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Dave Lombardo’s birthday

Dave Lombardo’s birthday

Dave Lombardo’s birthday

Originally shared by Mario Solis

David „Dave” Lombardo (born February 16, 1965) is a three time nominated, two time Grammy Award-winning Cuban American #drummer, best known as a co-#founding #member of #thrash #metal band Slayer. He performed with Slayer on nine albums, including their 1986 release Reign in Blood, which AllMusic called „groundbreaking”, and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Lombardo’s music career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 35 commercial recordings extending over a number of genres with bands such as Grip Inc., Fantômas, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo is currently playing drums with Suicidal Tendencies., Dead Cross & The Misfits.

Lombardo is most widely known as a very aggressive heavy metal drummer. His use of the drums has been called „astonishingly innovative” and earned him the title „the godfather of double bass” from Drummer World.[8] Over his career, he has had a significant influence on the metal scene and has inspired many modern metal drummers, particularly within both thrash metal and death metal.

At the age of 16, Lombardo’s friends from the Huntington Park, California-based band Sinister told him about a guitar player who lived a few blocks away. Lombardo dropped by Kerry King’s house to meet him. He introduced himself, mentioned he played drums and that he wanted to start a band. The pair agreed to jam and King proceeded to show Lombardo his guitar collection later that night. The two quickly realized they shared some of the same musical interests. King and Lombardo rehearsed in Lombardo’s garage several times. King then introduced the drummer to another guitarist, named Jeff Hanneman. The three rehearsed several times and soon decided they needed a singer and bass player. King had earlier played with Tom Araya in a band called Quits and decided to introduce Lombardo and Hanneman to him.

With Slayer’s line-up now complete, Lombardo stabbed out the now iconic logo and the band began to develop their groundbreaking sound. Soon after, Slayer recorded their debut album Show No Mercy. Lombardo enlisted producer Rick Rubin for their sophomore album „Hell Awaits” (1985). During the tour to promote their 1986 album Reign in Blood, Lombardo left the band, stating, „I wasn’t making any money. I figured if we were gonna be doing this professionally, on a major label, I wanted my rent and utilities paid.” The band enlisted Tony Scaglione of Whiplash as his replacement. Unhappy with the change, producer Rick Rubin repeatedly called Lombardo asking his return. After refusing several times, he finally relented and decided to return in 1987. Lombardo recorded drums on the Slayer albums South of Heaven (1988) and Seasons in the Abyss (1990), then parted ways with the band again in 1992. Lombardo’s decision to leave Slayer was due to his desire to witness the birth of his first child. The drummer gave the band members the full nine months’ notice of the pregnancy, stating he would be unable to tour the last two weeks of September. He soon received a phone call from manager, Rick Sales, stating that they were booking a festival in September regardless. Lombardo stood firm in his decision, reiterating he would not miss this paramount moment.

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