Last night (February 23rd) at Soundwave 2013 in Brisbane, Australia at the RNA Showgrounds, for the first time in their career, thrash legends SLAYER performed with only two original members on stage – frontman Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King. EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt continues to fill-in for the ailing Jeff Hanneman and a contract dispute with drummer Dave Lombardo saw the band replace him this week with former drummer Jon Dette (also ANTHRAX).
SLAYER frontman Tom Araya has shed more light on the current state of the band which sees EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt continuing to fill-in for the ailing Jeff Hanneman and a contract dispute with drummer Dave Lombardo which saw the band replace him this week with former drummer Jon Dette (also ANTHRAX).
Speaking to Christina Rowatt from Soundwave TV, Araya talked about the status of Hanneman: “He’s had a rough time coming back. I reach out to him all the time and tell him that everybody misses him. I miss him as a band member because he’s such a big focal point in the band. We’re waiting for him to say ‘I’m ready.’ He’s actually working on material for the album which we’ve encouraged him to do.”
Meanwhile, Jon Dette was originally behind the kit for Slayer for three years in the 1990s and is a last-minute replacement for Dave Lombardo.
“He actually played in the band for, like, three years,” says Araya. “It’s gonna be good. He’s matured and I’m sure he’s gotten much better on the drums. It’ll be exciting, and I think that’s just gonna pump everything up even more. I can tell you this: Jon’s gonna have a lot of energy. He’s known to play very fast, and he’s gotten better at that.”
When asked why Dette got the job Araya says: “It was just a name that we pulled out of our hat. It was a huge fucking hat, and it had one name in it. I’m kind of excited because I know it’s going to be good.”
Check out the full interview below:
According to Setlist.fm Slayer performed the following:
‘Die By The Sword’
‘Altar Of Sacrifice’
‘Seasons In The Abyss’
‘Dead Skin Mask’
‘Angel Of Death’
‘South Of Heaven’
Slayer as part of Soundwave 2013:
24 – Sydney, Australia – Olympic Park
25 – Sydney, Australia – Big Top Luna Park *
1 – Melbourne, Australia – Flemington Racecourse
2 – Adelaide, Australia – Bonython Park
4 – Perth, Australia – Claremont Showground
SLAYER has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the band’s decision to replace drummer Dave Lombardo for the upcoming Australian tour:
“SLAYER confirms that Jon Dette 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.”
Lombardo released a statement last night indicating that he was being replaced for SLAYER’s Australian dates after he requested access to detailed information and the necessary backup documents regarding how the band’s tour income was being distributed. According to the drummer, 90% of SLAYER’s tour revenue is “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.”
Shortly into the tour for SLAYER’s 1986 album “Reign In Blood”, Lombardo left the group, citing financial concerns. Tony Scaglione of WHIPLASH was recruited to replace Lombardo; however, this lineup was short-lived, as Lombardo returned in 1987. In 1992, Lombardo left the group again due to friction with the other band members, particularly King. Paul Bostaph of FORBIDDEN took over as the band’s drummer for 1994’s “Divine Intervention” and 1996’s “Undisputed Attitude”, the latter being an LP of cover tunes. Following the recording of “Undisputed Attitude”, Jon Dette replaced Bostaph, who left to concentrate on other projects. Dette was fired a year later and Bostaph returned to the fold. In 2001, Bostaph left SLAYER for good and was replaced by a returning Lombardo. Although this reunion was initally announced as temporary, Lombardo has remained with the band ever since.
SLAYER has spent the past two years touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Hanneman is being temporarily replaced on the road by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.
Prior to joining SLAYER, Dette appeared on TESTAMENT’s “Live At The Fillmore” album, which came out in 1995.
Dette is currently playing with ANTHRAX as a temporary replacement for the band’s longtime drummer Charlie Benante, who “is dealing with personal issues right now and can’t leave” the U.S., according to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian.
SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo has issued the following statement regarding the band’s Australian Tour 2013:
“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. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.
Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s 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 band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom (Araya) 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 year’s 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 (King) 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 wasn’t 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 three of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.”
Slayer as part of Soundwave 2013:
23 – Brisbane, Australia – RNA Showgrounds
24 – Sydney, Australia – Olympic Park
25 – Sydney, Australia – Big Top Luna Park *
1 – Melbourne, Australia – Flemington Racecourse
2 – Adelaide, Australia – Bonython Park
4 – Perth, Australia – Claremont Showground
On behalf of Samson, Eddie Trunk from That Metal Show and his Friday Night Rocks radio show in New York, spoke with SLAYER guitar legend Kerry King at winter NAMM 2013 and asked about the band’s long-awaited new studio album and the status of guitarist Jeff Hanneman who contracted necrotizing fasciitis in early 2011 (doctors say that it likely originated from a spider bite). Slayer’s last album was 2009’s World Painted Blood.
King on new material: “We have two songs that we completed last May and just need mixing. We have another that just needs vocals and leads and me and Dave (Lombardo) are working on a complete new one that we haven’t demoed. The whole hold-up now that seems to happen with every album we do is that Rick Rubin wants to change distributors. So we’re left in limbo until he lands somewhere. Realistically we are without a deal, but we plan on staying with Rick. When that gets settled we will start recording. I’m very comfortable saying that it will be out this year.”
Health status of Hanneman: “Not to sound weird, but when you get off tour, you scatter. And I don’t talk to him because I hate him, I don’t talk to him because I had enough of him! I don’t even talk to Tom (Araya). The only reason I talk to Dave is that we rehearse all the time. When I go off tour I just want to go chill and be Kerry, not Kerry King. From what I know he’s still trying to get basic in the game.”
So is Jeff part of the new Slayer album? “Not yet. I have enough material on my own if need be, but I’m open. If Jeff comes to the party with some new material, hell ya! I will play all the guitars. I’ve been playing all the guitars for years anyway, except for Jeff’s leads.”
MD has obtained rare audio of late great guitarist Dimebag Darrell (PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN) jamming at Z-rock radio station on Nov 1, 1990 in
Dallas, Texas. By request Dimebag cranks out some Slayer riffs and does not disappoint. You will also hear brother Dime take his stab at ZZ TOP
and MOTLEY CRUE.
Mayhem is a US metal festival sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink that has been around since 2008. It usually has a mix of current popular bands and some classic ones. One of the good things about Mayhem is that it always books large venues that are nearby for me, like Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. If there are bands playing that I love, I can hit multiple shows. This year’s version has metal heavyweights Slayer, Motorhead, and Anthrax, which are 3 of my all-time favorite bands. Therefore, in addition to this show in Scranton, I caught the Camden one the week before as well. Today marks my 12th Motorhead show, 9th Anthrax show, and 5th Slayer show and I intend to keep adding to those totals! Read the rest of this entry »
Here comes a review of the great Copenhell festival that took place during two slightly rainy days in the middle of June. Acts that performed included Slayer, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Immortal, Saxon, Gojira etc.. Lets take a closer look at what the festival had to bring…..
SLAYER!!! Ah the sound of excited metallers from all around the UK, and why the fuck not! This is “Slayer” only UK performance this year and as a bigger surprise they’ll be playing their entire Reign in Blood album! FUCKING EPIC!
But today is a beautiful day for it. Thank God for once the British weather has finally come through on this most prestigious day! Read the rest of this entry »
A fresh audio interview with Slayer’s main man, TOM ARAYA, can be listened to below thanks to ROCKTUBE.
Tom talks about the band’s upcoming 2-track EP release. Araya states, “We went in (to the studio) in April. They put together a bunch of songs… Kerry (King) put a bunch of songs together. I did vocals for two songs before I flew out here. We are in the process of finishing those up. Hopefully they’ll have them mixed and we should have something out by the end of summer.”
During a brand new interview with Greece’s Rock Overdose, SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo revealed that the band is putting the finishing touches on a two-song EP, to be released later this year, possibly in time for their appearance at this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival . “Kerry and Tom are recording it right now; they are doing the vocals,” he said.
Lombardo previously stated about SLAYER’s new material, “[It sounds like] SLAYER. . . Traditional fans will be pacified and non-traditional fans will be like, ‘Again?'”
Speaking to U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, Kerry described the new SLAYER songs as “really refreshing and energetic.” He added, “One thing I can tell you is that the songs are shaping up in the classic SLAYER style. You won’t be hearing us doing acoustic stuff. [laughs]”
Kerry also said that he was hoping that Greg Fidelman, who co-produced 2009’s “World Painted Blood” with Rick Rubin, would be at the helm for the new album. “That’s the idea, anyway,” Kerry told Metal Hammer. “But it all depends on his availability. . . I don’t think we’ll spend long in the studio this time, either. We’re gonna do it old-school style and get things done fast.”
SLAYER will perform its classic 1986 album “Reign In Blood” in its entirety at All Tomorrow’s Parties’ second U.K. “I’ll Be Your Mirror” event, which is scheduled to take place the weekend of May 25-27 at Alexandra Palace, London, England.
SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been forced to sit the band’s forthcoming tour dates due to complications from a spider bite.
Hanneman contracted necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite over a year ago.
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt will fill in for Hanneman on SLAYER’s summer tour, which begins at All Tomorrow’s Parties.
SLAYER’s latest album, “World Painted Blood”, sold 41,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Lombardo’s side project PHILM — which also features guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE) and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR) — released its debut album, “Harmonic”, on May 15 via Ipecac Recordings.
Slayer fans everywhere – it’s time to let you know what is going on with our brother Jeff Hanneman.
As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn’t know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape. It’s been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he’s had several painful skin grafts, he’s been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he’s been playing guitar. We were all excited when he joined us onstage for the encore a year ago at The Big Four show at Coachella. Since then, we’ve given him all the time and support he’s needed to continue his rehab so he can come back to the band fully recovered and able to deliver the kind of shows we all want him to. While Jeff’s been doing some writing and has been coming to rehearsal over the past several weeks, he has decided he needs to take more time to continue his rehab. While we want him back onstage with the band, all of us support his decision. So, we’re very grateful that Gary Holt will continue to fill in for Jeff, and will tour with us until Jeff completes his rehab and is ready to return. How long will that be? The best and most honest answer we can give you is ‘as long as it takes.’ We also wanted you to know that we’ve been doing some writing and recording for the next Slayer album – we’ve tracked a few songs, and will finish the album when we’re off the road later this year. Gary will join us on tour in Europe and the UK in May and June, and then we’ll all see you on this Summer’s Mayhem Festival.
LOS ANGELES TRIO FEATURES DAVE LOMBARDO (SLAYER), PANCHO TOMASELLI
(WAR) AND GERRY NESTLER (CIVIL DEFIANCE)
Photo credit: Cammy Kinney
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2012 – PHILM, the Los Angeles power trio featuring Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, War’s Pancho Tomaselli and Gerry Nestler of Civil Defiance, have signed to Ipecac Recordings and will release their debut album, Harmonic, on May 15.
“When people hear about my involvement in PHILM, they automatically assume that it will compare to Slayer’s sound,” explains Lombardo. “They couldn’t be more different. I have scaled down my drum set to a four-piece, reminiscent of the drummers from the late ’60s that influenced me. Each song is unique in itself, I like to refer to it as ‘rhythmic emotion.” It’s almost like taking all the heavy songs of the ’60s and bringing that era to a modern plateau, then blending them with the modern trance and psychedelic sounds of today.”
“We decided to record Harmonic in the intimate setting of a home, with various vintage recording equipment. ” says Lombardo on the band’s debut album. “The music was written collectively in an improvisational manner, unlike the majority of recordings I’ve done before. This was very important given this is my first recording where I’m carrying the title of Producer and performer. The album achieves a dense, unholy convergence of tones and discords. We also touch on haunting, desolate, ambient sounds. Our music tends to be written in a manner where we never know the outcome until we listen back to what we recorded. A Harmonic journey.”
A highly anticipated release, PHILM officially took form in late 2010 with a handful of tour dates and an early four-song demo that quickly began to make the rounds of in-the-know music critics. Noisecreep said the band “has crafted a crunchy, thrashy, yet thoroughly unclassifiable sound” and the OC Weekly said of the trio: “PHILM’s ability to melt down metal influences and mix them with the elements of funk, ambient jazz and punk… is potent and has left audiences wondering how so much noise could emanating from just three musicians.”
Harmonic track listing:
5. Way Down
8. Sex Amp
10. Held in Light
PHILM’s next show is Apr.28 at The Ruby Room in San Diego with more tour dates to be announced soon.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE UP
MAIN STAGE Artists include:
A Very Special Guest to Be Announced on March 5, 2012
And a Rotation of:
AS I LAY DYING
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
ANTHRAX WILL HEADLINE THE UPGRADED JAGERMEISTER STAGE
WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING HEAVY MUSIC FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR FIFTH YEAR
GET OFF YOUR ASS PRE-SALE BEGINS FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH
HARD ROCK & METAL FESTIVAL KICKS OFF ON JUNE 30, 2012
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the world’s largest touring heavy music festival is back for its fifth year, assaulting the senses of United States heavy metal music fans. The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is proud to announce this summer’s artists. The main stage will be our strongest ever with the headlining slot occupied by multi-platinum Iowa legends SLIPKNOT. Next up will be legendary thrash metal kings SLAYER and then a major special guest will be playing in the third slot whom will be announced on March 5th. The main stage will also spotlight a ferocious mix of today’s best artists in a rotation, including THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING and ASKING ALEXANDRIA. In 2012 the tour has upgraded the production on the festival stage and this yearthe JAGERMEISTERSTAGE will feature a special headline set by metal masters ANTHRAX supported by a rotationof THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING and ASKING ALEXANDRIA, along with WHITECHAPEL, HIGH ON FIRE and the JAGERMEISTER opener. Please note that bands may vary per market.
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will make a 26 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. GET OFF YOUR ASS Pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday the 6th of April, 2012. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot says “You knew we’d be back. Now, you know we’re coming. This will be a tour people will scarcely want to miss. It will definitely be a show to remember. Can’t wait to see the states again from behind a mask.”
Slipknot’s, Clown states “Slipknot is headlining this summer’s Mayhem festival and it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever felt, sensed, or seen. You miss this, you miss everything. Everyone seems to think that there’s a chance we’re gonna go away. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Stay sic and don’t ever judge us.”
“Mayhem 2012 might just be the last and greatest metal festival before the world ends!! So wreak havoc and go out in style!!” adds Tom Araya of Slayer.
Slayer’s Kerry King comments “ We can’t wait to get rolling on Mayhem 2012! Been 3 years since we played it last, and it’s gonna be brutal!!! You can’t go wrong with Slayer and Slipknot, pure fucking mayhem!!!!
The 5th annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, on select dates.
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“Metal is ALIVE and WELL in 2012,” states tour producer John Reese. “The fifth year of Rockstar Mayhem Festival will have a massive lineup that will set heavy music fans ears blazing!”
“Some years it all comes together, from top to bottom and this years ROCKSTAR MAYHEM lineup is going to bring it!” adds tour producer Kevin Lyman.
In 2008, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL bulldozed onto the scene and quickly made itself known as the preeminent summer destination for the hard rock and metal community. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts the most powerful artist line-ups in heavy music. Artists who have performed on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL have included hard music legends SLAYER, SLIPKNOT,KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH,LAMB OF GOD, MARILYN MANSON, MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TESTAMENT, HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MASTODON, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KINGDOM OF SORROW, DETHKLOK and many more. All have pummeled the stage, while delivering the intensity and heaviness that fans have grown to expect year after year.
See below for all current tour dates.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2012 TOUR DATES:
30 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
1 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
3 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheater
4 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater
6 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
7 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
8 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
10 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
11 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
13 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
14 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
15 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
20 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
21 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
22 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
24 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
25 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
27 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
28 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
29 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
31 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
1 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake PAC
3 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
4 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
5 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre
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Dave Lombardo, legendary drummer of SLAYER, has responded with an early reaction to dozens of early photos of his band in the upcoming photo book Murder in the Front Row: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew.
Lombardo says: “Murder in the Front Row captures the true essence of thrash metal in its embryonic stage. These photographs take me on a tour down memory lane, bringing back many laughs, and causing comments like, ‘I don’t remember that!'”
Coming in December from Bazillion Points Books, Murder in the Front Row is a spectacular large-format 272-page view inside “the metal scene that banged those heads that did not bang.” Murder in the Front Row includes over 400 early color and black-and-white photos of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus, Possessed, Death Angel, Legacy/Testament, Vio-lence, D.R.I., Blind Illusion, Forbidden, and many others. The book will be available December 2011, wherever books and sold, and is available for preorder now with a limited two-sided exclusive poster-size dustjacket at this location: