Slayer is coming August 19th to Joe Louis Arena for a metal show that will rival all others. This is metal that will sink its teeth into you. Slayer and Megadeth will join forces to take us back to Seasons In The Abyss and Rust In Peace. They will each play these albums from start to finish. Let me just say that the “American Carnage” tour will be a force to be reckoned with.
Slayer’s drummer Dave Lombardo fills us in on the band, the new album, and what’s going on in his world.
What is the concept of World Painted Blood?
I would assume that the concept is the whole end of the world frenzy, the atrocity. Typical Slayer songwriting… That was basically the concept of the record. Sometimes we don’t think of a concept prior to the recording of a song. We get the songs together and then you have the lyrics. Then you look at the body of work and then I think you would paint a picture to that body of work. Or maybe you take one of the songs that has the strongest image or imagery and you elaborate on that piece and then you start noticing that hey, it kind of revolves around this song.
What do you think it is about Slayer that has caused the band to have such longevity career wise?
Determination, the love of performance, the love of recording, you know, you like your art or you like to express your music as art. I think there’s a bit of loyalty to a… quote on quote job, because you like it so much. I don’t think I would like to be in any other industry rather than the music industry, one way or another because I enjoy it so much.
Do you think by playing different styles/genres of drumming that has helped you to fine-tune your craft?
Yeah definitely, there’s things that you learn not by only listening to music but also by collaborating with other musicians. You learn their methods of operation or their structure. You really get the insight of these different musicians that you work with. You get to see how they think and the way they approach things. That is an amazing learning tool. You are like this intern but you’re actually performing as you’re learning. If you are working with musicians and you’re not learning you’re doing something wrong, because there’s always something to learn from somebody.
Who are some of your influences that you’ve worked with and learned from?
I can only speak for the drummers I used to listen to as a kid. One of them is Bill Ward from Black Sabbath, another was John Bonham from Led Zepplin, Mitch Mitchell from Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker from Cream. I remember watching Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, countless drummers that were inspiration. But each drummer had his own participation or he had a sound to that band, so I think that’s important. There’s many great modern drummers but their influence to a particular band or genre of music is non existent. There are many drummers that are great, but it’s the ones that add to the actual band as a personality that’s what I like.
What have you been listening to lately?
I have to look at my Ipod, let’s see what I was listening to today. I was listening to the Doors, Duke Ellington, and Thelonius Monk. There’s an album that Duke Ellington and Louie Armstrong put out called The Great Summit. So I went from jazz, to the Doors which is rock and more jazz with Thelonius Monk. I like this band Jucifer and I like industrial stuff. I like Ministry of course, they’ve been around for a while, I like Nine Inch Nails, I could listen to Manson, and these friends of ours Bullet For My Valentine they’re a great bunch of guys! They have a new album out. The list goes on and on.
What’s one of the coolest venues that you’ve ever played?
I like Madison Square Garden, that was really cool. I liked the Download Festival with 170,000 or 150,000 people, that was amazing! The sports arena here in LA. It’s great cause it’s hometown. I remember playing Lafayette Jazz festival in Paris one year with this other band I played with, we were kind of a jazz quartet. Hammershcmith in London, that was cool.
How’s Tom doing? (Tom Araya of Slayer)
He’s doing great, he’s doing really really good. You know he has all of his rehab stuff to do but he’s ready to go and hasn’t felt better!
Get ready for some in your face metal that’s going to blow the roof off of Joe Louis Arena! We’ve been patiently waiting and now the moment is almost here for some good ol’ “American Carnage!”
Slayer and Megadeth wsg/ Testament – 8/19, 7pm – Joe Louis Arena – 600 Civic Center Dr. – Detroit, MI – 313-396-7901 – http://www.olympiaentertainment.com – $29.50 & $39.50 – Click Here For Tickets
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