Dave Lombardo Kicked Out Of Slayer?

Longtime Slayer drummer left in a state of shock after being replaced for the group's forthcoming tour in Australia.

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Original Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was left in a state of shock after the group's sudden decision to have him replaced for the forthcoming Australian tour set to begin in mere two days. The drummer issued an official statement in which he starts off by apologizing to fans, adding that he is "saddened and shocked" by the current situation.

"I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums."

"So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I'm saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation."

Lombardo continues by talking about the band's financial situation, revealing what apparently seems to be some murky business going on within the group and it's management. The drummer discovers that despite touring the world for most of 2012, he still hasn't received payment for his share of work. To make matters worse, Lombardo was allegedly told he won't be paid prior to signing a longform contract.

"Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer's tour income was being deducted as expenses, including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band's business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my bandmates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary backup documents."

"I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year's sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a longform contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order."

After trying to clear things out by proposing a new business model to the rest of the band, Lombardo was turned down, with guitarist Kerry King saying he will find another drummer. The situation escalated rather quickly and Lombardo was kicked off the Australian tour within days.

"Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best... play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn't interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 p.m. as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 p.m. I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates", said the drummer via official Facebook page.

Right now, Lombardo isn't the only one shocked by such a turn of events with fans around the globe showing their disbelief and still trying to grasp the entire situation. The drummer however "remains hopeful" that the issues will be resolved and hopes for the best possible outcome.

"I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the three of us original Slayer members. I look forward to seeing you in the future."

So what just happened here? We know he wasn't officially kicked out of the band, but this sure seems like the next closest thing. Do you think Slayer can and should go on without Dave Lombardo? And what do you think about all the issues he mentioned or the way he was treated? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Dave deserves better than this. He's the only member of Slayer I think I could stand as a person, and this is about the worst way you could treat a bandmate.
    Dr. Knox666
    This. "Rather, at 6:24 p.m. I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates". What a ****ed up way to treat a bandmate you know for over 30 years.
    You know Metal is on the verge of dying when the word "lawyer" pops up in a band dispute about money, of all things.
    Especially since he's like the king of double-bass drums...Wish the best for him, and I'm sure he wouldn't have any trouble finding somewhere to use his amazing talent elsewhere.
    yeah he should be in metallica
    Downvotes? I agree wholeheartedly. Go watch him play Battery with Metallica at Download and try to disagree. But before you watch that, watch any other video (from 2004 til now) of Lars playing Battery. You'll be mesmerised by the difference. I don't understand the fanboyism. Lars is an awesome guy, wrote some awesome music with his awesome band, but he can't play drums anymore. As for Dave, this absolutely sucks. There goes any interest I had for Slayer.
    Im not trying to start a online argument, but I think Lars can still play. He is just getting older and playing the same stuff night after night at that age is probably a lot harder than people believe. Listen to some of the stuff from Death Magnetic and St anger. He can still bang out some bad ass shit, but he probably gets a little drained after a 2 year long tour. And I think Metallica wouldn't sound the same without his style of playing and song arrangement. He contributes to Tallic's sound alot more than people think. Not saying Dave cant play faster and louder, just saying he belongs in slayer as lars belongs in tallica. Just hope this isn't Slayer breaking up...
    Excluding the fact that he's a nice guy...98% of that band's talent, as of now, is gone with Hanneman and Lombardo out.
    Not to mention the only one who isn't completely overrated as a musician.
    This is really f*cking disrespectful and ungrateful towards Dave, he deserves much better than to be treated like this. Not only is he a hugely nice and humble guy, but his drumming is one of the few aspects I like about their music, and one of the main reasons that they were able to rise to fame. I hope he'll be able to work this out, but in case he gets fired or leaves, I wish him the best of luck in the future. In my opinion, he's way too good for Slayer, both personally and musically.
    I've always felt this way too. Slayer is fun, but honestly they can be pretty hokey sometimes. Dave is by far the best musician in the band. If he played for a more technically/musically respected band, people would consider him the best drummer in the industry. I do anyway.
    Look at the bright side, maybe he can join Metallica where he will make more money, I read somewhere on UG that Metallica haven't had a drummer since 'and justice' and from the sound of the records following it sounds somewhat accurate.
    Man I love Metallica, but yeah, Lars is a pretty shitty thrash metal drummer. Has been holding them back since forever. He's a much better hard rock drummer, like in the Black Album or Load. I'd love to hear some And Justice or Ride the Lightning songs with a real metal drummer like Lombardo or Cavalera.
    In all fairness, Lars used to be a great drummer. His work on songs like "Battery" and "Dyer's Eve" are obvious examples. But after 1990 hit, he didn't stand a chance against any drummer to come out since.
    It kinda reminds me of Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, some of his early drumming is really intricate and awesome, but on all the popular Floyd he's little more than an amplified metronome
    @Benjumanji - His work for Fantomas is a great example of his technical skill, I'm not a huge Slayer fan but I have mad respect for Lombardo because of Fantomas
    I find it amusing that a guy like Kerry King, who acts like he's some sort of tough guy, has to have his lawyers email a long-running bandmate his walking papers. Give up the act, Kerry....you're a poser.
    That's been obvious ever since he picked Slipknot over Celtic Frost. I can only imagine he's the genius that decided Diabolus in Musica needed to be Nu-Metal-ridden trash.
    This is one of the reasons I dislike Kerry King. This was a band thing, then he brought in outside lawyers immediately before anything could really even be talked about. He has no respect for Dave.
    I don't think he has much respect for anyone, to be honest.
    L.T Kickass
    He thinks he's so important yet has never contributed anything of worth EVER. I don't like Slayer, but even I can see Jeff Hanneman wrote all of their good songs.
    I met Kerry King at a meet and greet last year and he was kind of rude and seemed very uninterested in his fans. Granted he's probably done hundreds of meet and greets and might be sick of them by now, but he still did not treat his fans the way i think he should've. But that's just my experience
    "Kerry made it clear he wasn't interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer." That's just wierd. Is he stupid or what? If a drummer of my band would find out that 90% of the money I earn goes to some stupid labels and such shit, I would definetly be with him. And I do realize he doesn't earn all the money by himself, it's the band that earns it. Also a band can exist without a label, especially at the level Slayer's at. But what would a label without bands do? So really I think the band and promoters should get less than the band, and be grateful for what they get, because they would all be worthless without the band.
    I think Kerry might be getting part of those 90% under the table. That's why he doesn't wanna change anything.
    Dave actually chose NOT to tour with the band to australia.. this website i can clearly tell is written by somebody who doesn't know everything.. dave chose not to go leaving the band at a halt.. and kerry and tom actually both were very mad/shocked/ and disappointed... its just dave is selfish.. thanks for leaving your boys down again dave..
    This is worst treating of a band member I've ever heard, in a professionally sense anyway. Why is it Kerry gets make up these decisions, Dave's playing on drums is so much more advanced than Kerry's skill on guitar. Totally ****ed up.
    Those who say that Mustaine is an *****, they surely don't know King at all. One at least is a profesional
    I'd expect this sort of bs from Kerry, but where does Tom stand in all of this?
    I get the impression that Kerry is the Mustaine of Slayer, which would explain why those two fell out so many years ago (too much alike). In Mustaine's book, he really gave the impression that Megadeth is a business (and it is, to be fair), but nothing more; not like a brotherhood or a gang of friends, which is how it ought to be, ideally. Just as Megadeth is Dave's creation, Slayer is Kerry's baby, and as long as everyone agrees with him, all is well. If not, there's the door...
    At least mustaine is more of a profesional, and he does the 99.8% of work in megadeth, which gives him the right to decide. Kerry's job with slayer is just a huge joke.
    And this comes just days after King said he didnt want to establish a revolving-door policy in finding stand-ins for guitarist Jeff Hanneman, he makes no sense. Dave has obviously seen a flaw in the business plan and is only trying to help the band, i honestly don't get why they have got rid of him.
    Wow. just wow... If they don't resolve this and treat this guy with the respect he deserves, I will not be going to any Slayer concerts any more.
    First Hanneman can't play, then Lombardo gets ****ed? Slayer seems to be going extinct, and maybe it should. I'm going to go listen to Hell Awaits.
    Lombardo is really the only thing good about band that ceased being relevant or good over a decade ago. Slayer is over.
    Kerry King's an *****. He bash's Metallica but is the first in line for the meal ticket of the Big Four shows.
    I really fear that this may be the end of Slayer. Jeff hasn't been playing with the band for almost 2 years now, Tom has hinted that he's over the whole thing of touring and now this is happening with Dave. This is not something that should be a problem for one of the worlds most iconic metal bands.
    I thought the same thing as soon as I saw the headline. Immediately after the thought that came into my head was "No new album then..."
    I don't fear the end of Slayer at all. They have made some great music, and some not so great music, but at this point, they seem to have run their course. Just wish they would call it a day politely instead of all this crap.
    Im probably gonna get shit for this, but ive always kinda considered Dave to be the only member of the band with any actual talent. I mean Dave Lombardo is considered by many to be an excellent drummer, but who actually considers the mindless shredding of Kerry King to be strong guitarwork? i know i dont..
    People are comparing King to Mustaine. Say what you will about Mustaine (believe me, I know he can be a shit head) at least Mustaine writes the ****ing songs. King just plays Hanneman's riffs and writes two or three forgettable songs per album
    Whats up with drummers getting screwed out of payments? Bill Ward, Dave Lombardo. This is getting ridiculous. Next up: Mike Portnoy gets fired from Adrenaline Mob.
    If Nicko McBrain gets kicked out of Iron Maiden next I'm going to kill myself.
    Guns N' Chains
    It sounds like Axl might have got involved or something. In all seriousness, that is ridiculous. Total disrespect on Kerry King's part. Who put him in charge? And that is a cowards way out to have to have lawyers email a band member that you have known for over 30 years to tell him he is out. Why not confront him yourself?
    Yep, the Slayer as I know it is no mas. Glad I got to see the full lineup when I could.
    I think Dave and Jeff should just leave Slayer and move on to do another project together. Then we'd have the Slayer sound again, not whatever Kerry King intends on writing. I've not heard one KK song or solo I've liked. He's in my opinion, an awful lead guitarist, and an even worse songwriter.
    That's incredibly messed up. I'd like to think after this gets press that Kerry King will get embarassed by the whole ordeal and work it out with Lombardo, but something tells me it won't be that clean and simple. On a different note, I can't believe how professionally Lombardo is treating this. If it were me, I'd be calling King a p***y on Twitter or something.
    they fire their most talented member? wtf is up with that. if they were to fire anyone they should fire king for his mindless whammy wank solos of doom
    Michael Stewart
    While little wayne, justin bieber and all the other pop idiots make millions being a retarded pawn for the music industry, true musicians are treated like sh!t.The management tears the bands apart and they profit in the end no matter what. I hate record labels. I hate the industry. That's why I support local music. Not a fan of Protest the Hero but they put a lot of hard word into their new album and funded it all on their own. FFDP also funded their last album. I think we as musicians should boycott all record labels and use the internet to our advantage. Sure it will be difficult and near impossible but even if you go the traditional way, you are only as great as you are allowed to be by the industry.
    Looks to me like Kerry King is a money hungry thief... but then again we knew this forever ago
    I really can't believe what I just read... Hope he stays in the band. I mean, who can replace Dave f***ing Lombardo!?
    Paul Bostaph did a decent job.
    a drummer
    as a drummer, he did, but the music they released during that era was shit. Dave brings that slayer thrash sound to them. Kerry is one dumb mother****er
    Second Rate
    This is not meant as disrespect to Dave, and I know this will get down voted, but Paul Bostaph makes an ass of Dave Lombardo on the drums. It wasn't the lack of Dave Lombardo that made Slayer suck during the period when Bostaph was in the band, it was Kerry King's suckling at the Nu-Metal tit that brought them down.
    Technically, there's probably hundreds of drummers who can "replace him". But morally? Nobody. What I mean is that this guy -
    could easily play the parts... but without Lombardo, Slayer isn't really Slayer...
    Technically, there's probably hundreds of drummers who can "replace him". But morally? Nobody. What I mean is that this guy -
    could easily play the parts... but without Lombardo, Slayer isn't really Slayer...
    Perhaps no one can truly replace him, but let's not all pretend that there wasn't a previous Lombardo-less Slayer era.
    The guy from Absu that they used to make Lombardo jealous the last time he and Slayer split ways. Then again, the drumming in Slayer is probably too simple for Proscriptor.
    I am officially not a fan until King makes this right. Who owns the band? Is it Araya/King, with the other two being hired guns ala KISS? Either.way, Lombardo is the ONLY slayer.drummer.
    F*** you King.....what the f*** is wrong with you? You just let go of one of the greatest drummers of all time, which is 1000 times more that could be said about your guitar skills. I hope you are happy.
    This blows, but it's predictable, really. Lombardo is pretty much being ****ed in the ass/robbed/not paid since day 1 in Slayer.
    Even though I think Slayer should have called it a day a long time ago, that's pretty shitty.
    Sounds like Kerry has MegaDave disease...which is hilarious considering Jeff wrote all the good riffs! World Painted Blood was horrible. Time to hang it up, Slayer. Dave is in much more interesting projects outside of Slayer. Every other day Tom talks about life after Slayer, his heart isn't in it anymore, you can tell. Jeff (while he was the sh*t back in the day) has gotten fat & sloppy over the last few years. All that's left is Kerry writing the same tired old chromatic sh*t and pimping horrible BC Rich gear. Enough is enough, I saw these guys on the Reign in Blood tour in 87, saw them on Clash of The Titans in 91 (when they DESTROYED Megadeth & Anthrax)...now they're just sad.
    But you can't compare Kerry and Dave, come on that's just plain ignorance. First of all is the quality of the stuff both write, second is the fact that one thinks that because he formed the band, has all the right to decide everything in it, when in other hand you have a guy that does nearly all the work of the band, even produced some albums, who actually EARNS the right to decide what stays or does not stay in the band.
    the bill ward thing again? not coming on terms about money?
    And now Kerry King has proven to be a bigger sell out than Nickelback.
    F_U_C_K. What kinda of stupidity is this? Band only paid 10%? Dave is thrown out of the band? Slayer is a mess
    That is the downside of signing a huge contract, they generally take the majority of your monies. But still 10% is pretty shitty, sounds like someone is skimming because they aren't allowed to see all the financial paperwork.
    Kerry King is a dork. Slayer have been dead since that crappy nu-metal Slayer album.
    I'd be lying if I said I was shocked or anything by this stuff at all. That's just more proof that Kerry King is a hypocrite & a c#(@sucker.
    What?! Damn man that's messed up. I'm not the biggest slayer fan and all of the guys from slayer seem like dicks but this is just to much. I wonder if Jeff even wants to play with these ***** any more.
    And I thought the Nightwish-Tarja thing was ugly... F*cking pricks. Where is the ****ing logic there, disrespecting the best musician (by FAR) among them like this?! F*ck 'em.
    Looks to me like Kerry King is a money hungry thief... but then again we knew this forever ago. King should realize he wouldn't be shit in the music world without Lombardo and Hanneman pushing "his band" to success. Sucks for Lombardo getting shafted an entire year by money hungry douchebags.