has been speaking with Radio Screamer
) about his life after Slayer
As the drummer notes, unlike when he left the band in 1992, this time, his departure is permanent: "I don't think that's ever gonna happen again. Well, the reason why ... I mean, time passed. It was ten years. When I returned in 2001, it had been already ten years that I was out of the band, and it felt like it was the right time. It was water under the bridge, we didn't have any grudges, but apparently that really wasn't the case, because later I find out that, 'Oh, well, he left in '92, so just get him out again.'"
Lombardo also talked about his former bandmates' response to the death of Jeff Hanneman
, noting that he was not impressed by their behavior at the guitarist's memorial: "I don't know how Kerry
, guitar] and Tom
, bass/vocals] responded. By how they responded at the memorial, it was pretty shallow. It was rough for me, because Jeff and I spent a lot of time on the tour bus. We'd get picked up at the hotel and show up at the venue by 4:30 and we would stay chilling on the bus until showtime.
"So there was a lot of interaction, there was a lot of chatting, a lot of talking, we'd watch TV, we'd listen to music. He loved my iPod, 'cause I had so many different styles of music. He'd say, 'Dude, throw your iPod on.' We'd laugh and joke around and sometimes I'd surprise him with some music that he'd never heard of before. So there was lot of memorable times that Jeff and I had.
"And it sucks, dude. It's terrible when a bandmate dies, because that magic is forever lost. That band had a certain chemistry when all four of us were on stage. And not taking anything away from Gary Holt - he took Jeff's place and he's done an amazing job - but still there's something
[that is missing that simply cannot be replaced]."