Slayer Frontman Talks Decision To Tap Dette For Aussie Gigs

Christina Rowatt

In a new interview that happened during Australia’s Soundwave festival this weekend, Slayer’s Tom Araya was not asked a single fucking relevant question about the highly-publicized tumult surrounding the band’s decision to sideline drummer Dave Lombardo for their Oz performances in favor of Jon Dette, who probably isn’t asking as many questions about contracts and money and such.

Shame on Christina Rowatt of Soundwave TV for not broaching the topic. Shame, shame, shame for not asking the tough question. Shame on you for pandering to Tom’s whims.

I guarantee you she was told ahead of the interview to stay away from Lombardo talk, which makes her a hack. I would’ve asked the question regardless. That’s how I roll.

So what did Tom talk about? How they decided to go with Jon as temporary drummer for these shows.

“He actually played in the band [in the late 1990s] for, like, three years. It’s gonna be good,” Tom says. “He’s matured and I’m sure he’s gotten much better on the drums. It’ll be exciting, and I think that’s just gonna pump everything up even more. I can tell you this: Jon’s gonna have a lot of energy. He’s known to play very fast, and he’s gotten better at that.”

But why Jon? And not, say, Gene Hoglan.

“It was just a name that we pulled out of our hat,” Araya explains. “It was a huge fucking hat, and it had one name in it.”

If Dave’s out, my money’s on Jon being in there like swimwear.

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