by The Asian Invasion
Invasion - Hey Dave. First thing, and this has to be said. I want to thank you for your years of hard work and amazing musicianship. It will live on forever.
Dave Lombardo - Thank you so much.. I really appreciate that.
Invasion - What made you want to play drums as a kid?
Dave Lombardo - To be honest, I don't remember a specific moment. I don't remember my life without it.
Invasion - While growing up, was there any drummers in particular that you looked up to?
Dave Lombardo - John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Bill Ward
Invasion - What was the first metal album you listened to?
Dave Lombardo - It was Judas Priest, Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather.
Invasion - Is there any album you've recorded during your career that you had difficulty with?
Dave Lombardo - No, not at all.
Invasion - I recently interviewed Gene Hoglan and he told me about some of the cool things he experienced when he was doing lights for early Slayer shows. Anything you fondly remember from that time with Gene?
Dave Lombardo - Gene's a great guy.. I have a lot of fond memories from that time.. I can't really pick out a specific one. He's cool.
Dave Lombardo - I loved recording that album. My relationship with Eric Peterson & Chuck Billy is awesome, so the dynamics of us all working together was unlike any other metal band that I had worked with in the past.
Invasion - Is there any contact with the Slayer camp at all?
Dave Lombardo - None
Invasion - Was there ever any conflict between you and Paul Bostaph over the years?
Dave Lombardo - No
Invasion - Is there any up and coming metal bands out there that you feel are on the cusp of becoming really popular?
Dave Lombardo - There are many strong bands out there, but to be honest, I have been so caught up writing my own music.. I haven't really focused on what's happening in todays scene.
Invasion - Any bands out there that you would love to play with?
Dave Lombardo - Absolutely. Without naming specific bands, anyone that musically moves me and I feel challenged by.
Invasion - When is the next Philm release coming?
Dave Lombardo - We are hoping to release the album by July… earlier if at all possible. Can't wait to get it out there.
Invasion - After so many years I don't think there will be many drummers ever to come that will do nearly as much amazing things as you have in your esteemed career.
Thank you so much for your time and one day I'd love to meet you in person!
Dave Lombardo - Wow dude, thank you so much for the kind words. Pleasure to do the interview.
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