Dave Lombardo on Jeff Hanneman’s Grammys Snub, How Money Affects Friendships + More
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Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is always outspoken, and in a new interview, the legendary percussionist had a lot to say. During the chat, Lombardo spoke about the second Philm album, Jeff Hanneman being snubbed during the Grammys’ ‘In Memoriam’ segment, how money can come between bandmates + more.
While speaking with Metal Wani, Lombardo opened up about a number of topics, starting with Philm. “The second album was being written as we were mixing the first album,” says Lombardo. “So at this point, we already have the second album written, recorded and we’re just waiting for a record company. I’m getting really anxious to put this album out, because it’s uniquely different than the other one. It’s not as experimental as the first one. This particular album, the new one, the songs are a little more concise and straightforward.”
Lombardo also uttered some essential wisdom about late Slayer guitarist being ignored by the Grammys this year, even though Hanneman is a two-time Grammy Award winner. “That was disappointing,” begins Lombardo. “But they’re notorious for that. That organization is predominantly rap- and country-driven. And they don’t wanna hear rock; they don’t care about rock and metal. Metal, I think, is music for misfits, and it’s played by misfits. And what do they wanna do with this kind of music? We wanna get recognized? They’re not gonna do it. Let it be. Let it be. We don’t need a doorstop. Metal doesn’t need a doorstop or an organization to recognize who we are. We have our fans. Let the voice of the fans show how big metal is.”
Finally, the pummeling drummer uttered one simple piece of info to possibly address his 2013 firing from Slayer. “There is absolutely no friends when it comes to money. That’s the number one lesson I’ve learned.”
Check out the full interview with Lombardo in the clip above.