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Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Dismissed From Australian Tour After Financial Dispute

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Legendary Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has just detonated a pipe bomb regarding the thrash band’s business dealings and internal turmoil. One week ago, on Valentine’s Day, Lombardo was notified by the band’s lawyers that his services behind the kit would not be needed for Slayer’s upcoming Australian tour dates. The entire story feels beyond odd and incredibly cold, and Lombardo has detailed the sudden decision in an official statement. According to a Facebook post from Dave Lombardo’s personal account today (Feb. 21), the drummer alleges that there have been shady practices from the individuals who handle the business of Slayer. Lombardo explains that his efforts to secure more money for the band members themselves led to a butting of heads with guitarist Kerry King, and reveals he was ultimately dismissed from the Australian dates, which primarily consist of their run on the Soundwave Festival. Lombardo posted the following on his Facebook page: I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums. So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation. Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents. I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year’s sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order. Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry  [King] and Tom  [Araya] to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates. I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members. I look forward to seeing you in the future. Sincerely, Dave Lombardo As for Lombardo’s replacement, according to a Tweet from Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Maddah, Jon Dette will be manning the drums for Slayer while the band is playing Australia. Dette previously handled drum duties for Slayer in 1996 and 1997. It was also recently revealed that Dette would be filling in for Anthrax ‘s Charlie Benante for the same Australian Soundwave shows, after Benante was forced to take a break due to “ personal issues .” As far as the future of Slayer is concerned, the band is working on a new album, but with guitarist Jeff Hanneman still recovering from a spider bite and Lombardo being kicked off the Australia tour, things seem up in the air right now. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as news on the Slayer situation continues to break. Update: Slayer have issued a statement on the matter. It reads as follows: Slayer confirms that Jon Dette (Testament) will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane.  As regards Dave Lombardo’s Facebook post, Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo’s substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon.  The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia.  There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, Slayer will not be commenting further.  Slayer is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows. 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Sal Costa Explains Exit From My Darkest Days

Island Def Jam My Darkest Days announced over the weekend that their guitarist Sal Costa (pictured at far right above) had left the band , but the musician’s exit actually dates back several months. With the news now out, the guitarist talked about the specifics of the split and why it took so long to reveal with Noisecreep . Costa explained that he actually left the band in October, but the decision to announce his departure was put on hold until everyone felt they were ready to proceed. He added, “Leaving a band isn’t easy. There are relationships from both the band, fans and people who work for you that you have to give an explanation to. I really wanted to sort out everything before any public announcements were made.” The mohawked musician says that even though he had prepared to leave for some time, he stayed on to play shows because he felt he owed it to the fans who paid their money to see the lineup as it was. He also stated that the group was still trying to sort out how they wanted to continue and he felt it would be unprofessional to leave them in a bad situation. As for why left, he explained, “When I think of a band, I think of a group of artists sitting in front of the same canvas painting different parts of the same scenery. I had felt for a long while that I was painting a different scene on a different canvas altogether. We were just not on the same page on many fronts. However, that is okay. Everyone is entitled to their own journey. That is the beauty of life. How can I tell my fans to follow their heart and dreams and then not do the same for myself? That would be hypocritical for me to stay.” Though the band has yet to name a replacement, they have stated in recent days that work has begun on their third studio album. Costa, meanwhile, is currently on his honeymoon after marrying his longtime girlfriend, and has yet to reveal his next musical project. [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch My Darkest Days’ ‘Save Yourself’ Lyric Video” align=”center”]

Hatebreed vs. Upon A Burning Body – Death Match

Razor & Tie / Sumerian Hatebreed have defeated yet another band, bringing the Connecticut hardcore heavyweights only one win away from their track ‘The Divinity of Purpose’ attaining immortality in our Death Match Hall of Fame. To give Hatebreed one last run for their money, we’ve put them against one of extreme metal’s most up-and-coming acts. Upon a Burning Body have been making deathcore, death metal, extreme metal, or whatever you choose to call it, since 2005. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, the band released its second studio album, ‘Red. White. Green.,’ earlier this year, with ‘Sin City’ having just been chosen as the latest track to get a music video. Can Hatebreed complete their journey to the Death Match Hall of Fame? Or will Upon a Burning Body reduce their competition to ash? Vote for your favorite track below! (This Death Match ends on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 10AM ET. Fans can vote once per hour! So come back and vote often to make sure your favorite song wins!) Hatebreed, ‘The Divinity of Purpose’ Upon A Burning Body, ‘Sin City’ ? Sorry, you need to have javascript running to see this poll. ? Email Me When Death Match Winners Are Announced Enter your email address below to receive the Loudwire newsletter, which will include notification of the weekly winner of the Death Match, as well as our top stories of each day. Email Rules of Death Match Two bands fight to the death each week. Fans can vote once per hour. The triumphant band goes on to compete in the next Death Match. If a band wins four straight Death Matches, its song will be honored as immortal in the Loudwire Death Match Hall of Fame.

Metallica Support Virginia Tech ‘Enter Sandman’ Shirts for Morgan Harrington Scholarship Fund

Virginia Tech Metallica are one of the most stringent bands when it comes to usage of their trademark, which makes the new Virginia Tech ‘Enter Sandman’ shirts something truly special. The group gave the school permission to print the shirts with the idea that the money raised would go to the Morgan Harrington Scholarship Fund. Harrington was a Virginia Tech student who went missing after attending a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena in October 2009. After several months of searching, her body was found on an Albemarle County farm in January 2010. Her killer still remains at large. The group initially put up a significant reward when Harrington went missing and even though her body was discovered, the band have continued their involvement in the search for her killer. Earlier this year, singer James Hetfield filmed a new PSA describing the murder and showing a sketch of the suspect in question while seeking any new information. NBC’s WVIR-TV reports that so far, sales of the shirt have raised $17,000 and Virginia Tech officials say they hope to make the shirt available to the public at the beginning of every football season. The shirts are currently available for order in both long-sleeve and short-sleeve via the Virginia Tech bookstore. To learn more about the Morgan Harrington Scholarship Fund, click here . [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Best Metallica Songs” align=”center”]

Wendy Dio and More Talk Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Guitar Auction

Chad Childers, Loudwire The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund continues to find impressive ways to raise funds for cancer education and research, and is among the charities that will benefit from the ‘ Icons & Idols — Rock ‘n’ Roll Auction ‘ scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. The extensive auction features guitars from Metallica , Foo Fighters , Pearl Jam and many more. In anticipation of the auction, Ronnie James Dio’s widow and manager, Wendy Dio, and Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund chairperson Gloria Butler ( Geezer Butler ‘s wife), spoke to us about the impressive contributions from the rock community to the guitar auction, as well as Stand Up and Shout’s continued efforts. Also, guitarist Bob Kulick, who performed with Dio and who also contributed one of the guitars in the auction, shared his thoughts on Ronnie James Dio and the guitar he most wanted to see in the auction. Below are two separate interviews. The first is with Wendy Dio and Gloria Butler, followed by a Q&A with Bruce Kulick. Wendy and Gloria, thanks for the time. Can you tell us what was the impetus for putting this great guitar collection together? Gloria Butler: I think we were kind of brainstorming ways to raise money for the fund and we knew that Ronnie had so many not acquaintances, but really true dear friends in the business, that we knew everybody would step up, which they did. Wendy Dio: They did, it was amazing. We’ve got right across the board from Bon Jovi to Robert Pattinson to…. GB: No Doubt ! WD: We’ve got Gwen Stefani, we’ve got Metallica, we’ve got Iron Maiden . GB: Probably a quarter of these called us and said, ‘Do you want our guitar?’ It just kind of snowballed. WD: It’s been fabulous. The  Cult [donated one], all these people. The Foo Fighters… GB: They just turned up, and the cool thing is we were actually going to do this like three months after we started and we had like 20 guitars or something and they kept coming. It was like ‘Stop.’ It was like if we don’t do it now, we’re never going to do it. It’s amazing. You mentioned a lot of the people that have contributed their guitars for this and just looking at some of them — the craft and skill that went into them is amazing. For each of you, if you want to talk about a favorite guitar that’s in the collection and why it stands out? WD: Well the Swarovski’s crystal one is fabulous. It was done with love and it took 40 hours for them to make it, which I thought was amazing. That’s the one with the hand [Dio’s devil horns] [laughs]. The carved one that they did of Ronnie’s face, that’s fabulous too. Every one of them was sent with love, and we appreciate it so much, cause it allows us to raise money. We’ve raised a lot of money so far and the metal community has been amazing. We raised over $600,000 and what’s really good about that is that we gave $117,000 of it to MD Anderson for stomach cancer. They had no grants at all for stomach cancer cause it was not the favorite cancer to have, and so with that $117,000, they were able to get 800,000 grants, which then turned into an $100 million grant, so we’re very, very happy about that. One of the ones out there that was really interesting — and I believe there are three of them on display — is the elephant painted guitars. What’s the story behind that? GB: That was very special. We went to Thailand and went to an elephant sanctuary and they had elephants that painted. They weren’t made to paint, there was no … um, we’re very animal friendly here, very animal correct, and everything was just natural. You’d hand the elephant the paintbrush and they would all of a sudden start painting, and someone would put up a picture of a flower and the elephant painted the flower. It was just unbelievable. Almost as unbelievable as the baby one almost knocking me and Wendy over. [laugh] WD: Cause they were like 200 pounds charging us and chasing me with a hose. They took the hose that I was washing them [with] and ran off with it. But we actually got three guitars from there, which are great and 50 percent of the proceeds goes to our cancer fund and 50 percent goes to preservation of the elephants. GB: So that’s obviously only those three guitars, but everything else goes straight to [Stand Up and Shout]. I’m just wowed by the amount that you’ve collected. Have you already started seeing a response? WD: A lot of the guitars are ready. People are bidding online already, and they’ve already exceeded what they said the maximum bid would be. GB: It’s exciting, it’s really, really exciting. And obviously, Stand Up and Shout has been great about raising funds for cancer research over the last few years. WD: And education. That’s the important thing. GB: It’s important to know too with this particular charity, not one penny goes on overhead. Not one penny goes anyplace except to the allocated like a TJ Martell or MD Anderson research centers. WD: We have 14 board members that are fantastic. They work their butts off. We have lawyers that give their time for free. We have accountants that do all our books for free. We have staging people. We have trucking people. We have all kinds of people and they’re all incredibly dedicated, incredibly dedicated. We don’t even charge backup postage. [Laugh] GB: So that’s what makes this so special is that it really is one of the few charities that I know of these days that really do put the money where it’s supposed to go. WD: That’s why put the charity and we give it to other people and we know where the money goes, we ask where the money goes. The money that went to TJ Martell went to Vanderbilt, and we actually went there and met with the researchers. So that’s really good and you can know where the money is going and making sure that if you give $10, it’s going to go where it’s supposed to go, and it’s not going in some fat cat’s pocket. Definitely wanted to ask as well about the label. ‘Very Beast of Dio, Vol. 2′ was released this past year … what’s on the horizon at this point? WD: Next year, I wanna do the full singles box and also on vinyl, and then there’s a bunch of stuff that’s been laying around that we might just put out. But talking about that, we have another thing for the cancer fund. We have our tribute record that will be coming out next year. Metallica has already finished theirs, Anthrax has finished theirs, Glenn Hughes has finished theirs, Rob Halford is getting ready to give it to us, and Alice Cooper , Iron Maiden — Bruce Dickinson , Deep Purple , Scorpions … GB: And this will be another, like the guitar auction, where a few will come in and all of a sudden there’s more and more and it’s like, ‘OK. It’s coming out and we’ve got to stop now.’ WD: Well we thought let’s have all the classic rock bands for the CD, but we were hoping to have a double CD and have some of the younger bands that Ronnie was their idol. But we have things planned all the way through to, well, we want to raise $10 million. When we raise it, we want another $10 million. We need to find a cure for this horrible disease, we really really do. In a separate interview, guitarist and longtime Ronnie James Dio friend, Bob Kulick, also spoke about his involvement with the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund’s guitar auction. The Q&A with Kulick follows: How did you get involved with getting one of these guitars up? Bob Kulick: Well, Ronnie was a dear friend of mine, and I’m still grieving his loss. He was a man short in height but gigantic in stature and this charity, you know, I had my own cancer scare this year, and fortunately I didn’t have it and was okay, but other people that have this, they deserve all the help that they can get. So my brother and I decided that we would donate this guitar through SP, which is our endorser. I love their guitars and it’s a really great guitar, and I hope it raises money to help people, as that’s the aim of this charity. You mentioned you had your own scare earlier this year, and Wendy Dio has stressed the importance of early detection… BK: Yeah, you know sadly, I guess Ronnie waited too long. He recorded that last song, that song ‘Electra’ that he did. I remember now that he’d just leave his food in the refrigerator and he was barely eating and all that, and then after seeing what happened, even with the best of doctors, you know how insidious this disease is and now you can put a man on the moon and do all the things we can do with our cell phones and iPads and all this stuff, but there’s gotta be a way right now how to stop this. You mentioned Ronnie’s last recording. Did you have any idea at the time the significance of what was going on? BK: No one had any idea that anything was really wrong, but I can tell you this. I’m not a person that is easily intimidated, and somebody looks up my track record of the gigantic stars that I worked with, and I was very lucky that one of the last tours that Ronnie did, with Heaven and Hell , that Tony Iommi didn’t want to rehearse and was still in the U.K. and Ronnie wanted to warm up and Wendy called me and said Ronnie wants you to play guitar for the rehearsal, just so he can warm up. I just didn’t feel comfortable. I was like, ‘Where’s Craig Goldy? Where’s Doug Aldrich?’ She said, ‘They’re not around, and he’s asking for you.’ Well, it was an honor for me and I can tell you when I got up there and stood next to Ronnie Dio, I was intimidated. And when he started to sing, he didn’t need any warm-up at all. And I can tell you when we did this Christmas record, with 50 people — Dave Grohl , Lemmy … He was nice enough to give the money to charity. I’ve done a lot of compilation records, and I’ve never seen anyone give their money to charity, but he did, and I’ll never forget that. A lot of great guitars out there, and just looking around, I was wondering aside from the one you donated, do you have a favorite in the bunch? BK: I’m gonna head back there in a minute and check out that Brian May guitar. That’s one that you’ll rarely if ever see. I’ve worked with Brian May once, and that’s another person who is a totally unique wonderful person who just happened to have a gift beyond … almost like the Beatles’ gift. He was that talented, and maybe that’s sacrilegious to say, but Brian May is really, really, really an amazing musician and composer. So that prototype guitar he’s got there, I’m looking forward to picking that up for a minute. The ‘Icons & Idols — Rock ‘n’ Roll’ auction will take place at 2PM PT Dec. 1 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. For further info, check here . Guitar Wall Chad Childers, Loudwire Ronnie James Dio crystal guitar Chad Childers, Loudwire Ronnie James Dio carved guitar Chad Childers, Metallica guitar Chad Childers, Loudwire Foo Fighters guitar Chad Childers, Loudwire Pearl Jam guitar Chad Childers, Loudwire Elephant-painted guitar Chad Childers, Loudwire [button href=”” title=”Next: Wendy Dio Discusses Tony Iommi’s Cancer Battle” align=”center”]

Filter Psyched for ShipRocked 2012 Cruise

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Filter are one of the acts performing and taking part in various activities on the  ShipRocked 2012  cruise, along with bands such as Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Korn and many others. The ship sets sail Nov. 27 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and makes stops in Key West, Fla., and Nassau, Bahamas, before returning on Dec. 1. For information on reservations, the itinerary, the performances and much more, check out . When we spoke to Filter frontman Richard Patrick and guitarist Jonathan Radtke, they talked to us about last year’s rocking cruise, during which they shared the boat with some elderly vacationers, and also expressed their excitement for this year’s ShipRocked trip. Describe the Shiprocked experience last year? Richard Patrick: It’s like you’re on a ship and every time you go out – boom you’re hanging with the fans, as soon as you step out of your cabin you have to know that people on the boat are fans so there’s not a lot of privacy but it’s a lot of fun. Everybody is super respectful. To us it’s like this fun paid vacation where we get to rock ‘n’ roll so it’s not even a big deal, everything is completely taken care of and you’re hanging out with people that just adore you, how hard is that. Jonathan Radtke: And you get to hang out with bands that you’re friends with, we’re really close with the Buckcherry guys. What are you looking forward to most for this year with Shiprocked? JR: Well I think they’re going to a new location this year, the Bahamas. RP: And it’s the entire ship. I feel so bad for the people last year. JR: Half of the ship last year were paying customers who weren’t affiliated with ShipRocked, that were just going to Cozumel where we were going. So when they saw the boat was literally being overtaken by rock people – I remember this old couple, literally as the boat was still in port and the boat was about to take off and I don’t know if they were aware of it and you literally see thousands of people with tattoos and drinking. The first band was Hellyeah or something like that or Hinder and this poor old couple had their hands on their ears like “What is going on?!” RP: “Oh my God is this what we’re in for?!” JR: So apparently this year the entire boat is reserved for ShipRocked, which is even better. RP: They’re going to build scaffolding like a real stage and this whole thing because you’re playing in all these little arenas and these little places and we’re playing and the f—ing speakers are swaying. I remember playing and feeling like I was going to sprain my ankles, it’s a good time. The bands are amazing Five Finger Death Punch, Sevendust – I got a picture of me and Lajon [Witherspoon] just hanging on the beach from last year. No motion sickness for you guys last year? RP: I was telling you earlier about my problems with roller coasters but I was fine on the boat last year. You know what is really interesting though, if you’re too wasted and you’re belligerent they will leave you there. JR: Yeah because you do get off the boat at certain stops and do activities and stuff and there were a couple of people we heard stories about – that a couple guys had a little too much and weren’t allowed back on the boat, they pissed off the ferderales and got in trouble. RP: Dude you’re stuck in Mexico – and a lot of these people it’s just something they did and you don’t know if they had the money to get back and they’re so wasted. All of the shows are held on the boat itself, do you rock out on the sandy beaches at all? JR : Yeah all of the shows are on the boat, each band does like two shows. RP: There’s music going on all over the place, there’s different levels of bands, there’s some weird clubs they have on this things. They have all of these little different departments of strange, there’s night clubs and casinos. There’s not a dull moment – it’s a lot of hanging out, sunbathing, swimming during the day and then as soon as you eat dinner, you start playing. It starts at 4pm and just goes all night long, people are playing ‘til like two in the morning. JR: Us and Buckcherry, we did our theater show and went on at like 1 am – I remember taking a nap and waking up at 11:30 pm. RP: Dude I remember waking up and the people next door were like, “Who is that Steven Tyler?” [Laughs] I’m in there warming up and they’re like “I think it’s Steven Tyler.” Those poor old people. They had this one guy teaching them how to dance and he was Italian. I felt so bad because he looked over and there was this dark cloud of heavy metal and rock fans. [button href=”” title=”Check Out Photos of Filter Rocking Out in NYC” align=”center”]

New Limp Bizkit Song ‘Lightz (City of Angels)’ Surfaces Online

YouTube Limp Bizkit  are back with a new song, ‘Lightz (City of Angels),’ which surfaced online over the weekend. A music video for the song had appeared on YouTube but was since taken down. However, you can still listen to the tune below. Frontman Fred Durst  sent out a  tweet to fans congratulating him on the track, saying, “Thank you, but it is NOT our first single / video. It was leaked prematurely.” The song ‘Lightz’ is a little bit more poppy than some of the group’s late ’90s rock efforts and shows some evolution in their sound. Durst both sings and raps on the track, and it has more of a anthemic yet melodic feel to it. However, there is definitely something for the rock fans as Wes Borland gets in a solid guitar solo midway into the track. The tune will likely appear on the band’s upcoming Cash Money records debut album, ‘Stampede of the Disco Elephants.’ In related news, the group is working on a new music video for the ‘Urban Assault Version’ of ‘Ready to Go,’ their collaboration with rapper Lil’ Wayne . The band has posted shots from the video shoot here , here , here , and here . Listen to Limp Bizkit’s ‘Lightz (City of Angels)’ [button href=”” title=”Next: DJ Lethal Returns to Limp Bizkit After Twitter Apology” align=”center”]