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Slayer Announces Return Of Paul Bostaph

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After the death of Jeff Hanneman, Slayer announced the band would continue touring Europe this Summer. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about recruiting Paul Bostaph as a new full-time member:

"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 them 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.

"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."

"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 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."

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1. Cartman writes:

Yay! I'm the first to comment on this. Now that they brought Paul back, they're gonna have to find a permanent replacement for Jeff. I'm pretty sure Gary Holt is only going to be in Slayer for the tour. It would be nice if Mike Clark joins Suicidal Tendencies. Not only is Clark out of S.T., but both Slayer and S.T. have been good friends for a long time and I can totally imagine Clark playing songs like "Angel of Death". That would totally be badass!

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2. Cartman writes:

Excuse me, meant to type "It would be nice if Mike Clark joins Slayer"

# May 30, 2013 @ 7:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianMN writes:

Massive slap in the face to Dave.
You'd think after Jeff they'd be able to set aside the petty bs but I guess not.
They lost their best drummer and song writer....Slayer at 50,%....including a crippled up, disinterested, rather be retired Araya....I'm not interested.
Kerry said they'd quit before bas,***.dizin the Slayer name...guess what?
YOU ARE.

# May 30, 2013 @ 7:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. jeff's jackson soloist writes:

John Dette got the shaft (again)
Dave is one of the founders of Slayer - but you can see that the Slayer "management" runs the show.
I believe they have a contract called the 360 or equity deal.
"At one end of the scale is the 360, or equity, deal, where every aspect of the artist's career is handled by producers, promoters, marketing people, and managers. The idea is that you can achieve wide saturation and sales, boosted by a hardworking machine that stands to benefit from everything you do. The artist becomes a brand, owned and operated by the label, and in theory this gives the company a long-term perspective and interest in nurturing that artist's career."
Source
http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/magazine/16-01/ff_byrne?currentPage=all

# May 30, 2013 @ 8:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

Probably the best they could have got to be honest, but I agree with Brian ultimately.

# May 30, 2013 @ 9:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. KC writes:

YES!!!!!!

# May 30, 2013 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Jackrum writes:

guess it'll be good at bloodstock. wont be as good as the 20 years of seasons gig they did at Kentish town forum though.

medics in the mosh pit at song 2. DISCIPLE might have killed someone

# May 31, 2013 @ 6:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Borntomosh writes:

For me, Bostaph represents the period of time where I was less interested in Slayer than any other, with the exception being the period surrounding the release of World Painted Blood. Nothing against his drumming, personally, I've just been a Lombardo guy from the get-go.

At the end of the day, it still doesn't feel like Slayer to me anymore. It's just a really sad situation.

# May 31, 2013 @ 8:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. WOLF7 writes:

I'd agree with that, BornToMosh.

To me it's "No Hannemann - No Slayer" anyway, but what's really sad is they couldn't work things out with Lombardo.

That's that, then. Well, at least the story of the original Slayer ended with the brilliant World Painted Blood.

# May 31, 2013 @ 10:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Blindgreed1 writes:

RIP Slayer.

# May 31, 2013 @ 10:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Fear_Of_Napalm writes:

With Jeff gone and now Paul drumming it's time for Slayer to call it quits. I'm a big Slayer fan, but it's no longer Slayer. Jeff and Dave were there when Slayer were at their best....now it's just a cash making exercise. I feel for Dave, he looks like he's been shafted and I wish him a lot of success with whatever he does.

# May 31, 2013 @ 12:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. charest writes:

i just hope it ends after their tour completes, i knew the end of Slayer was near but of course didnt see this one coming. Slayer will always remain to be my favorite band, sucks about the dave situation would have been nice for him to be there... anyways heres to 30 years of in your face thrashness!! f***ING SLAYER!!!

# May 31, 2013 @ 12:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Blindgreed1 writes:

BTW, a buddy of mine went to Jeff's memorial. Said it was awesome.

# May 31, 2013 @ 3:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. R10 writes:

I'm hoping the Bostaph addition is just for fullfilling tour comittmants, etc. With only 2 original members, hopefully my all time favorite band just bows out gracefully.

# May 31, 2013 @ 3:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Borntomosh writes:

Reports are starting to come in that Lombardo found out he was "officially" removed from Slayer via the internet, like the rest of us.

If this proves to be a legitimate claim, I've all but given up the small shred of hope I had for Slayer, even just hours ago.

# May 31, 2013 @ 4:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. BrianMN writes:

@borntomosh.....I read that also.....classy!!!
Dave deserves better than Slayer anyway.
Out of the four he really was the only real musician anyway.
How many metal drummers get asked to play with an orchestra? Dude can play anything, any genre. I'd wish him luck but he doesn't need it, he'll be fine w/o Slayer.

Sadly...so will Slayer...like Metallica, it's not a band it's a brand. A well oiled money machine that will keep plodding along for who knows how long. Us old die hards will keep complaining while the masses blindly buy the "tough guy, macho. Satan" crap from a bunch of tired old millionaires.

Tom and Kerry are pretty much the new Gene and Paul.
And what was Tom's excuse for not being at the memorial?
As for the next album...I have no interest in a KK solo album.
Later Slayer...we still have the underground.

# May 31, 2013 @ 6:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Borntomosh writes:

Couldn't agree more, Brian. Well said.

# May 31, 2013 @ 11:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. silvermountains writes:

Goodbye Slayer. . . . . . . . . Rest in Peace

welcome to a new era of "Slayer"

# Jun 1, 2013 @ 3:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. WOLF7 writes:

Fully agreed, Brian.

Sad to see Slayer go, but then again they were around for 30years, they gave us 10 albums, one covers album and 2 live releases, they never sold out or compromised, so really we've got nothing to b**** about.

# Jun 1, 2013 @ 6:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. BrianMN writes:

@WOLF7....you're totally correct as I sit here 30 years later listening to RIB from start to finish. I think it may have been Oz....forgive me if it wasn't you, I'm not trying to throw you under the bus here....that said something to the effect of "Slayer's been treading water ever since Seasons."
And I think there's been a lot of truth to that also.
Divine was ok...so was GHUA and WPB......their early catalog was so incredible that I've always held out hope, like Metallica....foolishly on my part that they'd give us JUST ONE MORE ground breaker.
But WOLF7 is right, they never did sell out...look at the heat they took for Diabolous. I can understand why they've been afraid to stray from the formula ever since.
Maybe....JUST MAYBE they'll let Gary write some new stuff....that MIGHT get me interested.

# Jun 1, 2013 @ 7:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Cattlebruiser writes:

Who would have guessed that Slayer ends up like this, let's say five years ago when they were playing live shows?

I always saw them as the band who will play shows and make thrash albums until they're old and fall off stage. But now Jeff got ill and passed away and the rest of them are split up between some business crap. I can't even believe it.

This band is just a shell anymore. Even if they make the best record ever with a new line up, it's still not Slayer to me anymore.. I think it's just not right. They should really end Slayer in honor while it's still possible and start new projects maybe. But I guess some greedy animals in the industry still want money after all ...

# Jun 1, 2013 @ 8:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Diamond Oz writes:

It wasn't me, but I forgive you ;)

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