Phil Demmel “Machine Head”


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I’ve never met a person with deep dimples that I didn’t like.  Somehow, in my mind, it’s as though dimples prequalify a person as being friendly, warm kind and playful.

It’s a theory that remains steadfast after my recent sit-down with Machine Head’s Phil Demmel.

Charming, warm, open, gentle, funny, enthusiastic, gracious, humble and kind Demmel not only upheld my “Dimpled-people” theory but reinforced it!

Demmel was eager to share details about the gear he uses and gave us a thorough account, right through to picks and strings giving props to Jackson and Dunlop along the way.

I was looking forward to learning more about The Faces of the 8th Plague.  I’d heard that in most cities on this 8th Plague tour, before the doors opened for the show, a photographer equipped with a stack of white paper and a few sharpies would wander through the line-up forming outside the venue asking willing fans to jot down a few words about what Machine Head means to them.  The photographer then takes a picture of the fan holding the sign.  During the show, when the band plays “Who We Are” a slideshow featuring these fans is projected, larger than life on stage.

What a powerful way to connect with the fans!

I watched a clip of the Faces of the 8th Plague and was watery-eyed when I witnessed young fans holding signs that said:

Machine Head inspired me to start a band”

“Machine Head inspired me to pick up the guitar.”

“Machine Head made me feel like I belong.”

Demmel recounted how the idea came about, and when I asked him how these statements make him feel personally, he answered completely honestly.

Despite his successes, Phil Demmel remains a well-grounded, humble man.  It truly was a pleasure to talk with him and I look forward to having the opportunity to sit down with him again!

As luck would have it, shortly after the interview, I was approached by Machine Head’s videographer/photographer Scott Kirkeeng.  He was looking for a translator to help him explain to the fans how the FACES of the 8th PLAGUE works.

Talk about serendipity!  I was thrilled to address the crowd en francais, and explain to them what Kirkeeng was looking for. Immediately, enthusiastic Machine Head fans sprang into action writing in French and English what Machine Head means to them personally.  I was tickled to have been involved in the process!

All this coolness, and Machine Head hadn’t even stepped on stage….when they did…it was amazing!

Respect.

Pamela

 

 

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