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Paul Bostaph Rejoins Slayer

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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