Needless to Say, the Other Members of Slayer Don’t Agree with Dave Lombardo’s Version of Events
Late Wednesday night, Dave Lombardo announced that after going to his Slayer bandmates to discuss shady accounting practices that may be robbing them of their hard-earned money, he was basically told that his services will not be needed for the band’s upcoming Australian tour, if ever again.
Now the remaining members of Slayer have released a statement of their own, and, you probably won’t be shocked to learn, they basically accuse Lombardo of being full of shit:
“Slayer confirms that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards Dave Lombardo‘s Facebook post, Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo‘s substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon.
“The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, Slayer will not be commenting further. Slayer is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows.”
So the Australian shows are going forward without Lombardo (or Jeff Hanneman, for that matter), and while the door is still open for the drummer and his bandmates to reconcile… I don’t think anyone should get their hopes up. Now that this dispute has gone public, there are egos and issues of public appearance to consider. I hope I’m wrong, or, at the very least, that “Lave Dombardo” finds his way to a Slayer audition soon.