MACHINE HEAD - Phil Demmel And Dave McClain Will Leave Band After U.S. Tour

Machine Head have announced that Phil Demmel (guitar) and Dave McClain (drums), will leave the band after U.S. Tour.

The announcement came from Flynn in a 10-minute Facebook Live video in which he revealed that Demmel left the band on Wednesday (September 26), followed by McClain's exit a day later. "Jared kind of quit, but didn't know if he was quitting for sure," Robb added.

Robb explained:

"We have all agreed to all make this a celebration of our music and this era of the band."

"We have grown apart as people. Musically, we've grown apart. I have held on too tight to the reins of this band, and I have suffocated those guys."

"I've got some rough edges," he admitted. "I'm kind a barnacle. And those rough edges have given us the success we have, but they've also hurt the people around me."

"I've got a lot of drive, but I've got a lot of anger and rage. And that drive of mine has alienated folks in the band."

"I ask that you respect Phil and Dave's decision, as I respect their decision," he said. "I wanna say that I'm honored and grateful for everything that they've contributed to MACHINE HEAD, which is a lot. 15 years with Phil, 23 years with Dave."

"We're all a little scared. I'm scared, and they're scared. But if you're looking for a drummer or a guitar player, you can find no better people to have [than Dave and Phil]."

"It's the end of an era. I did a lot of crying yesterday and kind of felt like I got ran over by a truck."

The band released their latest album, "Catharsis" in January via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Bloodstone & Diamonds" was produced by Flynn and was recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California.