Ever since Dave Lombardo's firing from the current Slayer Australian tour, guitarist Kerry King started getting a lot of heat from the fans regarding the whole situation. But it seems King wasn't the only one going for such a decision.
In the latest backstage interview at the Soundwave festival in Sydney, Australia last Sunday, the guitarist took some time to address the drummer issues, calling the situation "unfortunate". King has also revealed that frontman Tom Araya clearly had his doubts over Lombardo for quite some time now.
"It's unfortunate that Dave couldn't be with us. I planned on him being here up until the Monday before I left. And then I saw trouble in paradise, and since I am the mastermind on making decisions like this, I was, like, 'Alright, I've got a backup plan. Just in case.' 'Cause I would have hated to have just Australia blown out. Can you imagine how shitty that would have been? So I did what I thought was best, and we pulled it off.
"Tom's been on the fence about Dave for a while and I was pretty much the one that said, 'Nah, I'm not comfortable moving on [without Lombardo].' And then it got thrust in our face and I took action immediately and I got a very lucky culmination of things that happened."
As far as the replacement drummer Jon Dette goes, King had nothing but words of praise, describing his playing as "amazing".
"It's amazing that yesterday was the fifth time we played - period. It was just devastating, it was awesome. He's doing really good, because if we didn't say anything and nobody was paying attention, you wouldn't know. So that means he's doing a great job... It's amazing. He was completely out of playing for awhile, he told me. And then to just be at the level of playing that he is, it's really awesome."
Frontman Tom Araya didn't talk much about Lombardo's firing yet, apart from stating that he is "excited for working with the new drummer".
The current situation also seems to have pushed back the new album recording, with the guitarist stating he doesn't know who is going to either produce or play the new songs.
"I've got 11 songs done. I don't know who's gonna do 'em - I don't know who's gonna produce it, I don't know who's gonna play it. I think Metallica's got [producer Greg Fidelman] monopolized. He had February open and I was hoping to get some work done in February and then February just got too busy for us. I don't know. If he gets another window, I would like to do it between Australia and Europe in June. That would be great - just be done with it, and it could get mixed while I am out on tour and be out in September or October. That's the perfect world, so we'll see."
So what are your opinions about the whole situation now that we've heard a part of Kerry King's side of the story? Let us know in the comments section below.