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    Scandalous Shit... Slayer Fires Dave Lombardo

    Pretty interesting story actually. Lombardo (the greatest metal drummer in history IMO) claims 90% of their tour earnings were being written off as expenses, including management fees, and that the band only divided up 10% amongst the four of them, costing them millions. When he questioned it and wanted to figure out why they basically said "Fuck you, GTFO!!"...

    Here is his statement...

    I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.

    So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. Iím saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

    Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayerís tour income was 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. In my opinion, this is not the way a bandís business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

    I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full yearís sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

    Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasnít interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

    I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
    I look forward to seeing you in the future.

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    They probably never forgave him for leaving in the mid 90s.

    Good drummer but I'd put Mike Portnoy in my super-group first.
    "You run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole; you run into assholes all day, you're the asshole."

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    My guess is they will hire John Clayton now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatman548 View Post
    My guess is they will hire John Clayton now.

    Mom, I'm done with band practice!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLL View Post
    They probably never forgave him for leaving in the mid 90s.

    Good drummer but I'd put Mike Portnoy in my super-group first.
    DRUM OFF!!!!


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    Nice scoop Vegas..I prob wouldn't have heard about this for a bit. Lombardo is Lombardo...just like a Ferrari is self explanitory in itself. Mutant chops. Don't know what to make of it other than it sounds like some slimy mgmt. I was not totally shocked that this flew by for some time unbeknownst to members like Tom (rancher) and especially Dave. I read an interview with Kerry, and he said Dave is just a freak. Doesn't practice/sound check, doesn't hang out and do backstage band shit. He said, he sleeps in the bus all day, wakes up 20 minutes before set, throws down a full pot of coffee and showtime.

    Slayer is a thrash band.

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