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Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Sacked On Eve Of Soundwave

by Paul Cashmere on February 22, 2013

in Live,News

Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has been fired from the band on the eve of the Australian tour for Soundwave.

Slayer photo by Ros O'Gorman

Slayer photo by Ros O'Gorman

Lombardo says he was kicked out of the band when he started to question the band’s income.

In an honestly blunt statement, Lombardo appears to uncovered serious discrepancies in Slayer’s accounting system and has paid for it with his job.

Here is what he released to fans:

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 [Araya] 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 [King] 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

Slayer has recruited Jon Ditte to replace Lombardo on the tour.

UPDATE: Slayer respond to Dave Lombardo statement

Soundwave kicks off in Brisbane tomorrow (February 23).

Dates are:

February 23, Brisbane, RNA Showgrounds
February 24, Sydney, Olympic Park
March 1, Melbourne, Flemington Racecourse
March 2, Adelaide, Bonython Park
March 4 Perth, Claremont Showgrounds

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