As you all know, Dave Lombardo had quite a few choice words to say about his surprise replacement for the Slayer Australian tour. Finally, the guys who are definitely in Slayer have released a statement in response, and it seems they remember the events surrounding Dave Lombardo’s departure differently:
Slayer confirms that Jon Dette (Testament) will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. 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. 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.
So there you have it — both sides to the biggest metal story of the year. Slayer fans have been very quick to side with Lombardo in this debacle, but maybe Slayer’s version of the events will change their minds.
Not bloody likely.