'New Tattoo' Prevents Slayer Member From Joining Big 4 Jam

Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has revealed that he didn't take part in the "Big Four" jam in Gothenburg, Sweden because he was busy getting a new tattoo.

'New Tattoo' Prevents Slayer Member From Joining Big 4 Jam
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As the Big 4 tour has rolled on through Europe and North America, fans have come to expect the mega-jam of "Am I Evil?" between thrash metal's pioneers at the closing of Metallica's set. While Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica have been all too keen to participate in the encore performance, one band's membership has been notably thin on the ground. At the Big 4 show in Gothenburg on July 3rd, neither Kerry King nor Dave Lombardo from Slayer made appearances at the show's end. According to Blabbermouth.com, both members have now given their reasons why. Guitarist Kerry King had the following to say when questioned about his absence by Sweeden's Aftonbladet newspaper: "I was supposed to be there, but they changed the song at the very last minute... We were gonna play the Anti-Nowhere League's ''So What', so I had rehearsed that song. When they changed it to 'Am I Evil?', I decided not to do it. I haven't thought about that song for two months since we played it in California [at the only U.S. 'Big Four' show so far]." Dave Lombardo, however, had very different reasons for not taking part in the jam. Posting on his official facebook page after the show, Dave revealed the reason for his absence with a photo of him getting a new tattoo. You can view it here. Previously in an interview with MusikUniverse.net, Dave Lombardo has explained his bandmates' aversion to appearing onstage for the penultimate number; "I'm the only one who knows how to jam and have a good time! The other guys, they don't do that kind of thing. They just know their music when it's written and that's it - they don't know how to go up and improvise and enjoy themselves. Jeff [Hanneman; guitar] does a little bit, but not the other guys [bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King]." Big 4 shows are set for Europe throughout July.

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    Jesus_Dean
    Jeeeeezzzz, guys! Get with the program! The fans wanna see the jam at the end. Is it too much to ask for that you learn a song or two so you can jam along? You're musicians, right? You play for a living, right? If ya can't play the damn thing, get a roadie to show ya how. Or just go out and fake it, but get your sses out there.
    dial-a-death
    Kerry King clearly had problems because half way through there's a few fast bars on the A string rather than the E.
    ihaterap69
    How does a professional musician in a thrash metal band NOT know how to improvise or jam?
    Lacebad
    ihaterap69 wrote: How does a professional musician in a thrash metal band NOT know how to improvise or jam?
    I wouldn't mind but it's not exactly a mind blowingly hard song, hell, kirk hammet can play it!
    Campion95
    so..when Kerry doesn't play a song for two months he forgets it? what happens when they go off tour for two months because i heard Kerry say in a interview that he doesn't practice off tour. does he have to relearn all the Slayer songs?
    mynamehere040
    ihaterap69 wrote: How does a professional musician in a thrash metal band NOT know how to improvise or jam?
    Key words: Thrash metal band.
    Slash181
    not very ****in dedicated nor very rock n roll. this is like a footballer not turning up to a match because hes too busy gettin a hair cut or an official going awol for a day because he needs to see the dentist. never liked them bands anyway. METALLICA!!!
    DarkieBC
    nashmanz wrote: If anyone can claim they stayed "true", it's Megadeth Sorry for double post but Mustaine didn't stay true to thrash... Did you forget about the album Risk?
    Slayer is the only band that did REALLY stayed true to Trash, Megadeth had Risk, but all the other albuns were Trash, at least the most songs.
    Reload316
    That's a retarded excuse. Am I Evil? is not that hard of a riff to learn lol.
    soulgrenade
    ****HERE IS THE REST OF THE STORY THEY DIDN'T MENTION*** Kerry King is a dooooshbag.
    MonstreRaubtier
    Korgull wrote: nashmanz wrote: If anyone can claim they stayed "true", it's Megadeth Sorry for double post but Mustaine didn't stay true to thrash... Did you forget about the album Risk? Forgetting Risk, and I'm not even talking about Thrash Metal. Calling post-90's Megadeth 'Thrash Metal' isn't entirely true. They have a few Thrashers here and there, but for the most part they're just straight-forward Heavy Metal now. Which is a lot better than the other bands in the Big 4. While Slayer was trying to incorporate crappy Nu-Metal elements into their music (Saying they stayed true is stupid.), and Metallica.. Well.. We know what Metallica did, and Anthrax was exploring alternative b.s, Megadeth was still, AT LEAST, sticking to Heavy Metal. It wasn't all that good, but it was still better than the rest of the Big 4.
    I'm sorry but where do you actually hear some nu-metal shit in slayer's songs or in albums? It might be that I haven't noticed those nu-metal elements, but in my opinion every ****ing slayer song is pure trash
    Korgull
    nashmanz wrote: If anyone can claim they stayed "true", it's Megadeth Sorry for double post but Mustaine didn't stay true to thrash... Did you forget about the album Risk?
    Forgetting Risk, and I'm not even talking about Thrash Metal. Calling post-90's Megadeth 'Thrash Metal' isn't entirely true. They have a few Thrashers here and there, but for the most part they're just straight-forward Heavy Metal now. Which is a lot better than the other bands in the Big 4. While Slayer was trying to incorporate crappy Nu-Metal elements into their music (Saying they stayed true is stupid.), and Metallica.. Well.. We know what Metallica did, and Anthrax was exploring alternative b.s, Megadeth was still, AT LEAST, sticking to Heavy Metal. It wasn't all that good, but it was still better than the rest of the Big 4.
    nashmanz
    If anyone can claim they stayed "true", it's Megadeth
    Sorry for double post but Mustaine didn't stay true to thrash... Did you forget about the album Risk?
    nashmanz
    That's why I don't respect King... You mean I can't just play chromatic nonsense the whole time? I guess I'm out. Also let's not act like thrash players can't play out of their genre. Testament guitarist, Alex Skolnick, has his own jazz combo.
    Ih5g
    i played am i evil with a band about a year ago, havent played it since, i just tried to play along with the track, managed just fine kind of a lame excuse.
    SlackusMaximus
    Am I Evil is 3 chords....he can play it with 5minutes of practice. Slayer just think they're too cool for the jam, that simple. They obviously will play the shows cause its good money but I think they feel like doing the jam is below their integrity. Stupid if you ask me, **** em!
    PRSfanatic
    That's really lame and unfair to their fans, though "professional musicians" is the last thing that comes to mind when I think of slayer.
    Niiko
    haven't really been following this much but someone correct me if my logic seems a bit off. But wasn't Kerry King slating Metallica not so long ago for some silly reasons? I kinda find it a bit sad that Slayer don't even know how to jam, or would rather be getting tattoo's than giving fans what they want.... Or something like that, i'm just rambling now... But my point is, it's some pretty pathetic reasons for not playing... I mean, most Metallica songs are usually in the key of E minor?
    Rob E
    By now it's not even a surprise that nobody or not all of the guys from Slayer shows up. I was there in Gothenburg and the jam thing is cool and all, but now the things that i look for when it happens is: 1) Will Joey sing the right lines? 2) Will Slayer be there? ...answer to both on Sunday was a No.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Thats...so...weird. "Hey guys the other bands are still playing and the show's not over and I'm the only one that can improvise so I can take part in the jam later, so I'm going to get a big ass tattoo that will take hours. ...Bye." What a strange man.
    cargath
    Slayer have always been the guys telling people "Metallica are the only one out of the Big 4 who don't want to do Big 4 shows!" and bragging about how they are the only ones who stayed "trve", and still they are the only ones rarely showing up at the jams. Fuckin' posers, they are the true sellouts. Also, if that's Kerrys real reason, then perhaps he should change jobs. Every hobby-guitarist could play that song even if he didn't think about it for two months.
    Sakke
    cargath wrote: Slayer have always been the guys telling people "Metallica are the only one out of the Big 4 who don't want to do Big 4 shows!" and bragging about how they are the only ones who stayed "trve", and still they are the only ones rarely showing up at the jams. Fuckin' posers, they are the true sellouts. Also, if that's Kerrys real reason, then perhaps he should change jobs. Every hobby-guitarist could play that song even if he didn't think about it for two months.
    You could calm down a little bit. Kerry is just Kerry, he sticks to his opinion other than changing it every 2 minutes.
    Korgull
    What? Kerry King claims Slayer is the only one who stayed true? Well, if you call Nu-Metal-tinged crap and third-rate Thrash Metal true... Sure. Let's face it. This band isn't the same one that put out Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits, and all those good things. This band sucks. But so do the rest of the Big 4. If anyone can claim they stayed "true", it's Megadeth. But even Dave Mustaine has turned into a **** and most of their albums since RIP have been misses.
    garret718
    Kerry king is a jerk. Its like he'll die if plays anything that doesn't sound "evil". Really Slayer? The song is even called AM I EVIL, you should be all over that
    SteveFrench123
    This just proves how shit of a band slayer really is. all they do is sit in a room and write their music by strumming guitars really fast and move their fingers across the fretboard once in awhile. OH and don't forget those ear-splitting non-sense solo's that Kerry "King" pulls out of his ass.
    ryandevison
    Niiko wrote: haven't really been following this much but someone correct me if my logic seems a bit off. But wasn't Kerry King slating Metallica not so long ago for some silly reasons? I kinda find it a bit sad that Slayer don't even know how to jam, or would rather be getting tattoo's than giving fans what they want.... Or something like that, i'm just rambling now... But my point is, it's some pretty pathetic reasons for not playing... I mean, most Metallica songs are usually in the key of E minor?
    Most of them are not in the key of E Minor. All of them are.