There seems to be a lot of drama going on among the Slayer ranks these days. Ever since Dave Lombardo getting fired from the band's Australian tour the fans have pretty much been rioting over the whole situation.
And it seems a large portion of them is giving their support to non-other than Lombardo. After hearing a part of stories from both sides, the fans seem to generally lean towards Lombardo, often accusing guitarist Kerry King for making a wrong decision.
Therefore, it doesn't come as a big surprise that the drummer has recently posted an announcement to thank all of his fans for "passion, support and sincerity".
"I have always known that my fans were awesome! But never has it been more clear to me than in the past two weeks, how passionate, supportive and sincere you really are. Thank you for all your kind responses and I hope to see you all very soon. Sincerely, Dave Lombardo," the drummer stated via official Facebook page.
King has recenlty described Lombardo's firing as "unfortunate", adding that the frontman Tom Araya has doubted the drummer for some time now. As for Araya, the singer hasn't talked much about the whole situation, apart from expressing his excitement for working with the new drummer.
Lombardo's spot is temporarily being filled by former Testament drummer Jon Dette, who is currently also replacing Charlie Benante in Anthrax due to personal issues he is dealing with at the moment. Whether Lombardo will remain a member of Slayer after the Australian tour is still unknown.
In related news, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain has recently given his comments about the Slayer drummer problems, admitting that "most of the issues that pro musicians have sooner or later in time boil down to the royalty check or performance royalties".
"I'm sad to hear that that has happened, but, you know, when you find out and look at something and say 'could you explain this to me, why we're not getting what we should according to these numbers' and if somebody turns around and says 'F--ing shut your face or you're fired,' that therefore it tells you there's an alarm bell going off. Without knowing all of the ins and outs of it, you can't pre-judge it," the drummer tells Broward-Palm Beach New Times.
"I'm sad because Dave is so much a part of that band; he's so identifiable. There's great drummers out there, but Dave Lombardo is a master with it, and Dave is... To me, he is Slayer with Kerry and the guys! I think Kerry really may have overreacted and might be regretting it. I hope that that's the case and they can sit down and sort it out."
So what are your opinions on the whole situation at this moment? And do you think Dave Lombardo will and should remain the member of Slayer after the entire drama? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.