Thursday, February 21, 2013

Love For All Things Metal:Dave Lombardo--Another Drummer Bites The Dust(Updated)

In really shocking and sad news both hitting at the same time being a drummer myself I cannot believe what has been happening to some of the great drummers as of late, with the whole Bill Ward/Black Sabbath feud etc and now that Bill has been taken off of recording the new album, doing the reunion tour and even having his images removed from the Black Sabbath website I find this all appalling as do many others.
Now one of my alltime favorite bands is having some issues I guess with their drummer Slayer/Dave Lombardo who is quite easily one of the most rythmic drummers for heavy metal, Dave has a style all his own that when you hear Slayer and Dave is playing you are in for a treat!

There are certain drummers that I have the utmost respect for, for their individuality and style. There are many drummers that I have respect for even if I do not care for the band they are in but there are so many drummers I could do an article about each one and that would be cool and I might do just that someday if there is enough interest. Let me know in the comments if that is something you might be interested in reading  about. Not being professionally trained myself I do not know about certain aspects of drumming and have not played for a few months now, even though I have a set in my shed.
So getting back to what this is all about here is what Dave had to say about all the going's on with the band yesterday on his Facebook page.

Statement From Dave Lombardo Regarding Slayer Australian Tour 2013

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.

Dave Lombardo

I also hope things can be sorted out but he has been forced out and that is shitty I wish Mr Lombardo the best of luck in all of this and hope this can be resolved and the  band can get back to rocking this world like they do best.

Slayer as of this afternoon has released a statement as well:

"Slayer confirms that Jon Dette (Testament) 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."

Dave plays at NAAM 2013

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

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