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Machine Head Guitarist Phil Demmel Struck By Flying Shoe At Brussels Gig

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During a performance of Machine Head's classic track "Davidian" at a recent show in Brussels, guitarist Phil Demmel became yet another victim of an unidentified heckler wielding an airborne missile - in this case, a shoe. Demmel promptly exited the stage following the incident, while his bandmates played on as a three-piece.

Demmel (and, oddly, bassist Adam Duce) remained conspicuously absent for the bow at the conclusion of the band's set.

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

I didn't see it...

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. a writes:

it happens at 3:30

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 6:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Zontar writes:

Correction, it happens at exactly 3:35. Its a great shot too! Perfect trajectory.

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. IrishMetal writes:

I can see both sides of this situation - why play on when some douchebag throws a shoe at ya, but conversely, why ruin the show for the rest of your fans just because one douchebag threw a shoe.

At least it was the last song, wonder what he woulda done if it was near the middle.

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 7:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0's avatar

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What kinda f***ing a$$hole would throw sh** at f***ing Machine Head? What a loser. I'm gonna throw my dong at his mom's tonsils.

# Dec 2, 2011 @ 9:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Spaghetti_Motel writes:

What a b****! it's just a shoe. I remember watching Bodom a couple years back and Alexi got hit right in the face with a bottle of soda right in the middle of a solo and didn't even miss a note, then laughed about it between songs and played the rest of the set.

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 12:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. RTB writes:

This reminds me of the GW Bush press conference when that camel jockey threw that shoe during one of bushes stops in iraq...
U got idiots all over the globe, they go to the show all juiced up on whatever and act like jerks by either getting into fights or throwing stuff or running on stage...
Its sad yet its part of todays society...no f@ckin class

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 12:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. coldiem writes:

I'd just go up to the mic and tell the crowd to be on the lookout for a one-shoed bastard after the show and the problem would solve itself the old fashioned way.

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 7:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. sonictherapy writes:

Someone was throwing this tennis shoe around at a Kiss concert once. It whacked me on the side of my head and when I deflected it, it ended up hitting Gene Simmons right on his bass guitar.

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 8:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. wilco writes:

see i am not a detective but you must think the dude without a shoe not hard to find
indeed i did not see it at all

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 11:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. wilco writes:

yeah i did see it hahaahah
damm the dude should go in the belgium soccer team maybe they will be come world champs soccer one day a damm good shot

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 11:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. EsotericSurgery writes:

RTB, I've got plenty of class and I'd throw a lot more than a shoe at Gee-Dubya.

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 12:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RTB writes:

Lol..
I hear you

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. anon writes:

Agreed w/ cold @ comment 8.

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 6:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. machine head sucks writes:

so that is ok if the stupid guitarist got a shoe to the face

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 6:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. rj writes:

How exactly does this qualify as news?

MU, youve been slagging behind bad latley

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 8:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Master of Deth writes:

Ha, ha! Machine Head deserve to have shoes flung at them. Maybe then they'll realize that no one wants to hear their crappy music. Poor little baby. What a bunch of losers.

# Dec 3, 2011 @ 9:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. ZMA writes:

That........literally barely hit him. Why does he have to be a little puss about it?

# Dec 4, 2011 @ 12:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Josh_of_Doom writes:

In every live dvd I've seen of them, he's having a go at someone in the audience. I'm not surprised.

# Dec 4, 2011 @ 11:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. b.bristowe writes:

I would probably throw a shoe too. But what a p***y, or prima donna however you want to call it. I can't imagine if it was a water bottle....WITH A HARD PLASTIC LID.

He might of left the band. Maybe then they could all leave the band... alas, I am just dreaming.

# Dec 4, 2011 @ 3:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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