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Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Fired From Australian Tour

Written by Mike Hohnen on 21st February, 2013

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A bit of a bumpy day today for Soundwave organisers and fans alike. Earlier, Gallows announced that they would be parting ways with their guitarist the day before Soundwave, and now Slayer‘s drummer Dave Lombardo has announced he has been ejected from the group, explaining all the details in a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook page.

Lombardo reveals that has been told that he will “not be drumming for the tour in Australia”, adding “I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.” He continues to explain the situation in some depth.

It appears Lombardo was uncomfortable with the band’s business model, noting that he “discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses…leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us”. The situation didn’t sit well with Lombardo who soon found himself alone on the issue. Things came to a climax when his record label tried to get him to sign a contract forbidding him “to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order”.

Things only got worse when he raised his concerns with his fellow band members, who informed him that if he wasn’t happy with the current set up, he could easily be replaced. Soon after, he was informed by lawyers that he had been replaced for the Australian tour.

Whilst this doesn’t confirm he will be kicked out for good, it certainly doesn’t look great for him. You can read Lombardo’s full statement below. More details as soon as we get them.

UPDATE: 22/02/13

Slayer have released a brief statement on the matter. While refusing to shed light on their version of events, they do confirm Jon Dette as the drummer for 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

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