The upcoming two-month Machine Head tour will be the last route in this line-up. Last week, in a ten-minute video, the leader of the group Robb Flynn informed fans about the leaving of guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain, and about the terminating cooperation bassist Jereda MacEachernie. In his speech Flynn admitted that “he was holding the band’s reins too much and he was pushing too hard on his colleagues”. The end of the current crew does not mean the end of the band’s career. From the next video published by Robb, we already know that Machine Head will continue to play.
Now Phil Demmel, who was the first to leave Machine Head, decided to say a little bit about the situation:
In his latest post on Instagram, Phil thanked the fans for their support and encouraged them to take part in the autumn tour of the United States, which will “give the band the chance to say goodbye and feel the end of this amazing run.” The guitarist, who started working with Flynn in the late 1980s in the VIO-LENCE formation, said:
15 years in Machine Head is a long time, not to mention the almost 32 years of playing together with Robb. I am honored to have the opportunity to be in this band and I am proud of my contribution to it. But it’s just time for me to leave and do something completely different in music. People are just walking away from each other and this is nobody’s fault. It’s fantastic that we’ve been happy for such a long period of time.
Phil Demmel admitted that he does not plan to leave music and he will soon need people to cooperate with.
The last tour with Demmel and MacEachern begins today in Sacramento and ends November 24 in Santa Cruz.
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