During an interview with Planet Mosh, drummer Dave Lombardo of Slayer spoke about his recent split with thrash metal juggernaut Slayer and the recent death of former guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman.
“This could have been an easy fix.” Lombardo said. “I wasn’t asking for anything other than to be treated equally. I’m sure I’ve made mistakes along the way, but my intention was never to leave. Who would do that in the golden years of a band? Where we stand now disgusts me. Jeff didn’t want this – and neither did I.”
In regards to vocalist Tom Araya’s comment claiming Lombardo was simply a “working memebre of the band and not a partner” Lombardo said, “It’s sickening. I left the band in ’92 to be at home for the birth of my son, period. One show changed the course of the band. Tom has forgotten history…swallowed the stories that have been created throughout the years to sell tickets. If it weren’t for me, Slayer would not exist. I approached Kerry [King] to start this band. Somehow they have forgotten that.”
When asked about the status of his relationship with Tom Araya and Kerry King, Lombardo simply said, “Sadly, non-existent.”
Planet Mosh also asked about his reaction to the apparent aloofness of the remaining band members, Lombardo said, “I was shocked that Tom didn’t show up to the memorial. It was uncomfortable for me to be there, given what was going on with the band, but I still showed up. I was equally shocked at Kerry’s self-centered stories. None of his stories described the kind of human being Jeff was.”