Recently, The U.K.'s "best-selling drum magazine" Rhythm conducted an interview with SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo. Few excerpts are follows:
On training his left bass drum foot on his hi-hat:
"IRON MAIDEN first did it in the song 'Ghenghis Khan' where the hi-hat is doing what the double bass would be doing and there are ghost notes on the snare to compensate for the lost drum. It was very brief from the time of using the hi-hat to getting my second bass drum. I have give credit to MOTÖRHEAD for the song 'Overkill'. When I first heard it I was blown away. Although it was slow by today's standards, I thought it was really cool."
On being a "drum legend":
"I don't think about being a drum legend. I don't know what to say. Whatever comes out comes out and that's me.
"I have to do this drum clinic in Finland and I'm like, 'What shall I do?' I honestly don't like doing them. Since I never really took drum lessons I can't really sit there and educate people about these drum beats. I'm not gonna write it out because what you're gonna get is a piece of paper with a bunch of notes on it, and how you're gonna play it is like a piece of paper that's been typed on. You're gonna play drums like you're typing."
On his lack of warm-up routine:
"I do get fatigued onstage, but once I get over that hump, I'm fine. I'm already warmed up from the last show, so there's no need to overdo it. It surprises people. I don't practice at home. I listen to more music. When I play, I let it come out. The stamina that you see onstahe has been developing since we played Reading and Leeds last year. When you're in it this long, it's like second nature, it's your job, you just do it."
Tips for beginners:
"Play along to whatever you can properly play. If you start off at AC/DC and you play a whole record from beginning to end and feel like you've had a workout, then you're doing good.
"After a while, start to get a little more complicated and try some early JUDAS PRIEST, and maybe bring in some double bass stuff. If you're doing good there, move on to the next record. That's what worked for me."
Rhythm's entire interview with Dave Lombardo can be found in the magazine's April 2007 issue, available on the newsstands now.
WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE RESPONES TO GLENN HUGHES ABOUT REFORMING DEEP PURPLE MARK III
WHITESNAKE mainman David Coverdale (ex-DEEP PURPLE) has responded to a recent Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple, BLACK SABBATH) interview in which he remarked that Coverdale had shown interest in a reunion of Deep Purple's Mark III lineup (1973-1975 which also featured guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice):
"As disappointed as some maybe, I am disappointed to have to keep repeating this. I have not agreed in any way, shape or form, to a reformation of DP Mark III. My Soul Brother should be aware of that after our repeated conversations. Those of you who have followed and supported my for many years know how I feel about ‘going back.' The only consideration, as I have said repeatedly in interviews, would be by willingness to be involved in a ‘one off’ charity show which would feature all surviving members of DP. As you all know, I am entirely devoted to my band Whitesnake and have plans and ideas for the band that will take me as far as my rapidly maturing legs will allow. I have nothing but the fondest and totally appreciative memories of my time spent with Purple and all the incredible adventures that continue to this day, related entirely to the opportunities I was given by the band. But, now it’s Whitesnake time, as far as I am concerned, and I am dedicated to fulfilling all my hopes, wishes and dreams to ensuring quality work for all involved in the Snake. If, indeed, there is a reformation, then I wish them every success, and perhaps Whitesnake could ‘special guest’ them somewhere!"
According to GWAR's official web site, the band will will take part in the third annual Sounds of the Underground tour, set to take place this summer. Other bands that are rumored to appear include SHADOWS FALL, JOB FOR A COWBOY and EVERY TIME I DIE. An official announcement regarding this year's lineup is expected soon.
The second annual Sounds of the Underground tour featured performances by AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GWAR, TERROR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BEHEMOTH, THE CHARIOT and THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, among others.