Slayer Kicks Dave Lombardo Off of Australian Tour

by Mike Lawrence on February 22, 2013


Long time Slayer drummer, Dave Lombardo, has been kicked off the thrash band’s Australian tour and is being replaced by Jon Dette who has played with Slayer in the past.  This happened after Lombardo claims that the band mismanaged money and he was not paid for their 2012 tour. Lombardo came to the band with a new business model that he felt would help fix the issues, but it was apparantely not recieved well by the band.  Here is an excerpt from Lombardo’s Facebook page:

“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 bandmates know, and Tom (Araya, bassist) and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary backup 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 longform 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…

“I sat down with Kerry (King, guitarist) and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model… (but) 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.”

The band has since responded to Lombardo and is laying most of the blame on the drummer himself claiming that he made all of his demands at the last minute and they did not have the proper time needed to negotiate with him..  Here is Slayer’s official statement:

Kerry King Slayer. Photo courtesy of Shayne Kaye on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

Kerry King, Slayer’s lead guitarist.

“Slayer confirms that Jon Dette (Testament) will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards [to] 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.”

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle of all of this as Kerry King has also been known to be difficult to deal with. For now Slayer is going forward without Dave Lombardo.  We will keep you posted of any new developments.


What do you think of this development with Slayer?  Will the issues be resolved?

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