Former SLAYER and current TESTAMENT drummer Dave Lombardo recently spoke about his former band during a meet-and-greet session prior to TESTAMENT’s April 16 concert at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
When he was asked what his favorite memories are of his time with SLAYER were, Lombardo said: “I think the early tours where we were just insane, we were just crazy, those were fun times. As we got older, everybody just started going their separate ways. But I think the early days were fun times — you know, the pictures that you see of all of us together and the EXODUS guys as well. That period.”
Lombardo was axed from SLAYER after missing the band’s Australian tour in early 2013 due to a contract dispute with his bandmates. He would be replaced, once again, by Paul Bostaph, who had previously played drums for the thrash metal giants from 1992 until 2001 (minus a period in 1997 when Jon Dette sat behind the drum kit).
After the split, Lombardo said that he discovered that about 90 percent of SLAYER’s tour income was being deducted as expenses which left the group with about 10 percent to split four ways. Auditors were hired to evaluate the numbers however Dave was never allowed to see any of the findings.
Prior to joining TESTAMENT, Lombardo has spent recent years playing with bands like SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MISFITS, DEAD CROSS and MR. BUNGLE.
Lombardo rejoined TESTAMENT earlier this year as the replacement for drummer Gene Hoglan. Dave previously played with the band on their 1999 studio release, “The Conjuring”.
You can check out video from the meet-and-greet below.