December 22, 2001
Original SLAYER drummer, Dave Lombardo, is confirmed to "guest star" with the band for the next leg of their "God Hates Us All" U.S. tour, beginning January 24 in New Haven, Connecticut. Due to a chronic elbow injury, Paul Bostaph, SLAYER drummer for the past several years, is leaving the band. Bostaph feels he is unable to continue performing to his fullest potential and greatest intensity. Bostaph says, "It’s been an unbelievable ride with SLAYER. Playing with these guys has been an incredible high point in my career, and I am really grateful for the experience." SLAYER bandmates Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Tom Araya are all indebted for Paul’s contributions. Guitarist Kerry King said "Paul has been an incredible part of our band and we will definitely miss his talent. We wish him all the best." Dave Lombardo is SLAYER’s original drummer who recorded with the band on some of their most acclaimed releases, including "Reign In Blood" and "Seasons In The Abyss". Most recently Lombardo has been recording and touring with Mike Patton’s band FANTOMAS and working on a solo recording. Lombardo says, "It’s great to be back with SLAYER for the tour – I’m psyched to get out there and kick-ass with them again." His reappearance is greatly welcomed and highly-anticipated. Singer Tom Araya notes, "A lot of fans have been looking forward to Dave coming back; it feels great to have him playing with us for a while."