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Dave Lombardo is OUT of Slayer yet again... well at least for a coming Australian tour. The drummer posted a statement that details monetary problems within the band, and Kerry King's involvement in ousting the drummer from a future tour. Hopefully it won't keep (their best material was all created with Dave Lombardo behind the kit), but until then check out that full statement below. Let's hope they can resolve this quickly and quietly.

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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.

Sincerely,
Dave Lombardo

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Comments (22)

Won't be the first time. Maybe Fantomas will get together then.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 11:38 AM

Kerry King. What a disappointment.

Also, he's a bigger fag than Rob Halford. Just so you know.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 11:40 AM

Tomahawk Fantomas Big Band tour?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 11:43 AM

$layer rules!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 11:55 AM

Why?!? Did he realize that he was straight all along?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 12:09 PM

Hope he got his $$$ from the xmas sweaters

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 12:24 PM

you need to live within your means

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 12:41 PM

I would prefer a Mr. Bungle/Fantomas mashup tour, but yeah, Keep Mr. Lombardo busy!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 1:04 PM

yawn. slayer hasnt been relevant for what, 25 years? fuck BV, you done goofed again. jesus lord satan christ!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 1:11 PM

slayer not relevant? silly boy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 1:22 PM

Kerry King is a fucking shit bag.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 1:41 PM

Not as heavy as Bill Ward's letter, but a quicker read.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 2:10 PM

If you missed God Hates Us All, do yourself a favor and time machine yourself back to its release date of 9/11/01 and buy one of the keys to the tomb.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 2:18 PM

Bill Ward - Dave Lombardo supergroup. Seriously.

Dave Grohl can hook that up.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 2:21 PM

Fuck Slayer. Give Patton a call and ask him what's up with new Fantomas joints??

Posted by Tommy Two Dicks | February 21, 2013 5:15 PM

Lars On Drums?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 6:06 PM

Really, remain hopeful with this Slayer Corp. crap. Mr. King is throwing you under the bus.

You are better without Slayer from now on.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 10:32 PM

GRIP INC. FTW
scream at the sky!

Posted by The blasphemist | February 21, 2013 11:20 PM

SLLAAAAYYYEERRRRRRR

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 10:15 AM

They should hook up with an orchaestra again

Posted by Bopps | February 25, 2013 3:58 PM

slayer ya.

Posted by Jamie | March 9, 2014 7:18 PM

Im exhausted just looking at this..knowing hes probably got what....another 19 songs to go?..and at his age...what a metal machine.

Posted by Flatzout | September 18, 2014 4:15 AM

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