One of the biggest stories of 2013 was the major falling out between former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo and the rest of the band, which ultimately ended his stint in the band, most likely forever. Both sides said their piece and everyone moved on, with Lombardo carrying on drumming in projects like his PHILM band and even with the Golden State Pops Orchestra for a show.
Now, in an interview posted with metal Wani on Feb. 3 (audio below), Lombardo was asked what one of the most important lessons he’s ever learned as being a professional music has been. His response? Totally not a shot at Slayer:
“There is absolutely no friends when it comes to money. That’s the number one lesson I’ve learned.“
Sure, the band and Lombardo have never explicitly said it was about contractual stuff or anything like that but it’s basically safe to assume that’s the idea behind the split at this point. Lombardo also commented on the late Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman being left out of the Grammy’s “In Memoriam” section:
“Yeah, that was disappointing. But they’re notorious for that. That organization is predominantly rap- and country-driven. And they don’t wanna hear rock; they don’t care about rock and metal. Metal, I think, is music for misfits, and it’s played by misfits. And what do they wanna do with this kind of music? We wanna get recognized? They’re not gonna do it. Let it be. Let it be. We don’t need a doorstop. Metal doesn’t need a doorstop or an organization to recognize who we are. We have our fans. Let the voice of the fans show how big metal is.”