Dave Lombardo Kicked Off of Tour with Slayer Over Contract Dispute
Longtime Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was notified by his band on February 14 that he will not be accompanying them on their upcoming Australian tour. Apparently the thrash metal titans have been in a bit of a contract dispute over what Lombardo has cited as unfair handling of the band’s revenue. Despite the situation, Lombardo was shocked to hear he wouldn’t be touring with the band.
As part of a longer letter to fans, Lombardo wrote on his Facebook page:
“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 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.”
The post has gone on to get over 128,000 likes as of this posting and many Slayer fans were caught off guard by the news. Jon Dette, who has played with Slayer before, will replace Lombardo on the tour.