Paul Bostaph Rejoins Slayer

Slayer has announced that former drummer Paul Bostaph will be rejoining the band, leaving Dave Lombardo officially out of the band.

A statement from Slayer reads: “Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis. He will be behind the drumkit beginning June 4 when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Poland.”

Bostaph originally joined the band in 1996 and he said, “I’m very excited to be rejoining Slayer. We spent a very intense 10 years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home.”

Earlier this year Lombardo voiced concerns about finances and contractual agreements with the band. On his Twitter account, Lombardo says he found out about the replacement online–suggesting he was not notified by other Slayer members first.

It’s been a strange few months for Slayer as less than a month ago, guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure at the age of 49. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for the past two years while Hanneman was out due to necrotizing fasciitis from a spider bite. Holt will remain touring with the band.


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  • Abbey_of_Thelema

    Jeff Hanneman R.I.P
    Losing Jeff was a big loss for Slayer..

    But losing Dave Lombardo will this time be the death of Slayer, Period.
    Who remembers their weak-ass records with Bostaph? The only reason Slayer is playing big shows today is because of Lombardo re-joining the band.

    Kicking him out the way they did this time, with him now knowing about the other guys stealing his money, he´ll never return..

    Without Lombardo OR Hanneman, Slayer will sound like a half-decent Tribute-band at best..

    With Lombardo being the only real musician in the band, his drumming IS 90% of Slayer. Good luck without him Araya and King, you and the newly hired guns will sureley need it..

  • Del Parrish

    I do feel like ‘…And Justice For All’ was Metallica’s requiem, and it was in a certain sense. The Bob Rock and Rick Rubin albums, while skyrocketing the band’s commercial success, lost that certain feel of the earlier Rasmussen produced thrash. I feel Slayer will have bigger creative problems losing two major contributors to their trademark sound. Really, I think a band name change is in order.