Dave Lombardo 'Sickened, Shocked' By Former Bandmates: 'If It Wasn't for Me, Slayer Wouldn't Exist'

"Jeff didn't want this - and neither did I," the drummer adds.

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Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is still in a state of shock about the latest firing, as he gave his ex-bandmates quite a bashing, calling the entire matter "sickening."

"This could have been an easy fix," Dave told Planet Mosh. "I wasn't asking for anything other than to be treated equally. I'm sure I've made mistakes along the way, but my intention was never to leave. Who would do that in the golden years of a band? Where we stand now disgusts me. Jeff [Hanneman] didn't want this - and neither did I."

Asked to comment on Tom Araya's statements describing him as merely "a working member of the band," Lombardo replied: "It's sickening. I left the band in '92 to be at home for the birth of my son, period. One show changed the course of this band. Tom has forgotten history... swallowed the stories that have been created throughout the years to sell tickets.

"If it weren't for me, Slayer would not exist. I approached Kerry [King] to start this band. Somehow they have forgotten that."

Describing his "ranting" Facebook statement as "accurate" and his current relationship with Araya and King as "sadly, non-existent," the drummer focused on the band's reactions to Hanneman's passing.

"I was shocked that Tom didn't show up to the memorial," he said. "It was uncomfortable for me to be there, given what was going on with the band, but I still showed up. I was equally shocked at Kerry's self-centered stories. None of his stories described the kind of human being Jeff was..."

Switching to a less grim topic, Dave discussed Philm's new record. "It is ready for release," he explained. "I can't wait to get it out there. It's heavy as f--k. Obviously, due to the many changes in the music industry there are several ways of getting your music to the masses. We are exploring the different options now. Independent, distribution deal etc ... We hope to get it out soon"

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    I'd love to see more Fantomas from him, they're much better than Slayer anyway. Philm are pretty good too.
    Well there's Trevor Dunn and Mike Patton, which is already a formula for an amazing band to begin with. And then they got Dave and Buzz from the Melvins. Does it get much better than that?
    Sadly, I saw a very recent interview where Buzz and Dale were talking and Buzz said he's waiting for Mike Patton to say if he wanted to do a new Fantomas album and Dale said no to any upcoming Shrinebuilder albums either.
    I felt the same way about Kerry's speech at Jeff's memorial, very disrespectful. Tom not showing up...Thats a unforgivable sin!
    Why did I dare to watch the speech. Not Kerrys brightest moment.
    I saw "Slayer" last year for the first... and last time. It's a shame what is going on. It was a good show but I don't want to see Kerry's circus again, it's a disgrace for the legacy of the band. Fuk Burger.
    Let's face it: Jeff was the only that could really play guitar while Kerry just knew how to wank, and there's just poor Tom being dragged along into this shit now.
    I am not a fan of Kerry King or anything he does but when I saw Slayer live he was the better guitarist.
    Well, im stoked I saw them when they played Seasons in the Abyss in full. Hanneman shreds. Plus lombardo is a beast. This crap is a shame and is hard to take as a longtime fan.
    My band opened up for Dave's side project at the Whisky-a-gogo! unless they retooled things a lot. it is WAAAAAYYYY different from SLAYER and IMO trippy sounding,but still good. Dave was cool. He was blown away with our singer after he heard HER lol....those were fun times. i hate seeing how they are treating Dave. i am glad the fans are realizing it too :
    At least Dave can hold onto the fact that he remains the best and most talented MUSICIAN to ever be a part of Slayer.
    Dave has skills and can go on to do other things. Tom and Kerry really can't. Slayer is what they do, so of course they have to continue. I think Tom will eventually bow out too and then it'll be Kerry King's Slayer.
    Isn't it well documented that Jeff and Kerry started the band when Kerry saw Jeff playing Judas Priest songs? That sorta contradicts what Dave said. He's still a founding member though. I love Dave's playing to death and he is 100% correct that there would be no Slayer without him. I think it's pathetic that grown people can't resolve their differences better. Even if they don't wanna be in the same band at least they could go their separate ways without all the bad-mouthing. I have little hope for anymore amazing material. Kerry can't write the sick riffs like Jeff did. Tom is still Tom. I like his lyric writing and his yelling but he doesn't write sick riffs either. Paul Bostaph however, played some killer beats during his time with Slayer. Divine Intervention has some of my favorite Slayer drum parts. A new album may be mediocre but in the end it's still Slayer and I'll listen to it.
    Technically, you are correct about Kerry seeing Jeff playing guitar one day and deciding to form a band. That is well documented, but it is also well documented that Dave pulled up to Kerry's house one day when he saw him in the front yard and asked if he was the "kid with all the guitars" and if he wanted to form a band. Though the dates aren't known it is believed that all of this happened around the same time. Kerry and Dave also went to the same high school. It was soon after this that Kerry, Jeff and Dave started jamming in Dave's parent's garage. Dave was integral to the formation Slayer so he's also technically correct to say Slayer wouldn't exist without him. Slayer is not Slayer without Dave Lombardo, period. No disrespect to Paul Bostaph but there really is no comparison to be made. I've seen them live with both drummers and Lombardo is by far the superior drummer. Kerry King is a better guitarist than people want to give him credit for. I still like the guy even though he does come off like a self centered dick in interviews. Slayer have been my favorite band since I was 13 and it's really sad to see what has happened to them. I had hoped that they could have worked all this out after Jeff passed away but sadly the two original members left have made a bigger deal out what happened with Dave than they even know. No matter how justified they think they are/were in dismissing Dave they obviously don't know or care how much it hurts their public image. True Fans of this band know there's been a huge injustice here. I'm definitely checking out whatever they release in the future but like you, I have little hope it will be any where near as great as Slayer have been in the past.
    If it weren't for me, bellends wouldn't exist. At least not on UG.
    You either die a hero or live long enough to become the villian...that joke needs to die before everyone hates you
    Youre not funny no matter how hard you try to force that one liner of yours.
    My God, this community is bipolar sometimes. On one news article, I can post a comment using that word and it'll get quite a few likes and people even praising me for continuing to make "bellend" remarks after over a month of doing it. But then, I'll comment on another article (like this one) using the word once again, and this time, I'll be greeted with a bunch of dislikes and occasionally some guy telling me I'm not funny. People like you are boring. You can tell me I'm not funny all you like, but I'm not going to stop it because of people like you. Get used to it. Have a nice day.
    Well yes, the place is bipolar, and you appeal to the idiots' pole.
    Idiots > bores
    It's still not a good reason to get butt hurt and lash out because you got downvoted. Does a comedian have a right to yell at the audience because they don't laugh at his jokes? No, he'll just have to come up with better jokes to suit that audience if he wants praise.
    I wouldn't say I was yelling, though I can see why you'd think that since I called that guy a bore. I just thinks it's strange that I get praise on certain posts and negativity on others. Maybe I did go a little overboard when trying to make my point. Doesn't mean to say I will stop what I'm doing though.
    Perhaps people are positive and negative because they're trying to cancel you out.
    edit: this is a reply to twiggy, not dynamight Tell that to Brody Stevens. He will straight up yell at you for not laughing at his jokes
    You shouldn't make a certain type of joke just because other people once told you it was funny. You should make it because you believe in it. Be one with the joke. Become the joke! Only then will it be funny. You can do it, man!
    Your own opinion doesnt still change the fact that youre unfunny attention seeker! Have a nice day.
    And your own opinion still doesn't change the fact that you're a colossal bore. Have a nice day, babes.
    Bellendman, i liek your comments. I always enjoy scrolling down news articles and seeing that burnt face and a comment of bellendary. i'll +1 you. it wont make a difference, its just to show my appreciation. bellends <3
    Jacques Nel
    You've got fans man, don't stress those who are seeking attention and not getting any
    Damn what is it with drummers getting rough deals. Bill Ward and Peter Criss best examples.
    Are you all forgetting Portnoy? He recorded an album for Avenged Sevenfold out of respect for him being The Rev's biggest drumming idol, and when he's back he wants to take a little time to refresh so the band he formed kicked him out. Doesn't matter what band you're in, that's a ****ing low blow.
    Not sure how you managed to miss the 22451234 articles about it, but Dream Theater didn't kick Portnoy out. He left.
    Philm i guess is not a side project anymore though. but opening for DAVE was the high point and whole reason we came from Vegas to LA for that show.
    saw slayer once as a casual fan,.....beyond boring, could not wait for the show to end. im more of a megadeth/metallica progressive metal guy
    I knew once Jeff died I was not going to see them again. It was bearable with him, but now I can already tell its a joke.
    No one knows why doors close, but also other doors open. Good Luck Dave, still enjoy hearing you beat the skins.
    Importance in Slayer's legacy/fan appreciation: Kerry King 6/10 Tom Araya 9/10 Jeff Hanneman 8/10 Dave Lombardo 10/10
    Why is he so upset anyway? Now that Hanneman is gone, Slayer isn't an attractive band to join.
    Not attractive at all... Over 25 million albums sold, one of the most influential American metal bands of all time... Why wouldn't he just wanna play bars again? Dave Lombardo AND Slayer are awesome. The music business sucks.
    yes, you're a founding member. yes, it sucks that you're not in the band anymore. can you go do some grip inc. now?