Dave Lombardo Kicked Off Tour
2013-02-21 by RedTravis713 | 81 Comments

Surprising news in the metal world, Slayer's longtime drummer Dave Lombardo has released a surprising statement regarding the band's upcoming tour. It seems that the drummer has been fired from their Australian tour.

Full statement from Dave Lombardo: ''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."

The band has yet to release an official statement about this matter and some reports indicate that Jon Dette will be filling in for Dave in Australia.

Lombardo made the announcement here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Lombardo/124433877627819

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Fieryfenderz
February 21st 2013

1373 Comments


RIP Slayer

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jesuslover46
February 21st 2013

578 Comments


slayer's sucked for years now anyway and kerry king is a giant turd

MO
February 21st 2013

17332 Comments


I fucking hate seeing the business side of the music industry totally shit on musicians.

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ZilbelPing
February 21st 2013

5788 Comments


That really, really sucks for him. Basically what MO said.

henryChinaski
February 21st 2013

2455 Comments


Cool.

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Rastapunk
February 21st 2013

661 Comments


♫ Moneyy, it's gas...♫

Mabbitt
February 21st 2013

1236 Comments


Kerry King is a horrible guitarist, why does he get to push Dave around?

Skoj
February 21st 2013

901 Comments


Bummer

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BigPleb
February 21st 2013

28200 Comments


Kerry is a kunt.

YankeeDudel
February 21st 2013

9290 Comments


without kerry and his cool head tat, pocket chains, and unique beard nobody would care about this band

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2013

20194 Comments


rock stars turn 40 and turn into businessmen

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BigPleb
February 21st 2013

28200 Comments


@Yankee what bullshit, that is if you are being serious.

XingKing
February 21st 2013

8982 Comments


"expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members"

But there are four of them..

Acrosstheshield13
February 21st 2013

791 Comments


thats fucked up. Fuck Kerry King, and their bullshit.

BigPleb
February 21st 2013

28200 Comments


Kerry wasn't an original member was he? He was in Megadeth in the early years.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2013

20194 Comments


All I've had to do is look up on wikipedia to see hat Kerry King co-founded Slayer in 1981 and was in
Megadeth for a very short time after that c. 1984

XingKing
February 21st 2013

8982 Comments


They are all original members according to Wikipedia. Kerry and Lombardo being the founding members

BigPleb
February 21st 2013

28200 Comments


So Dave has fucked up on that one haha

JohnFire
February 21st 2013

166 Comments


"Kerry wasn't an original member was he? He was in Megadeth in the early years."

You gotta be kidding.

BigPleb
February 21st 2013

28200 Comments


Sorry, I wasn't born in 1981.

manosg
February 21st 2013

4665 Comments


Money Talks.

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ILJ
February 21st 2013

6536 Comments


Sounds like Dave is getting screwed over hard.

CakeWithCream
February 21st 2013

1005 Comments


basically if you were planning on seeing this show wait for the next Australian tour

TheNotrap
February 21st 2013

7811 Comments


Another soap opera....

@TheBigLebowski
Kerry was an original member. He was hired by Dave after.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2013

4334 Comments


That statement on the 3rd and 4th paragraph suck, I feel bad for him. It's a shame that bands can be taken advantage of like that.

TheSpirit
February 21st 2013

16657 Comments


got to meet him on the last mayhem tour... cool dude

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RevenantBlue
February 21st 2013

136 Comments


Well, he's certainly one of the most articulate metalheads I've come across. Very cool response without any "fuck the music industry!!!" statements.

Titan
February 21st 2013

4799 Comments


i couldnt imagine seeing slayer without lombardo and hanneman

MoosechriS
February 21st 2013

4618 Comments


Fuck that sucks shit, by the sounds of things the band are getting fucked and just going along with it.

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Emyay
February 21st 2013

4417 Comments


band sucks

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2013

5607 Comments


This is simply preposterous.

Imho, Dave's best bet is indeed to quit Slayer, reform Grip Inc. and run it along with Philm or other side projects.

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MeatSalad
February 21st 2013

13335 Comments


Sucks, and Kerry sounds like just as much of a dickless scumbag as the industry.

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PumpBoffBag
February 21st 2013

324 Comments


well, that's that then

Mabbitt
February 21st 2013

1236 Comments


So...the two best members of Slayer aren't in the band for this tour?

Poor Australia

heyadam
February 21st 2013

1692 Comments


Sucks. I second whoever said that the business side of the industry is getting out of hand.

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Thor
February 21st 2013

10158 Comments


Great. Now both of my favorite members of Slayer aren't playing in the band anymore, one of them can't headbang because he's a fossil, and the other one is a tribal-tattooed jerkoff. RIP Slayer?

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fireandblood
February 21st 2013

198 Comments


I think he said 3 original members because Jeff is still sick. Anyways, this is absolute bullshit

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2013

5607 Comments


Great. Now both of my favorite members of Slayer aren't playing in the band anymore, one of them can't headbang because he's a fossil, and the other one is a tribal-tattooed jerkoff

hahaha, this is the sad truth though.

someguest
February 21st 2013

18831 Comments


Everything for money.

If the band had any integrity they'd put the tour on the shelf.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2013

17319 Comments


who cares

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FearThyEvil9
February 21st 2013

11324 Comments


Kerry is a piece of shit

Donchivo
February 21st 2013

398 Comments


wow, so Slayer is run by lawyers?? that's kinda sad and doesn't elp in their aim of being fear inducingly evil...


Spag
February 21st 2013

1668 Comments


Kerry King still being a faggot I see.

Recspecs
February 21st 2013

9808 Comments


Bullshit

thumbcrusher
February 21st 2013

3545 Comments


oooh dear

Dolving999
February 21st 2013

1547 Comments


Fuck, why has this gotta happen just when I get confirmation that I'm gonna see them in the summer?

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newjunk2
February 21st 2013

230 Comments


So in other words, he noticed they weren't making any real money and tried to offer a reasonable solution. And instead of listening to him, his neanderthal bandmates just grunted and told him to go home? Brilliant.

RobSchuldiner
February 21st 2013

157 Comments


Slayer last excellent album was Seasons after that they lost me somehow ''Christ Illusion and Divine Intervention'' are ok though.hmmm

KjSwantko
February 21st 2013

8717 Comments


What I don't get is why Kerry would vehemently be against a new business model where they all make more money; something fishy going on here.

Spec
February 21st 2013

26824 Comments


What about the music mang.

bloc
February 21st 2013

34489 Comments


Why the hell has being in a band become so complicated? I feel sorry for the man.

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fromtheinside
February 21st 2013

16337 Comments


"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."


hoooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww?

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bloc
February 21st 2013

34489 Comments


It was the adrenaline

fromtheinside
February 21st 2013

16337 Comments


lol, my first question on payday, mind you, this means i've kept track of payday, is 'where the fuck is my money'?

newjunk2
February 21st 2013

230 Comments


"What I don't get is why Kerry would vehemently be against a new business model where they all make more money; something fishy going on here."

To me it sounds like Dave was the main one getting shafted, and he didn't realize his bandmates are making bank while he's getting fucked. So when he confronted them about it, they got defensive and told him to fuck off. Didn't Sabbath just do the same fucking thing to Bill Ward?


botb
February 21st 2013

9274 Comments


kerry king is such a faggot

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SpiritCrusher2
February 21st 2013

2599 Comments


poor Dave

kerry king is such a faggot[2]


NeoSpaz
February 21st 2013

4496 Comments


fuck man

Zamora
February 21st 2013

239 Comments


Kerry is quite the douche.

giraffesareepic88
February 21st 2013

68 Comments


What a bunch of bullshit.

Wizard
February 21st 2013

18746 Comments


Slayer should have ended after Christ Illusion, gone out on a high note cause the last album was a stinker. And if this is true, fuck Slayer and Kerry King.

Imho, Dave's best bet is indeed to quit Slayer, reform Grip Inc. and run it along with Philm or other side projects.

And then I notice this from one of the best users on this site ; ). Philm rules and I would love to see him persue them instead of Slayer any day.

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RobSchuldiner
February 21st 2013

157 Comments


^ya

zaruyache
February 21st 2013

4794 Comments


One of the most legendary rock/metal drummers of all time, and they kicked him the hell out. Wow.

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WhiteNoise
February 21st 2013

2872 Comments


wow...been in the band for what, 30 years? Only to get kicked out via E-mail...You're a giant fucking pansy Kerry King, those tattoo's ain't fooling anyone.

paxman
February 21st 2013

4083 Comments


Hopefully Slayer fans will choose not to attend the shows, but that's very unlikely. Somebody should start a petition

StrizzMatik
February 21st 2013

3158 Comments


Not the first time he's been kicked out/left. Kerry is a giant fucktard

NonApplicable
February 22nd 2013

1824 Comments


Lombardo deserves to do what he wants. I say fuck Slayer and start a new band. What talent wouldn't want to play with Lombardo?

Ovrot
February 22nd 2013

10245 Comments


Slayer had a good run.

Looking forward to The Lombardos.

simmo69lol
February 22nd 2013

14 Comments


He should do something worthwhile, talent has been going to waste for quite a while. Kerry King is a douche

Thor
February 22nd 2013

10158 Comments


Fantomas reunion, anyone?

YetAnotherBrick
February 22nd 2013

4315 Comments


^ that

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HomerPimpson
February 22nd 2013

231 Comments


holy shit that sucks....but slayer has sucked for years now. lombardo is the man, kerry king truly does seem like a huge piece of shit (all the songs he writes suck ass too, hanneman ftw), and the biggest tragedy is that ill never see them live now :'(

HSThomas
February 22nd 2013

668 Comments


Honestly it would be just the best if he quit Slayer, decks Kerry King and rejoins Testament if the position became open.

Kronos13666
February 22nd 2013

10 Comments


Shitty that has happened, Money fucks over everything in the end, But new fantomas or grip inc or whatever dave will do will most likely be better then the slayer, whatever that will be..........

MalleusMaleficarum
February 22nd 2013

12175 Comments


SUHHHHLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRHGGGGHH

Kronos13666
February 22nd 2013

10 Comments


* the new slayer for you grammar police.

DatsNotDaMetulz
February 22nd 2013

1533 Comments


But, HSThomas, Testament have Gene Hoglan atm. No way they'll ditch the Atomic Clock.

Cappa
February 22nd 2013

76 Comments


lol fired.

edit: not as funny without the avatar.

Friday13th
February 22nd 2013

1187 Comments


He should join Testament. Jury adjourned.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
February 22nd 2013

1533 Comments


BUT GENE HOGLAN

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2013

5607 Comments


First Slayer concert with the altered line up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXaLXr5dDfU&feature=player_embedded



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