Lamb Of God Recruit Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) For Current Canadian Shows

Lamb Of God have recruited Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) once again for their current live shows. The guitarist is filling in for Willie Adler during the Canadian dates of the band’s “Metal Tour Of The Year” with Megadeth, Trivium, and In Flames. You can see footage of the group performing with Demmel in Laval, Quebec below:

Watch Lamb Of God Perform With Fit For An Autopsy And Vio-Lence Members In Green Bay, WI

During Lamb Of God’s April 22 show in Green Bay, WI, the band performed with an adjusted lineup featuring Fit For An Autopsy frontman Joe Badolato on vocals and Vio-lence guitarist Phil Demmel on bass. You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Badolato was filling in for Randy Blythe, who is still recovering from COVID-19, while Demmel was filling in for John Campbell, who needed to “take care a family matter back home.” The group commented:

“Thank you to our brother Joe Badolato (@joebad) for helping make Green Bay a special night. Sioux Falls – Randy will be in Sioux Falls and return to the stage tomorrow night! Additionally, John Campbell had to take care a family matter back home and will be away for a few days. We had time to plan for this so @PhilDemmel has graciously joined us and will fill in on bass. We support each other as family and look forward to John’s quick return.”

Vio-lence’s Sean Killian Says Phil Demmel’s Fill-In Role In Lamb Of God Came About Because “A Couple Of The Guys In The Band Are Not Down With Doing The Vaxx”

During an interview with KNAC.com , Vio-lence frontman Sean Killian discussed guitarist Phil Demmel’s fill-in role in Lamb Of God. According to him, Demmel was recruited to fill in for Lamb Of God guitarist Willie Adler due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. Killian said the following:

“[Phil has] been asked by Lamb Of God to be able to step in for ’em, ’cause a couple of the guys in the band are not down with doing the vaxx. So if there’s countries that are still closed by the time they go out, he’ll go out. But we have a solid backup already ready to go. And he’s someone that a lot of people know; I just don’t wanna say who it is. You don’t wanna put it out there and then not have it happen. But if Phil‘s not there, the guy that will be there is just as good as Phil is on the axe. He’s a shredder. And everyone knows him, so if I told you, you would know right away.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Guitarist Dave Linsk To Miss Overkill’s Upcoming Tour, Vio-lence’s Phil Demmel To Fill In

Overkill guitarist Dave Linsk will be missing the band’s spring tour due to “personal reasons.” During his absence, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) will be filling in.

Frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth told the Chicago Tribune the following:

“We’ve used Phil in the past when we’ve had issues. We’re prepared. We’re ready. It’s not about the strength of the individual but about the strength of the unit. We found that out with Phil when he stepped in. It’s just nice to be able to do what you do whether you’re the concertgoer or whether you’re the concert performer. Let’s get back to normal. Let’s do what we do best. Let’s have a little bit of fun.”

Tour Dates (with Prong):

03/03 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
03/04 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
03/06 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
03/07 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
03/08 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
03/09 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/10 Chicago, IL – Concord
03/11 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
03/12 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
03/13 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
03/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
03/16 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
03/17 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
03/18 New York, NY – Palladium
03/19 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre

Vio-lence Hope To Record Another EP By Next Fall

Vio-lence’s new EP, “Let The World Burn,” won’t be released until March 4, but it looks like the band are already thinking about a follow-up. Guitarist Phil Demmel said the following about that [via Blabbermouth]:

“I’d like to do another EP rather than an album, and we’re working on the songs for it already, and hopefully we’ll get in to record by next fall. We want to constantly be releasing music, and constantly doing shows. At this stage, we’re excited for everybody who’s still excited for this band. To them, I say thank you for still listening to and supporting us. We’re excited to come play, so spread the VIO-LENCE.”

Watch Vio-lence Guitarist Phil Demmel Perform U.S. National Anthem At Dublin Gaels Basketball Game

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) performed the U.S. national anthem during a February 10 Dublin Gaels basketball game. You can find footage of that below:

Ex-Machine Head Guitarist Phil Demmel Discusses Filling In For Slayer, Overkill, & Lamb Of God

During an interview with Blabbermouth, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) discussed his work as a fill-in guitarist. For those unaware, the musician has filled in for a number of heavy hitters in recent years including Slayer in 2018, Overkill last year, and Lamb Of God this year.

Demmel said the following:

“The SLAYER thing happened within 24 hours of me quitting MACHINE HEAD. I think [SLAYER drummer] Paul Bostaph’s girlfriend knew that MACHINE HEAD was done and knew that I was home, so they reached out for that. As the urban legend goes [laughs], I had three hours to learn 19 songs. It was pretty successful; a fill-in trip, one of the higher-profile things you can imagine — SLAYER on their final world tour. I filled in for my buddies in NONPOINT, too. The OVERKILL gig was more about me and Bobby [Ellsworth, vocals] doing the BPMD record together [2020’s ‘American Made’]. We’re familiar and I got the rep of being able to learn songs pretty quick. The METAL ALLEGIANCE, guys, too. I’ll play 25 songs with them in a night. It’s one of those quirky things where I can learn songs pretty quickly and I can pick them up pretty quick.”

“I was pretty confident with the OVERKILL songs. We had three good rehearsals. I didn’t rehearse with SLAYER at all. I played two songs at a soundcheck. [Laughs] ‘Okay, we’re good!’ It’s like, ‘Fuck!’ OVERKILL, we had a couple of days of rehearsal. I had two and a half, three weeks to prepare for that. I felt pretty strong with that.”

“The LAMB OF GOD gig, that was a big deal. They had approached me before their MEGADETH States tour last summer and wanted me to learn both parts, Mark [Morton] and Willie’s, just in case one got sick, they didn’t want to cancel their tour. That’s where I am: I’m their bullpen guy when one of them can’t make the shows, I’m ready to go. It’s such a high-profile band. I didn’t want to go out there and blow it. I wanted the band to sound good. I wanted to keep that pride in what they are and not have a drop-off. Willie and I play differently. There’s different vibrato in our left-hand and pinkies. I didn’t want there to be a drop-off. I wanted people to be not-bummed that he wasn’t there. And that’s not a slag on Willie. If I went to see one of my favorite bands, let’s say QUEENSRŸCHE. I want to see [Chris] DeGarmo, I want to see Michael Wilton. No slight against the other dudes, but they better fucking bring it if they’re not going to be out there.”

Watch Lamb Of God Perform With Ex-Machine Head Guitarist Phil Demmel In Place Of Willie Adler

Lamb Of God guitarist Willie Adler was unable to join his bandmates on the ShipRocked cruise, so the group decided to recruit Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) as a fill-in. You can see some fan-filmed footage of the band performing with Demmel below. It is unclear why Adler didn’t make the cruise, but unconfirmed rumors seem to suggest that he wasn’t allowed to board the boat because he has yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

[via Blabbermouth]

Guitarist Dave Linsk To Miss Overkill’s Upcoming New Jersey Show, Vio-lence’s Phil Demmel To Fill In

Overkill have revealed that guitarist Dave Linsk will be sitting out their November 13 show at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. During his absence, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) will be filling in.

Frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth commented:

“We had a few issues getting this rescheduled show together. But to hell with the issues, we all have problems. And wouldn’t you know it, our bro and yours Phil Demmel to the rescue. The show must and will go on. See you at the Welmomt Jersey…”

Demmel continued:

“So excited to jam with my bros in Overkill in New Jersey. I’m neck-deep in learning the parts and expect a raging show.”

Drummer Jason Bittner added:

“Even though I am disappointed that our very own Dave Linsk can not participate in this show, I am more than psyched and confident that my longtime friend Phil Demmel will get the job done for us. We have a long history together playing a bunch of NAMM events and have toured together in the past, so this should be a lot of fun.”

Phil Demmel Says Vio-lence’s Recent Fresno Show “Turned Out To Be A Superspreader Event”

During a chat with Rob Rush of 94.3 The Shark and Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi, Vio-lence’s Phil Demmel talked a bit about the band’s August 6 show at Strummer’s in Fresno, CA. The guitarist said the concert “turned out to be a superspreader event” that caused everyone in his household and some of his bandmates to get sick with COVID-19.

Demmel had the following to say about the show:

“We played a show in Fresno about a month ago, and it turned out to be a superspreader event. [Laughs] And the whole house here, we all got COVID. So we spent a couple of weeks healing up and getting better… That was our first show with Bobby Gustafson, ex-OVERKILL, and Christian Olde Wolbers from FEAR FACTORY and POWERFLO; it was their first show with us. We played a small, I think 300-capacity club, and it was a Petri dish of just the plague. And it served its purpose, other than everybody getting the sickness. It was unfortunate in that [regard]. Because we were supposed to play Bloodstock [Open Air in the U.K.] and Alcatraz festival [in Belgium] the next week, but then we couldn’t go because we all got sick. Then we had Southern California shows. We canceled probably seven shows because of everything that happened.”

Menghi also discussed his own experience with COVID-19:

“This delta variant and all this other COVID shit, as we all know, it’s hitting pretty hard again. I know a lot of people right here at home in my close circle that have COVID right now and it’s kicking the shit out of them. And these are vaccinated people. It’s kicking the shit out of them. I’m vaccinated and had it twice. It’s a motherfucker. I had it really bad in December, this past December. I missed Christmas altogether. I came [very] close to checking myself into the hospital because I couldn’t breathe. I came close to going to the hospital because it was the first time in my life where I could not breathe. I felt like my lungs were — like [boxer Mike] Tyson was coming at me and just kicking the shit out of [me]. It was hard. And I remember that night — it was, like, 2:30 in the morning — I started fucking screaming. I’m, like, ‘Fuck you!’, yelling at myself. ‘You’re not going to a fucking hospital.’ And I don’t know if I willed myself but the next day I started feeling better. But it was bad. Whether it’s the flu, COVID — I don’t know what it was — but I’ve never been sick like that before in my life. So, I don’t know. People have their take on it. My take is just get the shot. We all put worse shit in our body. God knows myself and Phil put bad shit in our bodies. It can’t be any worse. So, that’s the way I look at it.”

This news comes after it was revealed that Vio-lence’s Sean Killian was recently hospitalized with COVID-19. The vocalist, who was unvaccinated, has since been discharged.

[via Blabbermouth]