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On March 26th, drummer DAVE LOMBARDO guested on Radio Screamer and discussed his split with SLAYER, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, and his band PHILM. Check out the interview below:
In the video below, Lombardo has some fun playing the RAY CHARLES classic ‘Mess Around’ at Esse Music Store in Italy from March 7th:
Thrash drumming legend Dave Lombardo (PHILM, ex-SLAYER) was recently in Northern Ireland for a drum clinic. My Global Mind caught up with him for an interview, you can read some excerpts below:
Musically then, outside of the clinics are you working on anything specific at the moment?
Dave ”Yes at the moment I just finished recording and producing the new Philm album which is the second release. We haven’t nailed down a record company and we are probably thinking about releasing it independently. I hope to find a good record company and put it out.”
Looking back over your extensive musical career, what have been the particular high and low points?
Dave ”Well it fluctuates, up and down you know. A low point was probably January of last year when ever they went down, you know with Slayer. It was leading up to that you know unfortunately. Well not really leading up to it because my bags were ready and packed to go.”
Still must be difficult for you on a personal level? As they were your friends, and people that you had grown up with.
Dave ”Yeah, it’s strange. It’s unfortunate as well because I realize now that they weren’t really my friends. They were just business partners. I lived and hung out with them, as if they were friends. Wow these guys are watching out for me-and it didn’t quite turn out that way.”
How do you feel one year on? Has your attitude to the situation mellowed, or…..?
Dave ”Yeah I have, I am more like-oh well, shit happens. Move on, you know”
To read the complete interview, go to this location.
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.”
Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo perfomed an amazing piece of music by Christopher Young called “Ghost Rider” with the Golden State Pops Orchestra at the haunted Warner Grand Theatre in Los Angeles on October 19. It was an evening of horror movie scores performed with the chills and intensity only a 75-piece orchestra can convey.
Video footage of the “Ghost Rider” performance can be seen below.
During a brand new interview with Brian Aberback of New Jersey’s Steppin’ Out magazine, SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was asked about the band’s decision to part ways with drummer Dave Lombardo bring back Paul Bostaph.
“That whole issue came down to this: Dave had been jamming with us for a while, as a working member of the band, but he wasn’t a partner,” Tom began. “Like all things like that, you have to have agreements, so nobody feels cheated. We had ongoing issues and finally he put us in a position where we had to find someone to replace him. He wasn’t happy, so he decided to have his Facebook rant and told the world about a lot of issues going on within the band that are legally binding and private. I thought that was wrong and it was upsetting. A lot of the claims he made were untrue. Part of the agreement is you don’t do that. Kerry [King, SLAYER guitarist], Jeff [Hanneman, then-SLAYER guitarist] and I got on the phone and made a collective decision and we let Dave go and gave Paul a call. Paul said he’d be happy to come back. He has brought some life back into our live performances. He’s in hyper drive and kicking ass, which makes us play faster. People have commented on how energetic we’ve been lately. We’re playing faster than we would have. It’s good injection of adrenaline.”
Lombardo sat out SLAYER‘s Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).
During an interview with the KZRADIO.NET alternative radio station in Israel conducted on May 1 — just one day before the tragic passing of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman — Lombardo stated about his the circumstances that led to him being absent from SLAYER‘s current trek: “Basically, I had to renegotiate my contract two and a half years ago and I got an attorney because it was too complicated for me to do it myself. And my attorney was asking questions. And the answers she got from her questions, they weren’t correct; they weren’t the right answers. So we worked on it for two and a half years. And 2013 came around and SLAYER had to go on tour, and I said, ‘Guys, I can’t go on tour unless we resolve this, I’ve been advised.'”
He continued: “What I need is clarity — clarity and transparency.
“You go and make money for somebody, and if somebody is gonna pay you a percentage, you need to know where all this goes. They say I don’t deserve to know, but I think if you’re gonna pay somebody a percentage, they deserve to know. Because how are you gonna know what you got paid when you don’t know everything else?
“It’s a little complicated, and there’s more to it as well.
“They feel that because I left in 1992 and I left for 10 years, they feel I don’t deserve [to know all the details of their business].
“I mean, I love the guys — they’re like my brothers — and I wish this didn’t happen. But now there’s like this wall between us.”
Regarding some fans’ criticism that money should not get in the way of the members of SLAYER making music together, Lombardo said: “What people don’t understand is that, being a musician, you have to be a part businessman. There’s contracts… If you’re a musician and you don’t have a contract and you don’t follow up on your business, people are gonna take from you and they’re gonna steal from you.
“Chuck Berry, Ray Charles… all those guys in the early days, they made, let’s say, $500. Well, a poor musician will be happy with $100. ‘Wow, I made $100.’ Well, what happened to the other $400? Who took the other $400?
“[Being] musicians, you have to understand business as well as your art and your music, and you have to be professional.”
Bostaph was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.