Dave Lombardo on Slayer: 'They Weren't My Friends, Just Business Partners'

"Sh-t happens," the drummer adds.

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Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo recently reflected on his relationship with ex-bandmates, dubbing it not as friendly as some would imagine.

Chatting with My Global Mind, Lombardo noted that the rest of the Slayer fold turned out to be nothing but business partners for him, pointing out he was prepared for departure prior to being kicked out.

"A low point was probably January of last year whenever they went down, you know with Slayer," Dave said. "It was leading up to that you know unfortunately. Well not really leading up to it because my bags were ready and packed to go."

Reacting to the interviewer's comment that the rest of the group "were your friends, and people that you had grown up with," Lombardo replied: "Yeah, it's strange. It's unfortunate as well because I realize now that they weren't really my friends.

"They were just business partners. I lived and hung out with them, as if they were friends. 'Wow these guys are watching out for me' - and it didn't quite turn out that way."

Asked on whether his stance has mellowed as time has passed, the drummer gave an affirmative answer, simply adding, "sh-t happens."

Dave also dropped quite a surprise by noting that he isn't quite able to make a full-time job from music, despite being a founding member of one of metal's biggest acts ever. "Well the thing is, you have to find other ways and get creative and find other ways to market your music and to recreate yourself, it's like once the internet and the world wide web came into the picture everyone scrambled and the first was the music industry because everyone was downloading music, so the started scrambling ways to make a living," he explained.

"So you just have to get creative, yeah it is difficult, it's a little different, the royalties aren't the same from the physical CDs but there are other avenues of income that you just need to sign up online and you will start receiving royalties on the songs that you have recorded," the drummer continued. "I never knew this until recently about six months ago and it was like woo I got a nice cheque in the mail. All I did was just go online and register my name all the music that I did in my life that I have recorded."

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    If you read the full interview elsewhere he talks about the health problems the other three band members were having, and even said Kerry King doesn't take care of himself and has a lot of insecurities. I found it quite funny.
    So royalties for online music are not automatic ? What the actual hell ? When you know that the bandmates are not friends but just stay together to make a living, you pretty much know that it's the beginning of the end.
    I wonder how much of this is true and how much of this is Dave being upset about leaving Slayer? Short of Kerry running his mouth from time to time I really don't know enough about any of the members of the band's personalities to say for sure.
    Other members of Slayer have said similar - that they are much more like business partners than friends, and hardly speak or see each other between recordings/tours. Nothing wrong with that, I'm not best friends with my coworkers either.
    No Dave and Jeff passed way....wonder what slayer is gonna sound like with no talent involved.
    I want him to fill in for Joey Jordison. He's one of the few who would do a better job than Joey himself.
    I try not to take sides in this feud, but if your relationship with your bandmates is like this, there is no point even being in the band... Well, except money, of course. But if they really functioned like this, it's a miracle they hadn't broken up even sooner.
    That was because, from what I understand from Tom Araya's statements, Jeff was the one that actually tried to keep the friendship factor in the band.
    Personaly im not taking any side, Im not supporting Slayer nor Dave in this. Id go to see Philm and slayer live. The truth is nobody knows what realy happend between them.