Dave Lombardo: The Moment I Realized We Had Something Special in Slayer

"Cliff Burnstein was about to choose whether he wanted Metallica or Slayer."

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Dave Lombardo: The Moment I Realized We Had Something Special in Slayer
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Drummer Dave Lombardo was asked by Peer Pleasure about the point at which he realized Slayer were onto something big, to which he replied (via Blabbermouth):

"I think once we signed with Rick Rubin, once the major label interest happened, that moment, I think that was a turning point.

"It was, like, 'Wait, we're doing something special. We're gaining the attention of major companies, and managers as well.'

"It was this manager. [Q Prime co-founder] Cliff Burnstein shows up at Slayer's rehearsal. And Cliff Burnstein was about to choose whether he wanted Metallica or Slayer.

"And that happened. He obviously chose Metallica. But there was a lot of interest [in Slayer] from people.

"Of course, we started playing bigger venues and traveling a lot more. So I think about that period was when everything just changed. We knew that we were on to something."

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Marsukoira
    The thing I've always liked about Slayer is Dave. Not huge fan of the riffing or the vocals, but Lombardo has this groove that just catches me.
    Spinnerweb
    Every single member of Slayer except Kerry King looks unhappy in these recent thumbnails
    zack2k
    Man, talking about Lombardo, I remember him crash into an interview of Cypress Hill in 2009. I'm sure that fest had like Slayer, Fantomas, and Cypress Hill.
    anders.jorgense
    Metallica signed with Cliff B in late 1984. Where was Slayer at that point? Qprime signup were done from the bottom and top at the same time of that company when you read the books etc.
    cactusman1
    Slayer was special because they had the balls to say things others wouldn't.  They were brutally honest within that approach.  If you look at a song such as "Angel of death" its fairly obvious.  Then they became saturated by their own bullshit.  Stopped pushing the envelope and just started going through the motions.  It happens.