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Dave Lombardo kicked out of Slayer over money!


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Initial post: Feb 21, 2013 7:08:45 PM PST
What is it with my favorite bands kicking out great drummers over money. I heard that today on the radio and it pissed me off. How about you?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 8:26:24 PM PST
Kevin Beirne says:
Definitely think its BS. (That he is out). I read this earlier, which does not say he is out of the band....

tatement From Dave Lombardo Regarding Slayer Australian Tour 2013

I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.

So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I'm saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer's tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band's business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year's sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn't interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Sincerely,
Dave Lombardo

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Metal Injection has the same statement, however makes the announcement like he quit or something. I interpreted it as he is off for that tour. King wants to be a jerk about it I guess. WTF.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 8:39:17 PM PST
D. Mok says:
Slayer ain't Slayer without Dave Lombardo.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 8:58:53 PM PST
A customer says:
Slayer was Slayer with Paul Bostaph. Dave Lombardo is one of the greatest, but he's not as integral to Slayer's sound as Bill Ward is to Sabbath's. That said, this is gravely disappointing. When it comes to metal, money and politics are the last things I want to associate it with.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 4:21:37 AM PST
andy: d.d. says:
The latest news from Bill Ward's camp is that he found a tempory gig in Australia.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 5:09:44 AM PST
Justin G. says:
Maybe he can bring back Grip, Inc.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 5:41:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2013 5:57:33 AM PST
Mas...Fantomas...

Hire new management.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 6:15:56 AM PST
Grip Inc without powerhouse vocalist Gus Chambers (R.I.P.) won't be the same.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 9:22:37 AM PST
Kerry F'n King...more like F Kerry King

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013 11:47:01 AM PST
Justin G. says:
I know. But chances are it would be better than Slayer's recent output.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013 11:52:36 AM PST
Kevin Beirne says:
World Painted Blood has some great riffs....I dig it.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 10:40:58 PM PST
The boy's 'down under' are pretty miffed by the circumstances regarding Lombardo's departure from the band. Now that the drum position is vacant in the Slayer camp and with the Soundwave Festival kicking off here in Australia this weekend, does anyone know who has taken up the vacant position?

I reckon Paul Bostaph might well get the nod, due to his extensive work with Slayer in the past. Any ideas?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2013 7:07:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 23, 2013 7:07:43 AM PST
Zaplightning says:
From what I just read on the Metal Hammer website, Jon Dette.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 9:40:49 AM PST
Isn't Bostaph in Exodus? I can't remember.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 11:16:07 AM PST
metal maniac says:
No Lombardo = No SLAYER!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2013 11:55:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 23, 2013 11:56:50 AM PST
Kevin Beirne says:
Hmmmmmm.....

Slayer - Divine Intervention - Killing Fields

http://youtu.be/xIbZWGybt04

Slayer - Divine Intervention - 213

http://youtu.be/nLzkABLX6x4

Now you "No Lombardo = No Slayer" guys listen to that^^^ and tell me that is not Slayer without biting your tongue!!!

Sure as hell sounds like Slayer to this guy....

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 11:57:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 23, 2013 11:58:37 AM PST
D. Mok says:
That is not Slayer.

Paul Bostaph is a good drummer, but he doesn't have Dave Lombardo's quicksilver unpredictability and jazz/funk-worthy attack. If you can't hear the difference, you don't know what Slayer is supposed to sound like -- like those people who think Pearl Jam was the same after Dave Abbruzzese left, or that The Smashing Pumpkins didn't need Jimmy Chamberlin.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 12:10:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 23, 2013 12:17:34 PM PST
A customer says:
I wouldn't be interested in seeing Slayer without Lombardo (or Hanneman), but Bostaph is a little better than "good", trust me. But if I had to choose between Slayer sans Lombardo and Black Sabbath sans Ward, I'd be more interested in seeing Slayer. Their situation seems like much less of a travesty.

I sincerely hope this isn't the end of Slayer and the beginning of $layer.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 12:28:00 PM PST
I don't think it's fair to say"if you don't see the difference, then you don't know what Slayer should sound like". Slayer was every bit themselves with Bostaph and I've said before I love God Gates Us All, not to mention Divine Intervention. Diabolus left something to be desired, but on the flip side, I don't care much for the earlier NWOBHM influenced stuff either. World Painted Blood is ok, and I didn't even finish Christ Illusion.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 12:31:36 PM PST
And Pearl Jam and the Pumpkins need be strapped in to an economy size van with no windows and the doors welded shut and pushed down a mountain. An extremely high mountain.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 1:03:04 PM PST
I saw Dave Lombardo drumming for Metallica at the 2004 Download Festival in the United Kingdom. Lars Ulrich was unwell (too much grog on the German leg of the tour so the rumour goes!) and couldn't make the gig, so Lombardo took to the drums and played 'Battery' and 'The Four Horsemen'. Lombardo totally pissed on Ulrich's parade big time and showed that he is one of the best drummers metal has to offer. Just sad the Slayer circus has come to this and all over money.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2013 2:34:34 PM PST
A customer says:
Hold the phone. Are you telling us Dave Lombardo is a better drummer than Lars Ulrich? Say it ain't so! Heh.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2013 3:06:01 PM PST
Kevin Beirne says:
Give me an effin break on the "if i can't hear a difference" smart guy. You can promptly go uff yourself with that, thank you.

Bostaph rips on Divine Intervention. Tons of great songs. It is Slayer. You disagree? Okay then.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 3:33:20 PM PST
A customer says:
By the way D. Mok, didn't you tell me not too long ago that you've never heard Hell Awaits? Are you SURE you know what Slayer is "supposed" to sound like?

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 3:48:54 PM PST
D. Mok says:
> didn't you tell me not too long ago that you've never heard Hell Awaits? Are you SURE you know what Slayer is "supposed" to sound like?

And what makes you think I still haven't heard it?

Hell Awaits is Slayer before Slayer was Slayer. Saying Hell Awaits is what Slayer is "supposed" to sound like is like saying Rage for Order was Queensryche's signature album. Slayer never made another record that sounded like Hell Awaits, nor did it want to. The drum sound on Hell Awaits was especially weak and overprocessed, an outdated '80s mush that was holding Dave Lombardo back. When Slayer discovered Rick Rubin and Andy Wallace, who were instrumental in developing the spitfire drum sound on Reign in Blood, that became the Slayer trademark. Nobody goes around claiming Pantera's "true sound" is Metal Magic, or that Sepultura's signature sound is represented by Morbid Visions.
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