Slayer’s Tom Araya Elaborates On Why They Fired Dave Lombardo


Speaking to Steppin’ Out as part of a new interview, Slayer vocalist/bassist Tom Araya offered more on the bands acrimonious split with drummer Dave Lombardo. Araya stated:

“That whole issue came down to this: Dave had been jamming with us for a while, as a working member of the band, but he wasn’t a partner. Like all things like that, you have to have agreements, so nobody feels cheated. We had ongoing issues and finally he put us in a position where we had to find someone to replace him. He wasn’t happy, so he decided to have his Facebook rant and told the world about a lot of issues going on within the band that are legally binding and private.

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I thought that was wrong and it was upsetting. A lot of the claims he made were untrue. Part of the agreement is you don’t do that. Kerry, Jeff and I got on the phone and made a collective decision and we let Dave go and gave Paul a call. Paul said he’d be happy to come back. He has brought some life back into our live performances. He’s in hyper drive and kicking ass, which makes us play faster. People have commented on how energetic we’ve been lately. We’re playing faster than we would have. It’s good injection of adrenaline.”

The band are currently on tour throughout North America playing their so-called ‘Old School Slayer Night‘ set.