has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET
regarding the band's decision to replace drummer Dave Lombardo
for the upcoming Australian tour:
confirms that Jon Dette
will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards Dave Lombardo
's Facebook post
does not agree with Mr. Lombardo
's substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo
came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon. The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo
has offered, but out of respect to him, SLAYER
will not be commenting further. SLAYER
is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows."Lombardo
released a statement last night indicating that he was being replaced for SLAYER
's Australian dates after he requested access to detailed information and the necessary backup documents regarding how the band's tour income was being distributed. According to the drummer, 90% of SLAYER
's tour revenue is "being deducted as expenses, including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us."
Shortly into the tour for SLAYER
's 1986 album "Reign In Blood"
left the group, citing financial concerns. Tony Scaglione
was recruited to replace Lombardo
; however, this lineup was short-lived, as Lombardo
returned in 1987. In 1992, Lombardo
left the group again due to friction with the other band members, particularly King
. Paul Bostaph
took over as the band's drummer for 1994's "Divine Intervention"
and 1996's "Undisputed Attitude"
, the latter being an LP of cover tunes. Following the recording of "Undisputed Attitude"
, Jon Dette
, who left to concentrate on other projects. Dette
was fired a year later and Bostaph
returned to the fold. In 2001, Bostaph
for good and was replaced by a returning Lombardo
. Although this reunion was initally announced as temporary, Lombardo
has remained with the band ever since.SLAYER
has spent the past two years touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman
, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Hanneman
is being temporarily replaced on the road by EXODUS
guitarist Gary Holt
Prior to joining SLAYER
appeared on TESTAMENT
's "Live At The Fillmore"
album, which came out in 1995.Dette
is currently playing with ANTHRAX
as a temporary replacement for the band's longtime drummer Charlie Benante
, who "is dealing with personal issues right now and can't leave" the U.S., according to ANTHRAX
guitarist Scott Ian