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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    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..
    Dave and Jeff out of band this is going to crash... **** you Kerry kicking one of the best drummer out of your band youre makin a big mistake
    There are 3 sides to every story, Kerry's side, Dave's side and the truth. Nobody really knows what happened but them. All this arguing back and forth on the internet is like being in the special olympics, even if you win, you still look retarded. Drummers are a dime a dozen, just like guitar players. I like both Dave and Jeff but Slayer will continue without them.
    dave chose to leave the band, he didn't want to go to australia.. he didn't get kicked out.. he is just selfish and this article is clearly written by somebody who heard wrong.. or didn't know everything.. kerry and tom were left without him and were forced to find another replacement so they didn't have to leave the australians out.. kerry isn't rude it was his decision to either call off the australian tour or find a replacement.. which he said "i knew dave was going to try to pull this act again, so I've always had a backup just incase something like this were to happen.. its a shame though" get your facts right kid.. dave wasn't fired or kicked out, he chose to leave his boys down once again.. i couldn't do that in my band or else i wouldn't be in my band anymore
    I can't go on their 'Straya tour, but if I could, I would write Dave Lombardo on the back of a shirt and turn my back to them while they play. I want to watch the live stream just to see how the fans will react. This is complete bullshit though, seriously.
    Jon nightrider
    Kerry King looks and acts like a typical Alpha-Male ***** pisswad.Though Dave you should get paid for previous work cause its wrong and Kerry King is wrong not to discuss stuff with you.Sounds like Tom And Kerry have the good deal.You been in that band for years and your bandmate springs this on you.Not right.Get paid and the fans will let Slayer know they want you back.You been keeping things cool though you might have to get ugly and a lawyer to get whats yours.You might have to give them your own WAR ENSEMBLE."its how many people I can kill"
    First Bill Ward, now this? What's up with people refusing to pay their drummers nowadays?
    this is just how "influential" the record companies will be to take what they want and keep the outspoken bandmates quiet.... as soon as Dave brings up questions about his and the bands pay hes taken out!
    First Mike Portnoy, then Bill Ward, and now this. Whats with all the managerial bullshit and drummer misfortune lately.
    Kerry King has become the very person he says is an "a**hole" - Dave Mustaine To be fair though, we haven't heard his side of this mess yet.
    Always thought Slayer were very much overrated! But individually i think they are brilliant, Dave is an amazing drummer and i wish i had his drumming brain. But it appears that this is the way that it is all going in metal/ rock/ hard rock/. its all ego's and money, no passion left.... bring back the "f*** lawyers and corparations" attitude.
    Getting a bit pissed off with legendary bands touring and missing original members!!!!!
    Slayer logic: one of our guitarist can't play anymore because of a spider bite.... LET KICK OUT OUR DRUMMER
    Rex Inclitus
    Anyone who has been in the music business knows that that management is usually corrupt preying on the most vulnerable who do not possess the intellectual ability to see that they are being scammed. This includes recording companies who have been leeching off musicians and controlling their material and musical direction, hence the reason why some bands put out material that makes you go WTF!! Well thats the recording company at work, as well as their look and persona. This was the reason why Zappa started his own label. Point is if you are in a band, retain the services of a lawyer it is usually a small fee and will save you lots of hassles, especially if you get a record deal. It will save you from " I'm not going to wear that !!" or " I want don't that shite on my album, I wanted this tune!!! "
    You can't really trust the "establishment" with this stuff. I am reminded of what Foo fighters did to William Smith when they decided to re-record The Colour and The Shape without him. Grohl was quoted as saying "Oh well, here I go having to do the drums myself again", which wasn't true - they chose to record without William by basically not telling him. Sure, different styles of drumming with those two, but it's still a really poor way to treat a colleague, even if they're not particularly a friend. In this case of course, there's 30 years of history! And all because he suggested reviewing the accounts and where the cash goes? Stinks of greed on the others' part.
    Man I have a ton of love for Slayer and after seeing this I don't think I can listen to the band again until Dave is back. I get where he is coming from, he's tired of being ripped off my the promoters, the venue, everyone wants a piece of your pie! This is why I am all about starting a class-action lawsuit against some of these promoters that just keep raising the prices on the fan and now not paying who they are promoting. GOOD LUCK DAVE! I HOPE YOU GET WHAT IS YOURS!!!
    Will some please explain to my ignorant self how Diabolus In Musica was Nu Metal? Aside from the time period, the better production, the slight style evolution, I don't see how that album, which was GREAT, can be paralleled to Nu Metal.
    Man,I've been a slayer fan since i was 9 years old and still,they're my favorite band.At the same time,I was raised in a christian evangelic family environment in which the only brother that i have is a pastor/minister.It's kind of ironic to me that i have always analized in depth what the bible says about every single aspect in life,especially the one regarding MONEY! The books of books says that money is the root of all that is Evil....Well,it's funny to me to see a band that has dedicated most of their lyrics to mock christianity and the bible,fall in one of the most authentic proven fact there is about MONEY! I'm very dissapointed with Kerry,who seems to be the main man behind all this turmoil Slayer as a band is going through.I support Dave 100% and Kerry,as much as I'm hurt,embarrassed and uncomfortable about all this,you are responsible for being blinded to the point of thinking of money first over the work,the effort,the trust,the team work,the sacrifice and most importantly,the brotherhood that has kept SLAYER fans all over the world proud of them for keeping it together throughout all these years...Kerry,open yor eyes man,You ****ed up brother!! Snap out of it!!!
    Kerry King can't remember scales, it's no surprise he can't understand maths either... Dodgy accounting happens in a lot of the bigger bands, ("brands", rather), but this scale seems a little silly. Ultimately Lombardo will do better without Slayer as I know many fans will likely buy his next project over a new Slayer album.
    kerry queen
    Kerry King has always been a condescending, disrespectful douche bag. During Slayer's early years he never bathed in an attempt to add some shock value to his already repellent persona. I've heard people that have known him say he has your typical self involved rock star attitude that most of us find intolerable. I've seen him and Tom both blow past hundredes of fans waiting for autographs without so much as a, "hey, thanks for coming to the show." I'll bet there is alot Dave isn't telling about the things he has had to put up with over the years. Props to him for keeping things civil. Not a real classy way to treat the pioneer of double bass.
    And now Kerry King has proven to be a bigger sell out than Nickelback.
    the bill ward thing again? not coming on terms about money?
    Even though I think Slayer should have called it a day a long time ago, that's pretty shitty.
    Lombardo is really the only thing good about band that ceased being relevant or good over a decade ago. Slayer is over.
    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.
    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?
    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.
    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.
    This blows, but it's predictable, really. Lombardo is pretty much being ****ed in the ass/robbed/not paid since day 1 in Slayer.
    Wha the f*** is this? F*** seeing Slayer at Soundwave now. F***ing pricks, never even liked or respected any of them besides Dave (despite liking their music).
    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..
    Slayer is not Slayer without Hanneman and Lombardo. If Lombardo is kicked out I will not want to see a Slayer concert again, I'm glad I got to see them once with all 4 members
    WOW!!!! didn't see this one coming, I'll be interested to see what Dave does next, he's an excellent drummer! and I never did like the rest of the band on a personal level, and this just proves that the rest of the guys are scumbags.
    Those who say that Mustaine is an *****, they surely don't know King at all. One at least is a profesional
    I thought the hanneman thing sounded like B's. I wouldn't see slayer live these days anyway now they are awful.
    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.