By now we’re all caught up on the drama that imploded last week surrounding Slayer and Dave Lombardo. And on Saturday (February 23), Slayer performed at Soundwave’s stop in Brisbane, Australia with Jon Dette on drums and Exodus’ Gary Holt continuing to fill in for Jeff Hanneman (who is still sidelined courtesy of a nasty spider bite). Granted, this isn’t the first time Dette played behind the kit with Slayer (he actually replaced drummer Paul Bostaph in 1996, but was ousted from the group after a year). However, from what we can recall, this marks the first time Slayer have performed a full set with only two original members onstage.
Whether Dette will be playing with the group for much longer remains to be seen. However, while many fans are disappointed that Lombardo is “temporarily” out of Slayer, at least Tom Araya seems excited to be playing with Dette. During an interview with Soundwave TV prior to performing with Dette, Araya said that “It’ll be exciting, and I think that’s just gonna pump everything up even more.” The bassist/frontman also insinuated that Slayer will need to “find somebody to work with” when discussing the new album and its pending release. You can watch Araya’s entire interview with Soundwave TV after the jump [his comments about Dette start around the 3:15 mark], while fan filmed footage of Slayer performing “War Ensemble” with Dette and Holt in Brisbane can be seen above.