Slayer's Dave Lombardo won't be joining the group for their upcoming Australian tour. The drummer says in a Facebook post that he was notified last week that the band would be heading Down Under without him, and adds that he's saddened and shocked by the situation.
The dispute is apparently over money. Lombardo explains that after putting in a full year's sweat and blood with the group last year he'd only been paid a small advance, and wouldn't receive more until he signed a long form contract that gave him no written assurance of how much or on what basis payments would be determined.
Lombardo says that after reviewing Slayer's business practices, he realized that band members were splitting just ten-percent of the money they made, while the rest went to their management for "professional fees" and other expenses. He adds that after he brought this up to his bandmates and tried to propose adopting a new business plan, he received an e-mail saying he was being replaced for the Australian dates.
Slayer confirms that Lombardo won't be taking part in the band's Australian tour. The group has also issued a response to his allegations, saying the band "does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's substance or the timeline of the events."
Slayer claims that Dave approached them less than a week before they were to leave the country with "an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon," and they were unable to reach a new agreement in time to include him in the Australian tour.
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