Demmel is filling in for SLAYER‘s guitarist of the past eight years, Gary Holt, who announced on Sunday that he would miss the rest of the current SLAYER European trek in order to return home and be with his dying father.
In an interview with Metal Casino, Demmel explained how he was approached by SLAYER to fill in for Holt: “I wrapped up the MACHINE HEAD tour — I quit MACHINE HEAD, did our last show — and the next day I got a text from Kerry King [SLAYER guitarist] saying, ‘Do you think you can learn 19 SLAYER songs and be out here in two days?’
So, my wife had been at home with our son and running our business, and I had been gone for two months. And I showed her the text. She was so happy to have me home. So I showed her the text, and she had said, ‘You’ve gotta go. You have to go do it.’ So I started studying [the songs] on the plane. And I came out and played my first show [Monday] night [in Copenhagen, Denmark].”