Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has been replaced in the band, at least for the Australian tour. Earlier this week Lombardo said he was told by the band’s lawyers that his services wouldn’t be required. He said the move came after he questioned Slayer’s business model, stating that he had serious problems with only 10% of their touring income going to the band members. He also stated that guitarist Kerry King had "made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes, and said if I wanted to argue the point he would find another drummer." Here's the full statement from Lombardo, followed by the band's own statement in response.
Status Update By Dave Lombardo 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"
That prompted the band to release their own statement on the situation:
"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."
We'll see how this all turns out, but for the time being the drumming seat for Slayer will be filled by former drummer Jon Dette.
Add David Ellefson to the ever growing list of rock musician autobiographies. Ellefson, co-founder and bassist of 11-time Grammy-nominated Megadeth, will be release his book next year via Howard Books. Ellefson's memoir, "My Life With Deth", chronicles the story of Ellefson's fall into addiction during the band's early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band's rise to fame over the past several decades. The book is being written with Joel McIver, the bestselling author of 21 books on rock music, and features a foreword by Alice Cooper.
Ellefson says: "My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock 'n' roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people. I have dedicated my life to my craft, and I wanted to share the story of how a kid with a bass guitar and the dream of rock stardom literally risked it all to move from the farm in Minnesota to Los Angeles, and with a lot of hard work, sacrifice and a little luck along the way, made the dream come true. I think the readers will enjoy the stories, as well as the hardships, of this way of life as a musician and artist. I've been very open about my life's obstacles and the means by which I overcame them. Now, my hope is that this story will inspire others to follow their dreams and really live out the purpose for their lives, too.”
The book features contributions from Kerry King (Slayer), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Ellefson's current bandmate in Megadeth Shawn Drover and also former colleagues Chris Poland and Marty Friedman. A publication date will be announced early in 2013.
In addition to numerous gold and platinum records, David is the author of the book "Making Music Your Business" and has two metal bass guitar instructional DVDs through Rock House Method entitled "Metal Bass Vol. 1" and "Vol. 2". He is also a featured bass clinician, keynote speaker and panelist on the subject of music and the music industry.
Armored Saint were part of the Metal Blade Records's 30th anniversary show, which took place this past Friday, November 30th at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Besides performing some of their greatest tracks, they rocked some cover songs with guest musicians, including Amon Amarth's Johan Hegg and Fates Warning/Redemption's Ray Alder. Sets by Sacred Reich and Gypsyhawk were also a part of the celebration, hosted by 'That Metal Show's' Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson.
Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel was a teenage metal fan preparing to enter college in 1982 and working as a buyer for Oz Records, a shop in Woodland Hills, when he started a fanzine called The New Heavy Metal Revue. That evolved into a compilation album called The New Heavy Metal Revue presents Metal Massacre, which featured Metallica, Ratt, Black 'N Blue, Malice, Cirith Ungol, Demon Flight, Bitch, Avatar, Pandemonium and thus, Metal Blade was born. Slagel originally operated the label out of his mother's garage, and after the Armored Saint EP release and Slayer's 'Show No Mercy' release the label was on it's way. Bitch's 'Be My Slave' being targeted by Tipper Gore's PMRC in 1985 brought recognition to the label as well. The early music by Slayer and Corrosion Of Conformity, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Six Feet Under, Fates Warning, and Armored Saint were all part of the explosion of Metal Blade.
Congrats to Metal Blade and Brian Slagel on the 30th Anniversary and here's to many more years of metal success to come!
Another of the successful 'Metal Masters' clinic series took place last night (Sept. 7) at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. 'Metal Masters 4' freatured Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Kerry King & Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Scott Ian, Charlie Benante & Frank Bello (Anthrax) as well as new 'masters' Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas, ex-David Lee Roth) and Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer).
The entire event was streamed live via Ustream. Watch it in it's entriety below.
Room For One More (Anthrax - w/ Frank Bello on lead vocals)
Mouth For War (Pantera)
Five Minutes Alone (Pantera)
A New Level (Pantera)
Chemical Warfare (Slayer)
War Ensemble (Slayer)
Goddamn Electric (Pantera)
Sergeant D & The S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death)
Kill Yourself (Stormtroopers Of Death)
Angel Of Death (Slayer)
Strike Of The Beast (Exodus)
Raining Blood (Slayer)
Fucking Hostile (Pantera)
Guitarist Kerry King of Slayer is currently on the Mayhem tour, the band's first nationwide tour since 2010. He talked with Rolling Stone about the upcoming plans for Slayer, new muisc and the status of guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Steve Appleford of Rolling Stone reports:
Before leaving for the Mayhem Festival last weekend, Slayer finished two songs that now await mixing, began two others that still need leads and vocals, and demoed two more with producer Greg Fidelman, who worked with them on 2009's World Painted Blood and is currently working with Rick Rubin and Metallica. Guitarist Kerry King hopes to get back to work as soon as Mayhem ends August 5th in Hartford, Connecticut.
"If I get off my ass and start writing again on the road – since we've been in Europe, I keep trying to work on lyric ideas, maybe some leads, and fixing songs that didn't work correctly – it should be a real quick process," King told Rolling Stone, backstage at Mayhem's opening day in San Bernardino.
So far, the band has been working without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from a devastating attack of flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis on his right arm, believed to be caused by a spider bite. At last year's Big 4 Festival in Indio, California, Hanneman joined the band onstage for a two song encore, but he hasn't been able to tour.
"He's rehearsed with us a number of times. He tried to do the Fun Fun Fun Fest [in Austin]," King said. "That's the last time he tried to get out and do a show, and he's just not there. It's no secret we're very intricate, especially rhythmically. But he can't do that yet."
Other than two domestic Big 4 dates and the current Mayhem tour, Slayer have performed only a handful of U.S. shows since Hanneman was sidelined. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been the main substitute since Hanneman's illness. "Gary's a fucking badass," said King.
Hanneman wasn't at the recent recording sessions. But King explained that he typically records all the basic guitar parts himself anyway, even on songs written by Hanneman, before bringing the other guitarist in to perform his leads. "I do a lot of the bass, too," said King. It's still unknown if Hanneman will be able to return in time to perform solos on the new Slayer album.
After Mayhem we'll reevaluate and see if he's any closer," King says. "We're planning for him to come back and the door is open, because it's his fucking gig. If he can play, Jeff Hanneman is going to fucking be here, and I'm stoked about that. I love playing with Gary, and he's doing a killer job, but if Jeff came back and said 'I'm ready,' I'll check him out to see that he's ready, and off we go."