Sorry for posting this massive bit of news so late tonight but I had been at Book Expo America all day and its not that easy to compose a blog of any real content when only using the Smart Phone. Anyways, it seems as though Slayer has once again hired drummer Paul Bostaph for the task of skin basher in the band. Historically speaking he had originally replaced Dave Lombardo back in 1992 and served the task for almost ten years. Welcome back Paul. The photo below is an old publicity shot and shows from left to right Tom Araya, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King and the now late great Jeff Hanneman. I imagine new press shots will be forthcoming based on this information.
The statement from their press representative has been copied for your informational pleasure and the band states:
LOS ANGELES, CA — Slayer’s Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis. Bostaph will be behind the drum kit beginning June 4 when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Warsaw, Poland. Gary Holt will continue to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Slayer’s 2013 itinerary will have the band playing 35 dates that will include headline shows as well as a number of major summer festivals in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America between June and October. The complete itinerary is below.
“Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” said Tom Araya. “We’re still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don’t want to disappoint our European and South American fans, and we need to begin moving forward…having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier.”
“I’m very excited to be rejoining Slayer,” added Bostaph. “We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home.”
Bostaph was Slayer’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band – the Gold certified Divine Intervention (1994), the 1996 punk covers album Undisputed Attitude, Diabolus in Musica, (1998), God Hates Us All (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance,” as well as the DVD War at the Warfield (2001), also certified Gold. In addition to Slayer, Bostaph has been a member of Forbidden, Exodus, Systematic and Testament.
Speaking personally, when Lombardo first left Slayer I was finally a little more into the group. I was not the quick study that many Metal friends were, but of course I loved the now “classic numbers”. I hated seeing Lombardo leave the lineup, but bands and people change. This is a part of life in music. I liked the style that Bostaph had and the band did keep up a serious level of touring momentum with him sitting back there. While I would have preferred that Lombardo rejoined the group after the passing of Jeff Hanneman, it seems that this particular ship has sailed and that he is out of the mix for good. Oh well. I do look forward to seeing what Paul brings to the band and feel that many of us will be impressed because he is a solid and powerful player. Welcome back Paul and kick some ass.
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