Das ist doch mal eine Nachricht zum Feierabend. Slayer haben sich von Dave Lombardo getrennt, weil dieser Unstimmigkeiten bei der Finanzaufteilung bemängelte. Und da heißt es immer, dass es im Metal um nichts geht. Geht es doch, um Geld! Lombardo berichtet in einem ausführlichen Kommentar, dass er bereits 2012 festgestellt hat, dass sein Gehalt für die vielen Konzerte, die er quer über den Planeten gab, doch etwas mickrig ist. Sicher nicht mickrig im Sinne eines Werbemaskotchens für Pirelli, aber doch unter den Erwartungen eines Weltstar-Drummers. Als Lombardo dies mit Tom (Araya) und Kerry (King) diskutieren wollte, drohte ihm Kerry, dass er sich nach einem anderen Drummer umschaut, wenn Dave das Gestresse wegen der Kohle nicht lässt. Nun hat Dave das Gestresse nicht gelassen und in der Konsequenz spielt nun Jon Dette (Ex-Slayer, Anthrax) die anstehende Australien-Tour!

Absolut großartig! Jetzt haben wir bärtiges Fussvolk des Metals wenigstens wieder ein Thema, das wir in unserer Stammkneipe bequatschen können. Wir als Klatschpresse der Metalwelt freuen uns zudem natürlich immer über solch' aufreibende Nachrichten. Und wie es in der Glamourwelt eben so üblich ist, haben sich bereits andere große Namen aus der metallischen Oberschicht zu den schockierenden Nachrichten geäußert. Das komplette Statement von Dave Lombardo gibt es weiter unten zu lesen.

Russ Strahan (Pentagram):

"I have a deep respect for Slayer and their music. [...] Like most, I am shocked by the current situation but I have to say, being a musician who has been in several bands and has toured, there are things that go deeper than people outside the band realize."

"I hope that this is not as it seems and that the guys can work it out, but like a lot of you that have commented, it doesn't look good[...]."

"On one final note… I can't even afford one of those $5,000.00 American BC Rich guitars and have to work a stinking 9-5 job that I hate just to get by, so to put it in perspective, Kerry, you got it pretty damn good compared to most of us."

Gus Pynn (Sacrifice):

"Just read Dave Lombardo's press release. Kerry King is a douche. How long before Tom leaves? Man, some guys are just dickheads. So glad almost 26 years ago when they came knocking I said 'NO!!' I hope Tom leaves. Kerry will just replace him with some clone and take 90% of the gate which is the way he wants it. Sleep well, Kerry."

Bård G. Eithun (Aborym, Emperor):

"So, Kerry King, did all the ink give you any sort of brain damage? Stop fucking around and just realize that Lombardo is just a big of a star as you are. If not bigger. Who wants to see Slayer without good 'ol Dave anyway? Cut the crap."


Von Seiten Dave Lombardos heißt es zu den Umständen seiner Entlassung:

"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 bandmates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary backup 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 longform 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 p.m. as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 p.m. 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 three of us original Slayer members. I look forward to seeing you in the future."