NEWS: Phil Demmel issues statement on leaving Machine Head!

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A few days ago, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn made a surprise announcement that guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain had made the decision to step down from the band.

The two members will be separating from the line-up following their forthcoming North American tour, and following confusion from fans and the press, Flynn clarified that this is not an announcement that Machine Head were breaking up.

You can read our initial report on this along with a full transcript of his announcement here.

Now, Demmel has issued his own personal statement explaining the reasons that he has decided to leave the band, simply saying it’s a matter that “People naturally grow apart over time and it’s no one’s fault.”

You can read his full statement below.

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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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“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.”

Demmel joined the band back in 2003, first featuring on their fifth studio album ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires’ which was released later that same year.

He has since featured on the band’s following four albums, the latest being this year’s ‘Catharsis’.