Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has been speaking with Metal Yani (via Blabbermouth) about the exclusion of Jeff Hanneman from the Grammys In Memoriam segment.
As Lombardo notes: "Yeah, that was disappointing. But they're notorious for that. That organization is predominantly rap- and country-driven. And they don't wanna hear rock; they don't care about rock and metal. Metal, I think, is music for misfits, and it's played by misfits.
"And what do they wanna do with this kind of music? We wanna get recognized? They're not gonna do it. Let it be. Let it be. We don't need a doorstop. Metal doesn't need a doorstop or an organization to recognize who we are. We have our fans. Let the voice of the fans show how big metal is."
Metal Yani also asked Lombardo for the most important lesson he has learned in his three decades as a professional musician. The drummer responded:
"There is absolutely no friends when it comes to money. That's the number one lesson I've learned."
Lombardo was fired from Slayer in May 2013. The drummer cited that he had not been paid for his 2012 touring work and that 90% of the band’s touring income had been deducted as expenses.