Ex-Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo: “If It Weren’t For Me Slayer Would Not Exist”


Ousted Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo pulled no punches about his current relationship with the members of the band in a recent interview. Lombardo and the group acrimoniously parted ways last year amid a public contract dispute. Speaking with, Lombardo said of the situation looking back:

“This could have been an easy fix, I wasn’t asking for anything other than to be treated equally. I’m sure I’ve made mistakes along the way, but my intention was never to leave. Who would do that in the golden years of a band? Where we stand now disgusts me. Jeff didn’t want this – and neither did I.”

On band vocalist/bassist Tom Araya referring to him as a “working member of the band”:

“It’s sickening. I left the band in ’92 to be at home for the birth of my son, period. One show changed the course of this band. Tom has forgotten history… swallowed the stories that have been created throughout the years to sell tickets. If it weren’t for me, Slayer would not exist. I approached Kerry to start this band. Somehow they have forgotten that.”

On attending the memorial service held for late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman:

“I was shocked that Tom didn’t show up to the memorial. It was uncomfortable for me to be there, given what was going on with the band, but I still showed up. I was equally shocked at Kerry’s self-centred stories. None of his stories described the kind of human being Jeff was…”

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