This past Monday, Metal Assault sat down with Tom Araya of Slayer, and spoke with him about the band’s lineup shifts since the death of Jeff Hanneman, and whether the band considered throwing in the towel after that loss.
“It seems like a lot of Slayer fans have been making up their own decisions and minds about what the band should do,” he says.
“We’ve seen comments on different social networks and on various interviews out there. There are some Slayer fans out there that have an opinion, and it’s 50-50. They can live with those opinions. Some of the things that people have said are a little upsetting. But like I said, some Slayer fans have already made up their mind, so they can live with that.”
He adds: “We’re going to do what we’re doing. Me and Kerry [King] have a lot of communicating to do as far as how to move forward and what we should do. We haven’t really had a chance to do that because a lot of this stuff was already set up. A lot of these tours were booked almost a year ago. We’re just going forward and finishing up what we started. Once we get an opportunity to sit down, we’ll communicate on how to move forward.”
Paul Bostaph, says Araya, was the obvious choice for drummer after “as soon as the issues with Dave [Lombardo] started coming up.”
Adds Tom: “I was the one that brought that to Kerry and Jeff’s attention. Paul was in the band for quite a long time and did four albums with us, really great albums. So to me it was a no-brainer, and Jeff and Kerry seemed to agree. So I’m glad he’s back because he’s an awesome drummer, a really great songwriter and helps put the songs together really well. And on top of it, he’s a really good guy. I’m not good with strange people. It’s one of the reasons why Gary [Holt] is playing with us, because I’m not hip on strangers and people I don’t know.”
Read the rest of the interview here.