Beefs 2013: Slayer Respond to Dave Lombardo's Departure

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Feb 22, 2013

Following Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's report that he had been asked to leave the band over a financial dispute, the rest of the thrash group have weighed in with their side of the story.

Today (February 22) the band issued a joint statement that refutes Lombardo's claims that their tour revenue was being divided unfairly — he suggested in a Facebook post that 90 percent went to management, while Slayer were left with the scraps. The band confirmed that they had met with the drummer last week to talk finances, but ultimately disagree with his findings.

"As regards Dave Lombardo's Facebook post, Slayer 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," they wrote, adding, "The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia."

Slayer also confirmed that Lombardo is being replaced on their trip to Australia, which starts tomorrow in Brisbane. The fill-in, as previously reported, is drummer Jon Dette, who had played with Slayer for a stretch in the '90s. You can see the group's tour schedule here.

The metal act added that "there is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, Slayer will not be commenting further."

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