Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dave Lombardo: Out of SLAYER =/

Woe is me. Seriously. DrumTHRONE inductee, thrash metal pioneer and all around coolest drummer in the world, Dave Lombardo is out of Slayer. Again.

Dave released the following statement on his facebook page last night:
Statement 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.

Dave Lombardo
This isn't the first time Dave has left the band. There were brief stints in the 80's where he'd bail and they'd tour with different drummers but it was pretty clear Lombardo, one of Slayer's founding members, belonged behind the kit. He would return and then they'd record another awesome album and the Slaytanic show rolled on. This lasted until 1992 when Dave permanently quit the band to pursue other musical endeavors and spend time with his family. Slayer continued touring and recording after his departure but their musical output for most of the 90's, aka the non-Lombardo years, are hardly noteworthy. In fact it wasn't until Dave rejoined the band in 2002 that Slayer began their current wave of rejuvenation and success.

Who's Next???
With Jeff Hanneman still sidelined due to that pesky flesh eating virus he contracted in 2011, and Lombardo seemingly ousted from the band, what does this mean for the future of Slayer? I'm sad right now guys. Hold me...

I'll leave you with what is probably my favorite Dave Lombardo video around, one that I know I've already posted in the past but its just that damn good...


  1. I don't really know Slayer much but I know enough about this situation, thanks to you, to call it a pretty bad one. He was trying to look out for the band and make sure they weren't being ripped off and this is what he gets. I hope that he gets back in after this tour, and that the band can sort out their finances.

  2. Sucks such things go down, hopefully all will be well one day soon in Slayer town.

  3. It's kinda sad how business goes with great bands. It's awesome he was so detailed, and it seems like he was just stuck between a rock and a hard place when the knife came through and slit him up. Cough.

    Hopefully something good will come of this. I'm sorry for your loss.

  4. Wont somebody please think of the children! At this rate my unborn children will not live to see Slayer, I use Slayer in the inclusive term ie with Lombardo

  5. That's absolutely disgraceful that management are sucking such an obscene money out of the band who made all the music, there's something inherently wrong with that and hopefully it gets sorted, shame the guy's out of the tour and the band.

  6. I don't think I've ever seen a photo of four people who look tougher than those four dudes.

  7. Terrible news, to me the band is not Slayer without DL. Though, it would be cool if this means he will do another album with Mike Patton in Fantomas.

  8. Wow I wasn't aware of this until reading this post...terrible!