Slayer’s Tom Araya: Why Lombardo Was Fired

Tom Araya

In a new interview, Slayer vocalist and bassist Tom Araya explained just why Dave Lombardo’s no longer the band’s kitman.

“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,” says Araya.

Huh?

“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.”

So they were pissed that he made public band business? That’s not enough of a reason to alienate your fans, dude.

“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.”

Oh, is it?

“Kerry, Jeff 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.”

I think its weird he also lays the blame with someone who isn’t around anymore to offer his side of things.

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