Original SLAYER drummer, Dave Lombardo, is confirmed to guest star with the band for the next leg of their God Hates Us All U.S. tour, beginning January 24th in New Haven, Connecticut. Due to a chronic elbow injury, Paul Bostaph, SLAYER drummer for the past several years, is leaving the band. Bostaph feels he is unable to continue performing to his fullest potential and greatest intensity. Bostaph says, It's been an unbelievable ride with SLAYER. Playing with these guys has been an incredible high point in my career, and I am really grateful for the experience. SLAYER bandmates Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Tom Araya are all indebted for Paul's contributions. Guitarist Kerry King said Paul has been an incredible part of our band and we will definitely miss his talent. We wish him all the best.
Dave Lombardo is SLAYER's original drummer who recorded with the band on some of their most-acclaimed releases, including Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss. Most recently Lombardo has been recording and touring with former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton's band FANTOMAS and working on a solo recording. Lombardo says, It's great to be back with SLAYER for the tour I'm psyched to get out there and kick ass with them again. His reappearance is greatly welcomed and highly anticipated. Singer Tom Araya notes, A lot of fans have been looking forward to Dave coming back it feels great to have him playing with us for a while. SLAYER is on a worldwide hunt for a permanent replacement and details will follow shortly.
Here are the SLAYER tour dates for 2002:
Jan. 24 - Toads Place, New Haven, CT
Jan. 25 - Convention Hall, Asbury, NJ
Jan. 26 - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
Jan. 27 - Metropolis, Montreal CN
Jan. 29 - Egyptian Room/Murat Centre, Indianapolis, IN
Jan. 30 - Piere's, Fort Wayne, IN
Jan. 31 - Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
Feb. 01 - Madison Theatre, Peoria, IL
Feb. 02 - Seven Flags Event Center, Clive, IA
Feb. 05 - La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX
Feb. 06 - Aerial Theatre, Houston, TX
Feb. 07 - Bronco Bowl, Dallas, TX
Feb. 12 - The Grove, Anaheim, CA