Phil Demmel in 2011.
|Born||April 2, 1967|
Phil Demmel (born April 2, 1967) is a musician, who played lead guitar in American
Demmel joined Machine Head shortly before the recording of the 2003 album
Demmel has suffered from a loss of consciousness and fainting several times whilst playing live with Machine Head. At first believed to be a side effect of dehydration, Demmel has since spoken out stating that an existing heart condition was the cause. On the subject of his collapse whilst playing in Bristow, Virginia:
"I've suffered from episodes of
Cardiogenic Syncopefor the last 17 years or so but (doctors) ran a series of tests that came up inconclusive. I hadn't had it happen for a while until last December in Italy, when I passed out roughly about the time my father passed away back in the States. The incident in Virginia felt similar to what has happened in the past"
Following Demmel's departure from Machine Head in November 2018, musical outlets reported there were rumors that he would reunite with Vio-lence, who planned to do shows and possibly release new material "in the not too distant future." A reunion of the band was officially confirmed on January 8, 2019, and they will be performing occasional live shows that year.