Original Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Back For Tour

Paul Bostaph retiring from band due to chronic elbow injury.

Slayer's original lineup is back from the dead ... for a few weeks, anyway.

Founding drummer Dave Lombardo will temporarily reclaim his place behind the kit on the next leg of the speed metal band's God Hates Us All tour in January, according to Slayer's publicist. Paul Bostaph, Slayer's mostly full-time skinsman since 1994's Divine Intervention, is being forced into retirement by a chronic elbow injury.

"It's great to be back with Slayer for the tour," Lombardo said in a statement. "I'm psyched to get back out there and kick ass with them again."

"It's been an unbelievable ride with Slayer," Bostaph lamented in the same statement. "Playing with these guys has been an incredible high point in my career, and I am really grateful for the experience."

Lombardo helped form Slayer's original incarnation with singer/bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman in 1982. His double-bass drum thrashing can be heard on the band's debut, Show No Mercy, released the following year, as well the influential LPs Reign in Blood (1986) and Seasons in the Abyss (1990).

He left the band briefly following 1988's South of Heaven but returned for Seasons in the Abyss. He departed permanently after the double live album Decade of Aggression (1991), citing personnel conflicts, to form Grip Inc., which released three albums: Power of Inner Strength (1995), Nemesis (1997) and Solidify (1999).

Bostaph's tenure with Slayer also did not go uninterrupted. He took off after Divine Intervention for the side project the Truth About Seafood and was replaced by Jon Dette of Testament for the covers album Undisputed Attitude (1996). Bostaph rejoined for 1998's Diabolus in Musica.

Slayer are touring in support of their latest album, God Hates Us All, released in September.

Slayer tour dates, according to Island Records:

  • 1/24 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place

  • 1/25 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall

  • 1/26 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

  • 1/27 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

  • 1/29 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Centre

  • 1/30 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's

  • 1/31 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room

  • 2/1 - Peoria, IL @ Madison Theatre

  • 2/2 - Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center

  • 2/5 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa

  • 2/6 - Houston, TX @ Aerial Theatre at Bayou Palace

  • 2/7 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl

  • 2/12 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove of Anaheim