In the past few months there has been a huge amount of dramatic going’s on in the Slayer camp, with the sudden sacking of long time sticks-man Dave Lombardo and the devastating news of the tragic passing of Jeff Hanneman. In the last few days the official Slayer website released information that former drummer Paul Bostaph has been given the job to fill the very large shoes of Lombardo. The band posted a picture of the Yamaha drum kit that Bostaph has been using to get ready for the upcoming tour can be seen below.
Overdrive had hoped that with the recent passing of Hanneman, Kerry and Lombardo could have patched things up and continued to tour, write and record together but it seems that if ever there was a chance of that happening it would have been now. I guess we will have to just get used to Slayer without Jeff and Dave, which is just a bizarre concept but all the less a very harsh reality.
With the bands approaching two night stand in Dublin’s Academy just around the corner there is a genuine excitement for Overdrive in seeing the fine collection of musicians consisting of Exodus chief Gary Holt and Mr. Bostaph formally of Forbidden, Exodus and Testament sharing the stage with the only two remaining original members of the group in such a small venue.
The future of the band remains unclear at this stage and whether they are seeing out their commitments on this tour with no intention to record another album under the Slayer moniker remains to be seen. Although we love Slayer and can’t really imaging our musical world without them, this writer is wondering if they should really continue as a band or and just leave a legacy of neck breaking classics in their wake and concentrate on something new.
SLAYER’s 2013 itinerary will have the band playing 35 dates that will include headline shows as well as a number of major summer festivals in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America between June and October.
“Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” said Tom Araya. “We’re still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don’t want to disappoint our European and South American fans, and we need to begin moving forward… Having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier.”
“I’m very excited to be rejoining SLAYER,” added Bostaph. “We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home.”
Bostaph was SLAYER’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.
In a 2003 interview with the San Francisco-based Internet music magazine Perfect Pitch Online, Bostaph broke his silence regarding the real reason he left SLAYER in December 2001. An official press release issued by the SLAYER camp had listed a chronic elbow injury as the reason for Bostaph’s departure while a number of people had speculated that he left the band in order to join SYSTEMATIC. According to Paul, however, his reasons for leaving were purely musical.
“I didn’t leave SLAYER because of an arm problem, and I certainly didn’t leave SLAYER to join SYSTEMATIC,” Paul told Perfect Pitch Online. “I was ready to go. It was nothing personal towards anybody in the band, it was just my time to leave. Musically, I wanted to do something else. And in terms of the problem I had with my arm, I re-aggravated an old softball injury by lifting up a laptop at the airport. That happened right at the beginning of the tour, and it never had time to heal. But even at that point, I was considering moving on from the band.”
He continued: “SLAYER’s a great band, and I had a lot of fun playing with them, but I have to feel like I’m taking chances musically.
“The first time I left SLAYER, I did [a project called] THE TRUTH ABOUT SEAFOOD — sure, it never got signed, but I enjoyed it a lot. SLAYER took my drumming to a new level, but there are also other levels of drumming that I haven’t even touched yet. I want to become a more eclectic drummer.”
Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band’s recent Australian tour due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).