davelombardo Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has claimed that he was only paid an average of $745 per show in 2011, and bandmates Tom Araya and Kerry King only got $1266 for each appearance – even though concerts were bringing in around $49,000 per night.

After examining the band’s accounts, he concluded that the musicians only received $400,000 out of the $4.4m they’d generated that year. His notes led to the argument that led to his fired in 2013.

Lombardo insists he did everything he could to persuade his colleagues they were all entitled to a better deal, not just him – but alleges the management made extra payments to Araya and King to let the issue drop.

Lambgoat reports a video interview in which Lombardo said: “I knew something was up and I tried my best to work it out with the guys. I had Tom in a hotel room with me, talking to my attorney, telling him everything their management company had been doing to them for the past 30 years.

“Tom got bought out. Management flipped him a couple of hundred grand – who knows how much? – and Kerry as well, to keep quiet. They turned their backs on me.”

He says he “held his breath” for longer than he’d wanted to, before finally confronting his colleagues at the end of 2012. He told them: “‘Out of $4.4m the band gets $400,000. Where’s the four million? Lawyers, accountant and the manager.’

“I just said, ‘Guys, look at this – it came from your accountant.’ I made $67,000. Kerry and Tom, that was about $114,000. Let’s say about 90 shows per year; you break that up per show. It’s disgusting.”

Slayer are working on their first album since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, while Lombardo is concentrating on his former side-project Philm. He says: “My schedule is open; I can do whatever I want, whenever I want.”


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  • BurntIce on

    How many times had Lombardo left Slayer in the past for the same reasons?

    He´s an awesome musician and all that, but he has become a whiny little moron like Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.


  • Kgcomments2 on

    How much was going out the door in personal expenses between the 2 head minds King and Araya that factors in.. You only need 2 people to run your affairs a manager and tour manager both of whom should have law background. A few members of crew, and your bus drivers. Other than that a band should clear at least 50% take and pull minimum gross $10,000 a nite with $5000 split between 4-5 members $1,000 minimum to enter the building. MAKE ME YOUR MANAGER PLEASE PLEASE LOL.

  • verymetal on

    The other half of the cash goes to Satan.

  • Lee on

    Great posts. Nimrods like Billy Joel losing 100 million to Artie Ripp and his wife’s brother and Springsteen signing away ’72-’74 on a Pontiac hood make this look small. Slayer are idiots. The figures are hilarious. Slaughter makes more on merchandise than these bozos on everything. Dee Snider’s book or Billy Joel’s shelved autobiography or Behind The Music Quiet Riot are classes in this stuff. David Cassidy’s book is killer too, he got creamed for millions. No early legal work by Wilshire Boulevard firms.

    • DR on

      A David Cassidy mention on Eddie Trunk. That is bringing your game up a notch Lee. We’ll done Sir.

  • Taskerofpuppets on

    South of Heaven is where their business acumen is that’s for sure. Man, Rock n Roll…not all that fun or funny.

    Lol! Metal Up Yer Ass!

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