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Slayer plays with new guitarist for the first time

Slayer New guitarist

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Slayer plays with new guitarist for the first time

Phil Demmel, a former Machine Head guitarist, performed for the first time with Slayer last Monday, 3, at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The musician is replacing Gary Holt while he returns home to stay with his father who is ill. Demmel will be with the band until Holt is ready to return to the farewell tour.

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Demmel was invited to attend the tour after his last show with Machine Head. The band will continue without him and drummer Dave McClain. “I mean, I’m honored and grateful for all they contributed to Machine Head, which is a lot. Fifteen years with Phil, 23 years with Dave, “said vocalist Robb Flynn when announcing the departure of his colleagues.

See Slayer 2018/2019 tour dates:
  • DEC 5 WED Hovet Stockholm, Sweden
  • DEC 6 THU Oslo Spektrum Arena Oslo, Norway
  • DEC 8 SAT Helsinki Ice Hall Helsinki, Finland
  • MAR 7 THU Brisbane Riverstage Brisbane, Australia
  • MAR 9 SAT Download Festival Sydney, Australia
  • MAR 11 MON Download Festival Melbourne, Australia
  • MAR 13 WED Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide, Australia
  • MAR 15 FRI Eventfinda Stadium Auckland, New Zealand
  • MAR 17 SUN Horncastle Arena Christchurch, New Zealand
  • MAR 21 THU Download Festival Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • MAR 23 SAT Pulp Summer Slam Manila, Philippines
  • JUN 4 TUE Gliwice Arena Gliwice, Poland
  • JUN 8 SAT Rock Am Ring Nürburg, Germany
  • JUN 8 SAT Rock im Park Nord, Germany
  • JUN 11 TUE Sports Arena Budapest, Hungary
  • JUN 13 THU Arena Leipzig Leipzig, Germany
  • JUN 14 FRI Download Festival Castle Donington, United Kingdom
  • JUN 19 WED Geneva Arena Le Grand-saconnex, Switzerland
  • JUN 21 FRI Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
  • JUN 22 SAT Hellfest Clisson, France
  • JUN 25 TUE Tipsport Arena Praha, Czech Republic
  • JUL 3 WED Resurrection Fest Viveiro, Spain
  • JUL 5 FRI Heavy Rock Festival Stadium Restelo Lisbon, Portugal
  • JUL 7 SUN Rock the Castle Vérone, Italy
  • AUG 3 SAT Messegelände Balingen Balingen, Germany

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