Dave Lombardo 'Sickened, Shocked' By Former Bandmates: 'If It Wasn't for Me, Slayer Wouldn't Exist'

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Dave Lombardo 'Sickened, Shocked' By Former Bandmates: 'If It Wasn't for Me, Slayer Wouldn't Exist'
Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is still in a state of shock about the latest firing, as he gave his ex-bandmates quite a bashing, calling the entire matter "sickening."

"This could have been an easy fix," Dave told Planet Mosh. "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 [Hanneman] didn't want this - and neither did I."

Asked to comment on Tom Araya's statements describing him as merely "a working member of the band," Lombardo replied: "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 [King] to start this band. Somehow they have forgotten that."

Describing his "ranting" Facebook statement as "accurate" and his current relationship with Araya and King as "sadly, non-existent," the drummer focused on the band's reactions to Hanneman's passing.

"I was shocked that Tom didn't show up to the memorial," he said. "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..."

Switching to a less grim topic, Dave discussed Philm's new record. "It is ready for release," he explained. "I can't wait to get it out there. It's heavy as f--k. Obviously, due to the many changes in the music industry there are several ways of getting your music to the masses. We are exploring the different options now. Independent, distribution deal etc ... We hope to get it out soon"
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