“That Metal Show”, VH1 Classic‘s centerpiece in original programming, returns with an all-new episode this Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, repeating at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. This week, former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo stops by the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. Lombardo discusses his musical influences, how he never warms up before he performs, and that he feels better than ever now that he is 50. The hosts ask Dave about his much-publicized departure from SLAYER and if he would ever reunite with the band, to which Dave replies (see video below): “Let’s just say, if you ever see me on stage again with SLAYER, you’ll know everything’s resolved. That’s it.”
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 He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band.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 a December 2014 interview for 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.”
PHILM released its sophomore album, “Fire From The Evening Sun”, on September 16, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band’s lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco “Pancho” Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).