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Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Replaced For Australian Tour

Posted by - 07:05 AM on 02/21/13
Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is not on the band's current Australian tour due to legal discrepancies with his band mates and management. Read his statement below.
I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.

So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year's sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.
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07:08 AM on 02/21/13
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So the band is okay with not getting paid and just decided to kick him out? What? Unless it was just him not getting paid?
07:13 AM on 02/21/13
just working on my soul punk opera
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07:32 AM on 02/21/13
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So the band is okay with not getting paid and just decided to kick him out? What? Unless it was just him not getting paid?

That's what I wonder. There's also a lot of other things involved, such as royalties. Kerry might be making more in that regard and be ok with less from touring? Who knows, but this sounds lame
07:55 AM on 02/21/13
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08:09 AM on 02/21/13
Jump Jump
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Sounds like god really hates him
08:48 AM on 02/21/13
Rest is for the dead
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sounds strange, more to the story i suppose, but it sounds like everyone else was getting paid but him and he can't access the records to prove it.
08:52 AM on 02/21/13
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Now in a few days, the Slayer camp will come out with a statement saying Dave is greedy and wants more money. This will lead to Dave's departure and him probably suing them for millions.
08:59 AM on 02/21/13
Hi, I'm Andy Hull.
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This upsets me to no end.
09:02 AM on 02/21/13
blown from the hinge
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So the band is okay with not getting paid and just decided to kick him out? What? Unless it was just him not getting paid?
i'm thinking that he's stumbled on to something that Kerry is involved with (probably getting some of that money under the table or something) and he's trying to get him to sign his rights away.
09:02 AM on 02/21/13
A Million F@$% Diamonds
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Slayer should just hang up their hats at this point. I'm a long time Slayer fan, but without Dave on drums and Jeff on guitar, it's just not Slayer anymore... and they've had a good long run... enough's enough.

I think Kerry's ego is just getting in the way, but who knows
09:08 AM on 02/21/13
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its the easy E scheme all over again
09:29 AM on 02/21/13
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Fuck. Reading that bums me out incredibly.
09:38 AM on 02/21/13
Don't hold your breath
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Weird that he said "end of business day..."
09:44 AM on 02/21/13
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Sounds like god really hates him

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