Machine Head surprised many last week, initially announcing a "Farewell" tour, then later clarifying that it would be their final run of dates with the lineup as it currently exists. Both drummer Dave McClain and guitarist Phil Demmel announced their intent to exit the band, but after a discussion with singer Robb Flynn, they agreed to do one final run of dates before they leave the group. While Flynn revealed the details in a video to fans last week, Demmel has now offered his own statement on the matter.

In an Instagram post, the guitarist explained his decision in the simplest manner, stating, "It's simply time for me to step away and do something else musically." Demmel then addressed the relationships within the band, his excitement over this last tour with the group and a little bit on his future plans. See his full statement and Instagram post below.

Thanks to all who have reached out and offered such positive support. 15 years in MH is a long time let alone the almost 32 years since Robb and I first started playing music together. I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to be in this band and I’m proud of my contributions over that time. It’s simply time for me to step away and do something else musically. People naturally grow apart over time and it’s no one’s fault. It’s amazing and we’re so fortunate to have been able to it for so long. This last run will give us an opportunity to say goodbye as a group and have a sense of closure to an incredible run. I wish the MH camp and @alienhead65 well as we see what is next. I have so much left to express musically and pretty soon, I’m gonna need a jobber-job!!! Hoping you’ll all stick around for the next chapter. Much love and gratitude, PD. (Thanks @ashnewellphotography for the pic)

Demmel's tenure with Machine Head started in 2003 following the exit of Ahrue Luster. The band's next tour leg kicks off this Thursday (Oct. 4) in Sacramento. See all of their scheduled dates here.

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