Watch Phil Demmel shred a wah-heavy rendition of the national anthem at a high school basketball game

Phil Demmel
(Image credit: Don Barnhouse/Twitter)

Ex-Machine Head man and all-round metal guitar legend Phil Demmel recently opened a basketball game at Dublin High School, in East San Francisco, providing attendees with a hair-raising, metal’d up take on The Star-Spangled Banner.

Fans have since shared clips of the February 11 performance and you can see Demmel positioned centre court with nothing but a guitar and a wah pedal at his disposal. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.