Dave Lombardo says there's a chance he will never drum for Slayer again.
He was replaced by Jon Dette for the Australian datas, and it's not clear if tensions are too high for Lombardo and his former bandmates to negotiate his return or if he's out for good.
When asked by Rock Overdose if he would at least be drumming for Slayer when they return to Europe this summer, Lombardo said: "I don't know yet. I hope to be there, but at this point, I don't know if I'm returning or not."
To many fans, Lombardo's departure is unacceptable. He was the founding drummer, and his trademark speed-drumming is a signature sound in the metal genre.
"It's unbelievable. I just love my fans and I hope to continue playing for them. This is all I do. This is my life. I don't do anything else," Lombardo said in the same interview. "For the fans to be this nice and kind and concerned, I just love them."
There's some good news for Lombardo fans: his side-project Grip Inc. will start writing new material soon, and may tour with singer Casey Chaos from Amen fronting the band.
Lombardo isn't the only original Slayer member to be missing out on their current activities. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman is still recovering from a flesh-eating disease which may have come from a spider bite some years ago, and in February the band said he might never return. For now, Gary Holt from Exodus is "keeping his seat warm" in the hope that Hanneman will return.
Will Slayer ever be the same if Lombardo never returns? Let us know what you think in the comments.