Is WILLIE ADLER’s COVID-19 vaccination status the reason he missed international LAMB OF GOD shows? PHIL DEMMEL answers

Last month Bloodstock Open Air feast, formerly MACHINE HEAD and current VIOLENCE guitarist Phil Demmel was asked by Total Rock if Willy AdlerThe reason is the COVID-19 vaccination status Phil has filled in for the LAMB OF GOD Guitarist for some of the Virginia metal band’s recent non-US concerts. He replied (as transcribed from BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I find willieis at a point right now, and it’s not really my point to say it, but I have a feeling that he… I don’t even think I should talk about it. I don’t think it’s up to me to say anything about it Will. But he makes his decisions and I am the contingent. Here I am.”

Demmel went on to commend his engagement with LAMB OF GODand said: “They are one of the biggest metal bands in the world. And it feels good to say, ‘Hey, we want you on board willy‘s shoes,’ the willy writes these riffs and he’s a great guitar player. And being like, “Hey, we want you to be that guy” or whatever… I get along with the guys. In a way, it feels good to be wanted… It’s pretty cool. They’re all freakin’ great guys and a great band and a total pro camp. I love the way they handle things. So it’s good to be a part of it.”

Demmel last filled out for Eagle to almost a dozen Europeans LAMB OF GOD shows in August. Before, Demmel stood up for Eagle while PROTOCOL‘s appearance in January at the ShipRocked cruise and in May for the Canadian part of LAMB OF GOD‘s “The Metal Tour of the Year” With MEGADETH.

When Eagle‘s absence of LAMB OF GODThe summer 2022 European tour was first announced, he released a statement saying he couldn’t make the trip because he “has some things I need to be home for”. He also thanked his bandmates for “supporting my decision.”

Even though LAMB OF GOD has not made an official statement Eagle‘s absence from the shows, VIOLENCE Singer Sean Killian revealed this in an interview in April willy is “not done making the vaxx” which refers to the COVID-19 vaccine and is replaced by Demmel for dates in those countries that still require proof of vaccination from US travelers.

In April, Demmel also filled in for LAMB OF GOD‘s John Campell when the bass player had to miss a few shows “The Metal Tour of the Year” to “take care of a family matter at home”.

Demmel‘s appearance with LAMB OF GOD marked his third high-profile fill-in gig in four years. Demmel stood up for SLAYERS guitarist Gary Holt for four European shows in fall 2018 thereafter gary returned home to be with his dying father. Demmel also subsidized David Link at OVERKILL‘s concert on November 13, 2021 at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey and on the band’s spring 2022 US tour.

In a February 2022 interview with BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Demmel discussed how he became such a sought-after assassin. “That SLAYERS Thing happened within 24 hours after I stopped MACHINE HEAD“, he said. “I believe [SLAYER drummer] Paul BostaphHis girlfriend knew that MACHINE HEAD was done and knew I was home, so they reached for it. As the urban legend says [laughs]I had three hours to learn 19 songs. It was quite successful; a fill-in journey, one of the higher profile things you can imagine – SLAYERS on their last world tour. I filled in for my buddies POINT, to. That OVERKILL Gig was more about me and Bobby [Ellsworth, vocals] do that BPMD record together [2020’s ‘American Made’]. We know each other and I have a reputation for being able to pick up songs pretty quickly. That LOYALTY OF METAL, guys, too. I play 25 songs with them in one night. It’s one of those quirky things where I can learn songs pretty quickly and pick them up pretty quickly.”

Demmel Then they asked if he had the nerve LAMB OF GOD and OVERKILL Gigs were on par with playing with SLAYERS. “I was pretty confident with that OVERKILL song,” he said. “We had three good rehearsals. I didn’t rehearse SLAYERS at all. I played two songs at a sound check. [Laughs] ‘Okay, we’re fine!’ It’s like ‘Fuck!’ OVERKILL, we had a few days rehearsal. I had two and a half, three weeks to prepare for it. I felt pretty strong with it.

“That LAMB OF GOD Gig, that was a big deal. They had spoken to me in front of theirs MEGADETH States toured last summer and wanted me to learn both parts, To mark [Morton] and willy‘s, just in case one gets sick, they didn’t want to cancel their tour. That’s where I’m at: I’m their bullpen guy, if either of them can’t come to the shows, I’m ready to go. It’s such a high profile band. I didn’t want to go out there and mess it up. I wanted the band to sound good. I wanted to keep that pride of who they are and not have any waste. willy and I play differently. There is a different vibrato in our left hand and little fingers. I didn’t want there to be a drop off. I didn’t want people to be disappointed that he wasn’t there. And that’s no slag on willy. Let’s say if I visit one of my favorite bands QUEEN ROUNDS. I want to see [Chris] DeGarmoI want to see Michael Wilton. No small thing against the other guys, but they’ll do damn better if they’re not going to be out there.”

LAMB OF GOD Singer Randy Blythe discussed Demmel‘s involvement with the band during an interview with Bloodstock TV‘s Oran O’Beirne. To O’Beirne noticed how talented Demmel is able to intervene at any time, Blythe said, “To be fair, we let him work. The guitar parts aren’t easy. We’re playing a song tonight, “The Faded Line”, and that’s a song that hasn’t been in our set for a while because some people are like, ‘Oh, that’s hard.’ And it’s like, ‘No. We have to do this.’ And even he just said, ‘Oh. We have to learn that. That’s a fucked up riff.’ But we saw it Phil fill in for SLAYERS with a notice of about two days in Europe at the end of SLAYERS tour because Gary Holt‘s father died. RIP and Phil came over and killed it. We have known him for many years. It was never really a question of whether he can do it. He’s a phenomenally talented guy.”

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