Slayer has a new drummer. The band has announced that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis, replacing the group's original drummer Dave Lombardo. Paul had previously been Slayer's drummer from 1992 until 2001, and frontman Tom Araya says they're pleased to have him back in the fold.
The singer-and-bassist adds that having Paul on board will make it easier for the group to move forward following last month's death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Slayer is launching their 2013 European trek in Warsaw on Tuesday. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt will be filling in for Hanneman on the tour.
Lombardo had been on the outs with Slayer for the past several months. He missed the band's Australian tour in February over a contract dispute. At the time the drummer said he didn't want to leave the group, but he had problems with the way their business was being handled. He explained that he felt the entire band had been undercompensated in 2012, and he couldn't bring himself to sign a new contract that didn't spell out how much or how often he'd be paid for upcoming work. Dave also expressed his hope that they'd be able to work things out.
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