Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo before PHILM's February 23 performance at the Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn, New York. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked what it was about later SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman that stood out about him, not only as a musician, but as a friend, Lombardo responded: "What was cool about Jeff [was] he never liked to do interviews; he was very mysterious. He liked to stay backstage, he liked to stay on the bus and just chill before the show. He never went inside — it was rare that he went inside — the venue before the show, unless we had a soundcheck. Everybody knows he was a great guy, and he's sorely missed. He's definitely a person that all wish that he was still here with us."
Hanneman passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven".
Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band.
SLAYER is currently putting the finishing touches on its new CD with producer Terry Date for a tentative summer release.
Joining Bostaph, guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER's new album is guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past five years.
SLAYER's next CD will be released on Nuclear Blast through the band's own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings.
PHILM released its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).