye as a group and have a sense of closure to an incredible run. I wish the MH camp and @alienhead65 well as we see what is next. I have so much left to express musically and pretty soon, I’m gonna need a jobber-job!!!

Hoping you’ll all stick around for the next chapter. Much love and gratitude, PD.”

Flynn and Machine Head bassist Jared MacEachern intend to continue on with the band with a revised lineup in the future. In light of the news, the band’s fall North American tour has become repurposed as a farewell tour to the current era of the band.

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Thanks to all who have reached out and offered such positive support. 15 years in MH is a long time let alone the almost 32 years since Robb and I first started playing music together. I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to be in this band and I’m proud of my contributions over that time. It’s simply time for me to step away and do something else musically. People naturally grow apart over time and it’s no one’s fault. It’s amazing and we’re so fortunate to have been able to it for so long. This last run will give us an opportunity to say goodbye as a group and have a sense of closure to an incredible run. I wish the MH camp and @alienhead65 well as we see what is next. I have so much left to express musically and pretty soon, I’m gonna need a jobber-job!!! Hoping you’ll all stick around for the next chapter. Much love and gratitude, PD. (Thanks @ashnewellphotography for the pic)

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