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Drummer Paul Bostaph Rejoins Slayer

Image courtesy of Bryan Bedder/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Bryan Bedder/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

It appears that Slayer ’s issues with drummer Dave Lombardo have come to a head: the band has just announced that former drummer Paul Bostaph will now be seated behind their drum kit on a full-time basis.

"Paul's a great drummer and a good friend, and we're very happy that he's decided to rejoin the band," said frontman Tom Araya in a statement.  "We're still pretty numb from the loss of [founding guitarist] Jeff [ Hanneman ], 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."  Hanneman died May 2 of liver failure at age 49.

Bostaph, who served as Slayer’s drummer from 1992 until 2001, adds he’s excited to be back with the group. “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," says the drummer in a statement.

Lombardo had been on the outs with Slayer since February, when he announced in a lengthy posting on his Facebook page that he wouldn’t be joining the band on their Australian tour following a disagreement over financial issues.

Slayer will be embarking on a massive tour overseas this summer, beginning with an appearance at the Impact Festival in Warsaw, Poland on June 4. Visit Slayer.net to view the full itinerary.

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