Panagiotis Karagiannidis from Metal Paths spoke with SLAYER drum legend Dave Lombardo recently about a number of topics including his new PHILM project. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Metal Paths: That was the first question I wanted to ask you, about Jeff’s (Hanneman) health and how is it going with Gary Holt (EXODUS)…
Lombardo: “Gary is an amazing guitar player. We love Gary and we really appreciate all of the help he has given us while Jeff is getting better.”
Metal Paths: When exactly do you think that Jeff is gonna be back?
Lombardo: “I really don’t know. Nobody knows… Until he feels better and the doctor says ‘go’…”
Metal Paths: That’s the most important, the fact that he feels better. So how has been touring with Big 4 so far? Is there any special story you’d like to share with the fans?
Lombardo: “I’m really having a nice time with Lars (Ulrich) and James (Hetfield) and (Robert) Trujillo and Dave (Mustaine) visited us in our dressing room, I go visit them. It’s a very, very nice friendship and relationship, me and Lars we get along great and I don’t like people talking shit about Lars! They have to stop! There are a lot of fans out there who like to say a lot of bad things about him and he’s a very good friend of mine and I don’t like it.”
Metal Paths: You recently had a special show in London playing Reign In Blood in it’s entirety. What were the fans’ reactions?
Lombardo: “They loved it!”
Metal Paths: And how has been for you playing entire this album?
Lombardo: “Oh I loved playing that album. I like playing it because I can play it really fast and I like to play fast because of Kerry (King). He enjoys that album too.”
Metal Paths: Would you like to do something like that in the future with another album this time?
Lombardo: “Oh we did Seasons In The Abyss, and I don’t know if it’ll ever happen with another record.”
Metal Paths: An EP is going to be released this summer. Do you have any details regarding the release date or something?
Lombardo: “No…no details (Laughs). Everything is already known as I said before. I really don’t know any details.”
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