drummer Dave Lombardo
took part in a press conference in Sao Paulo earlier this month ahead of his Brazilian clinic tour, and recalled the last time he had a conversation with someone from the band, Blabbermouth
"We lost communication ever since February 2013," he kicked off. "The only text message I received was
[in May 2013] from
], and he said, 'Dave, Jeff
, Slayer guitarist] died.' And that's when I was ... I had just landed. I went to Israel and I did a drum clinic, and I landed in Los Angeles and I received that text from Tom. And that's the last communication I've had."
Lombardo was effectively fired from Slayer after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette
). Now, the Slayer drummer is ex-Testament's Paul Bostaph
In a separate interview with Brazil's Portal 7
, Lombardo was asked if he has any plans to ever get back together with the members of Slayer. He replied: "I have no plans. I mean, they can knock on my door, but I don't know if I'll answer.
Lombardo continued: "I don't know. Right now I'm focused on my new band, I'm focusing on my drum clinics, writing music, on staying creative. And I just stay focused and don't let what happened in the past bother me or in any way inhibit my progress with the future."
Lombardo told "Let There Be Talk
" podcast about the musical chemistry of the original Slayer lineup: "I appreciate the nucleus of the band. Like
[of Led Zeppelin
]. When Bonham was part of Zeppelin. When his son
] took over, oh my God. C'mon. Really? I have respect for Jason and for what he's done, but when he put a double-bass pedal on a single bass drum, that just blew it for me. It's, like, 'Really, dude? Your dad was about single bass.'"