Earlier this year Slayer dispensed with the services of drummer Dave Lombardo - a shock move that appeared cold to many. Details were reported here.
Lombardo had talked about what he believed to be shady business practices which financially disadvantaged the band members.
Now, for the first time, Tom Araya has talked directly about the event which came at the beginning of a tumultuous year for the band.
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Speaking in an interview in Stepping Out, the weekly entertainment magazine for New York and New Jersey he said:
"That whole issue came down to this: Dave had been jamming with us for a while, as a working member of the band, but he wasn't a partner. Like all things like that, you have to have agreements, so nobody feels cheated. We had ongoing issues and finally he put us in a position where we had to find someone to replace him.
"He wasn't happy, so he decided to have his Facebook rant and told the world about a lot of issues going on within the band that are legally binding and private. I thought that was wrong and it was upsetting. A lot of the claims he made were untrue. Kerry [King], [the late] Jeff [Hanneman] and I got on the phone and made a collective decision and we let Dave go and gave Paul [Bostaph] a call. Paul said he'd be happy to come back."
No further mention was made of the issues . In the rest of the interview Araya talks about Jeff Hanneman's death and the difficulty in regrouping to play the first live shows in the aftermath.
The interview can be read on-line at http://www.so-mag.com/
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