Contact Us

Dave Lombardo Blasts Ex-Bandmates for Slayer Ouster + Behavior at Jeff Hanneman’s Memorial

Dave Lombardo
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

To say that the split between Slayer and drummer Dave Lombardo is contentious might be a bit of an understatement. The skinbeater says in a new interview with Planet Mosh that the situation that led to his ousting could have been “an easy fix,” but instead he now has a “non-existent” relationship with his former bandmates, calling their treatment of him “sickening.” Additionally, Lombardo criticizes frontman Tom Araya‘s absence from Jeff Hanneman‘s memorial and the “self-centered stories” guitarist Kerry King shared during the service.

Lombardo says, “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 the band? Where we stand now disgusts me. Jeff didn’t want this — and neither did I.”

As for recent quotes by Tom Araya that he was viewed as “a working member of the band” rather than a partner, Lombardo states, “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’ve forgotten that.”

Speaking about the death of Jeff Hanneman, Lambardo states that while he hadn’t seen the guitarist for a few months before he passed, they had exchanged phone calls and texts. He adds, “I couldn’t ask anything more than what my relationship was with Jeff. It was amazing.”

And while many thought that Hanneman’s passing might quell the bad feelings between bandmates, that hasn’t happened. Lombardo says, “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-centered stories. None of his stories described the kind of human being Jeff was.”

With Slayer no longer part of the picture, Lombardo is continuing to work with his other band Philm. Lombardo says the band’s second album is ready to go and he’s already started work on music for what will eventually be their third release. Stay tuned for info soon on the release of the next Philm album.

Polish Traffic Circle Renamed 'Jeff Hanneman Circle Pit'

More From 99.9 K-Bat

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kbat.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KBAT 99.9 FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on KBAT 99.9 FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!