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July 25th, 2009

Machine Head’s Phil Demmel collapses onstage at Sonisphere Finland

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Poor Phil Demmel – the Machine Head guitarist has suffered another attack of Cardiogenic Syncope. The six-stringer collapsed onstage at Sonisphere Finland, during the last song of the band’s final set as part of Europe’s first travelling festival. He’s alright now though, you’ll be glad to hear.

It’s not the first time Demmel’s condition – an affliction that essentially causes his heart to fail to pump enough blood to his brain, resulting in a blackout – to interupt a Machine Head performance. Last year, Machine Head were forced to cancel their final two scheduled support performances on Slipknot’s European tour, after Demmel collapsed onstage in Sheffield.

Watch the incident in Sheffield when Phil Demmel collapsed onstage for the first time

After being checked over by medics onsite in Finland, Demmel spoke to the good people at Team Sonisphere about his latest collapse:

“Basically I want to apologise to all the fans for cheating them of their last song. I feel I short-changed the fans and really want to make it up for them. Thanks for all the concern.”

The UK leg of Sonisphere is taking place next weekend at Knebworth House – although Machine Head won’t be playing following their well-publicised spat with the promoters after being moved timeslots to accomodate reformed nu-metallers, Limp Bizkit. We’ll have to make do with the last ever UK live show by Nine Inch Nails. Ho Hum. If you haven’t already, then you should get your tickets sorted out then, shouldn’t you?

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