Remember that post I made an hour or two ago about Dave Lombardo leaving Slayer? Well the band has responded with a statement of their own, confirming that Jon Dette will be drumming for the Australian tour and vaguely disagreeing with Lombardo’s account.
Here’s their statement:
“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 [to] 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.”
If anything, this statement seems to confirm an underlying dispute which will likely never become particularly transparent to the public. However, for the sake of metal fans everywhere, I have hope that they’ll be able to pull through this.