Ex-MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel is rejoining LAMB OF GOD as the replacement for Willie Adler on three South American concerts this week
Demmel previously stepped in for Adler during LAMB OF GOD‘s European trek back in August of 2022, as well as for the band’s January 2022 appearance on the ShipRocked cruise and as well in May for the Canadian leg of LAMB OF GOD‘s “The Metal Tour Of The Year” with MEGADETH.
On top of last night’s (Tuesday, April 25) concert in Bogotá, Colombia, Demmel will join the Richmond, Virgina based metal act on Thursday, April 27 in Santiago, Chile and on Saturday, April 29 at the Summer Breeze festival in São Paulo, Brazil. Willie Adler is set to return to the band for their May 2 show in Mexico City.
LAMB OF GOD vocalist Randy Blythe previously spoke about Demmel‘s involvement with the band during an interview with Bloodstock TV. After it was mentioned that it must be great for the band to be able to call in Demmel in a pinch, Blythe said: “We make him put in work, though, to be fair. The guitar parts aren’t easy.
“We are playing a song tonight, ‘The Faded Line‘, and that’s a song that hasn’t been in our set for a while because some guys are, like, ‘Oh, this is hard.’ And it’s, like, ‘No. We need to do this.’ And even he was just, like, ‘Oh. We’ve gotta learn that. That’s a fucked up riff.’ But we saw Phil fill in for SLAYER on, like, two days’ notice in Europe at the end of the SLAYER tour, ’cause Gary Holt‘s dad was passing away. R.I.P. And Phil came over and killed it. We’ve known him for many years. There’s never really been any question of whether he can do it. He’s a phenomenally talented guy.”
LAMB OF GOD have yet to comment on Willie Adler’s absence, however VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian revealed in an interview back in April 2022 that the guitarist is “not down with doing the vaxx,” referring to the COVID-19 vaccine. Hence, Willie is being replaced by Demmel for shows in countries that still require proof of vaccination from U.S. visitors.
Below photo credit: Travis Shinn