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Dave Lombardo, who has had three stints behind the kit as the drummer of Slayer, has been dismissed from the band…at least for the upcoming Australian tour.

The skinsman, who was with the thrash legends from 1981 through 1986, returning in 1987 and staying until 1992 and then returning again in 2002, posted a note on his Facebook last night to share the news that he was being replaced for the Australian tour.

Lombardo is saddened and shocked by the situation and judging from his open letter to fans, it wasn’t up to him and he found it in a shady way. Some internal financial issues seem to be at the root of Lombardo’s dismissal for this tour and possibly beyond.

Metal Sucks reports that the drummer has been replaced by Joe Dette for the Aussie tour. Dette played with both Slayer and Testament in the ’90s, but did not record with either band.

Statement From Dave Lombardo Regarding Slayer 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 bandmates 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.

Read more statement from Dave Lombardo here: http://aol.it/XBHOuM

Sincerely,
Dave Lombardo”


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