Slayer Release Official Statement On Dave Lombardo's Replacement

Slayer disagree with Dave Lombardo's substance or timeline of events.

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As we have said earlier longtime Slayer drummer was left in a state of shock after being replaced for the group's forthcoming tour in Australia.

Slayer has released the following statement (via regarding the band's decision to replace drummer Dave Lombardo for the upcoming Australian tour:

"Slayer confirms that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane.

"As regards Dave Lombardo's Facebook post, Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon.

"The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, Slayer will not be commenting further. Slayer is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows."

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    Woah. The Bill Ward Effect.
    Dave's new demands: 1. Pay me
    From what Dave said it sounds like Slayer's management is ripping them all off, and Dave is the one paying the biggest price.
    Second Rate
    I get the distinct feeling it is not Slayer's management ripping them off, but rather Slayer's management AND a certain overweight, overrated, over tattooed guitar player. If Dave's statement is/was even half true.... i get the distinct feeling that Kerry King may be engaging in some type of shady financial activity.
    They kicked out the only real talent in the band, now all they have is a weak voice, a 2 note bass and random shred guitars
    Please someone tell me he is just out in the Australian Tour and he will be in the CD
    This wasn't written by Slayer. No more need be said, it's all bullshit.
    If it was written by slayer they would have used "we" instead of "the band" or "slayer". It was clearly written by some PR rep or something.
    This was definitely not written by lawyers. No one with the education of a 12-year old writes "Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's substance..."
    It can be actually. The band's manager (or separate legal representative if the manager isn't that already) has full ability to make legal demands. Band managers also make decisions on behalf of the band, so "Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's substance..." is written correctly, as he stands for Slayer as a whole.
    It isn't written correctly. You can't disagree with a person's substance. You can disagree with the substance of their statements. I can't believe I just had to explain that.
    I agree with you that it's more than just a bit clunky, but when broken down, it still works. It was stated that: "Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's substance or the timeline of the events..." If it were just, "does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's timeline of the events," we'd all be good with that, right? Similarly, "does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's substance of the events," would also work (although that's a horrible way to phrase it). I think that they could have left out the word 'the' before 'timeline'. Overall, it's indeed silly that we're stuck on the phrasing, but I'll admit that, while I'm certainly far from perfect, I am a bit of a grammar nazi. Back to the larger topic at hand, I really hope that the guys in Slayer all figure out how to not get screwed by the management/lawyers, stick together, and come out with some great new stuff!!
    I can't believe you actually give a shit. One of the big 4 is falling apart and your arguing about ****ing grammar? Someone who has worked their ass off with this band (and might I add the only member of the band that can hold his shit together live) isn't being paid and that is what you care about? Jesus Christ....
    kill it
    Now it's time for a former big 4 super group. Marty Friedman Jason Newstead John Bush Dave Lombardo
    It sounds like you're one guitarist short. After all, all of the big 4 have multiple guitarists. Let's throw in... Chris Poland. Ya...
    Ummm....this actually sounds like the most bad ass thing I've ever heard. Can we make this happen? Do we have the technology?
    Please stop it.... the merely imagination of seeing a lineup like that blows my mind away.
    And they could call it "Four on the Floor", because that's where the Big 4 would be...sitting down & watching these guys.
    This sort of thing tends to be money related. Its a shame I thought slayer were a pretty tight group of mates but the lure of money can break even the closest friendships I guess
    I don't think that it's the "lure of money" as much as it's a professional (Lombardo) wanting to be paid fairly for doing his job. He's not being greedy he's just wanting to be treated fairly. Who here wouldn't be pissed off if all of a sudden your job cut your wages without explanation?
    From what I got from his post he said the band was making only 10% of the earnings, meaing each member got only 2.5% of the bands overall earnings, which is absolutely rediculous. Their the ones playing they shows, after all.
    im stunnded, i mean why didnt they just sey, 'no man sorry we are gonna stick with the plan, you came a bit too late with that one, maby next time buddy' i mean they are firends and band mates for 30 years, and they just **** him off for something like this.
    I'm sure there's a lot more to it than that. I imagine this is actually long chain of events where they finally went, "Dave, we've had enough. Sorry. You're fired."
    Sounds like that's what they did? He came a week before the tour and wanted to change everything. That's a big headache, I'm sure.
    They (Whoever 'they' may be) weren't telling Dave how much he was getting paid, or when he would get it. He toured all of 2012 and was then told he wasn't getting paid after-the-fact.
    I love reading some of these comments. All the I can't believe this and last thing I expect from one of the big 4. Let's not forget Dave left Slayer and didn't return for NINE years. Not to mention when he left after touring for Reign In Blood in 1986 for the same damn reason. He wasn't getting paid. So I'm not exactly shocked at this. That said, I saw Slayer with Jeff and Dave. Prior to Jeff contracting his disease. Jeff was and always has been the actual guitar player in that band. He was good and Dave's drumming was good as well. The only 2 with talent in the band so I wasn't surprised. Let me tell you, the show was ****ing weak and almost pathetic. But IDK how they planned on topping Megadeth who had just played Rust In Peace (an album that shit's all over Slayer's entire catalog and then butt ****s it) in it's entirety with David Ellefson back on bass then come out and play more of their big songs and some newer material. Not to mention Testament who opened the show and just owned it. I literally left after about 7 songs with my buddy going "you know what? that's about it. I've seen them. I could care and I've had about enough of the over the top 'look at me I'm so metal I have a slayer shirt' guys." I've never seen someone with less stage presence than Kerry King...and I've been to a Cure show. My stance on this is they're ****ing him around again. It's no secret that King is pretty much the majority share holder in Slayer and I wouldn't be shocked if it turned out he was ****ing Dave over. Kerry King is an overrated ****ing douche bag. No shit, by far one of the worst guitar players out there. Did he some how manage to write some cool shit in the 80s and early 90s? Yea. Now not so much. I swear I only read interviews with this guy to get angry at how ****ing dumb he is. Just reading or seeing him speak about actual guitar playing is like watching a retard try to lick his elbow. If they gave him a tennis racket on stage instead of a guitar he'd sound better. And his whole "I'm in Slayer I'm so bad ass" bullshit. Give it a rest dude. Slayer hasn't been anything great since Seasons. You're a joke. I'm talking a lot of shit here and I could give a rats fat ass. I enjoy their music up to Seasons but I'm not gonna kiss ass here. These guys should have called it a day a long time ago.
    King is a drama Queen. I for one won't be investing any more money in this band or any of their half-assed attempts at merchandising.
    At this rate I won't be surprised to hear Tom's interested in becoming a respiratory therapist again and Jeff's going into musical hiatus to take things easy.
    This clearly was not written by any actual band member of Slayer, it came from a PR/legal department. So **** these guys for hiding behind beuracracy and not having the stones to just come and say "****'em, we're greedy, deal with it". At least that's honest. Lombardo will be better off without Slayer. He will at least have dignity. Bunch of crybaby old-timer pussies. Slayer aren't the reigning champions of metal like Kerry King wants to believe, and they haven't been for a long time.
    Dr. Knox666
    WTF! Don't those guys have enough balls to make a statement on their own instead of lawyers and shit? Incredible that they haven't talked about Dave's demands but kicked him out at once. I'm a huge Slayer fan but this goes way to far.
    a lot of the times they can't for legal reasons. Their manager makes all decisions and can shut an artist down...they're under contract so they can't exactly just waltz out of it.
    It's not really about having balls or not its about contracts. It sucks but that's how it is - especially once you're dealing with major labels.
    If you have ever had to deal with a legal case you would know that you cannot come out and say what is real, it drags on and on for months, maybe years, all the time you have to keep your mouth shut or the whole case is jeopardised. Lawyers = Scum It's a shame they couldn't have settled it like old mates over a few beers, it'll only get uglier from here.
    I will not be seeing Slayer anytime soon. Saw them will Jeff Hanneman and with Gary Holt. Both times from the pit, and i even caught Holt's pick. But this is just retarded. They should be able to come to an agreement with Dave, he is pretty important and fans clearly like him. He is probably one of the best metal drummers around. It shouldn't even be called Slayer now, just the Kerry King show with guest Tom Araya, Gary Holt, and some random pussy drummer. And another point, so now the new Slayer album will have no Hanneman or Lombardo???
    The Hanneman thing isn't anyone's fault though. The guy got a disease. Can't really blame them for that.
    I wasn't blaming anyone for the issues with Hanneman. I should've explaned myself a little better on that subject i suppose. But still, Jeff Hanneman is missed.
    I'm thinking about the new slayer album constantly. What the **** is it going to sound like with no Hanneman and possibly no Lombardo?