Watch Phil Demmel step in at Overkill’s first gig in almost two years

Phil Demmel Overkill show
(Image credit: YouTube / thebirdmandan 66)

Footage has emerged of Vio-lence and former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel performing at Overkill’s first show since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Demmel (and his rather dashing polka dot Jackson Rhoads V) made the appearance at The Wellmont Theater in New Jersey after agreeing to cover for the band’s regular guitarist, Dave Linsk. The arrangement was actually announced a fortnight back and intended to make amends for a show the band were originally due to play on March 14, 2020, which was cancelled due to the pandemic.

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Matt Parker
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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.