Ex-SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo doesn’t rule out returning to his former band, explaining that his “door is open” to another collaboration with the legendary thrash metal act he helped launch more than three decades ago.
Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band’s Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band.
During the recent interview for VH1 Classic “That Metal Show” co-host Eddie Trunk‘s podcast, “Eddie Trunk Podcast”, Lombardo was asked if he would ever consider playing with SLAYER again. He responded: “Would I go back? For the fans, and to retire that band correctly, I’m not gonna close any doors. Like I said before, when all this went down, my door’s open, and that’s basically all I have to say. So [it’s] all good.”
Regarding whether he has had any contact with the other members of SLAYER since the tragic passing of the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in May 2013, Lombardo said: “Yeah, that was really hard, and no, there hasn’t been any communication between the guys and myself.”
Lombardo was also asked if he has seen SLAYER perform with Bostaph and whether he has any interest in attending a concert by his former band with Paul behind the kit. “No,” he said. “There’s enough YouTube videos to see that, or to hear that. I have no interest.”
“I feel positive,” Lombardo said. “I’m generally a positive person. I just feel that we were… let’s say the music industry, or the musicians, of course, with the big record labels and everything at that time early on, where they were giving huge advances on the record and the bands would never be able to pay those back…”
You can listen entire interview here.