Former SLAYER and current DEAD CROSS drummer Dave Lombardo was interviewed on a recent installment of HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta‘s official podcast, “The Jasta Show”.
Speaking about how the recent spate of rock star deaths have affected the way he continues to process the passing of his onetime SLAYER bandmate Jeff Hanneman, Dave said: “[The death of David] Bowie was the one that fucked with me bad. Because he left… He knew… Now, being an artist, it’s, like, you know you’re gonna die. What would you do? Record, record, record, record, record, put a package together. Okay, put this out at this time. Okay, put this out… He planned it out, and that’s amazing.
“It’s inspiring when you see somebody do it that way, but then it’s very heartbreaking when you see someone like Jeff leave us at that age, and know the reason why, and doing everything you can in your power to help him get out of it, but it didn’t work.”
He continued: “That’s what I think sucks about [how] sometimes these bands that they… they break up and then they don’t work together again. And it’s, like, when the person dies, it’s over; you can’t jam with that guy again. And that’s the thing that gets me is that when these musicians pass away — whatever it is; natural death or disease or alcohol or whatever… drugs — you can’t jam with those guys [again], you can’t feel that connection. What you feel with your bandmates, if something happens with one of your bandmates, it’s over. I think that, for me, is the most heartbreaking part when you lose a fellow musician is that you lose that musical connection, that magic that happens when only you guys play together. You could bring anybody else on there, but it’s not gonna be the same; the energy is just different.”
Lombardo added: “Being able to process what happened to Jeff… It was rough when I first heard about it, and still, the person, the human being, I still think about him on occasion; he comes to my mind.”
Hanneman died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER‘s classic songs, including “Angel Of Death” and “South Of Heaven”.
Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band’s Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER’s drummer from 1992 until 2001.
In addition to Lombardo, DEAD CROSS features members of THE LOCUST and RETOX. The band’s first studio recording, a song called “We’ll Sleep When They’re Dead”, was recently made available.