It was a little over a month ago when former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was moved the the top of the list of rumored drummers for The Misfits’ reunion shows at the Riot Fests. With the first of the two shows coming this weekend, they were going to eventually have to name someone, and indeed, Lombardo will be sitting behind the kit when the band hit the stage this weekend. Both Lombardo and Glenn Danzig confirmed to Rolling Stone that this was happening.
“The Misfits created the horror punk attitude and had a massive influence on modern rock, punk and metal,” Lombardo tells Rolling Stone. “It was an easy decision for me to join them for these monumental shows. I was honored to be asked, and am very excited to be playing with the band.”
This certainly does line up with Danzig’s promise that “it will blow your mind when I tell you who it is.” Lombardo is an elite drummer that’s known for his speed, which should line up perfectly with the band, who are playing their first show in over 30 years with Danzig fronting the band. The singer first met Lombardo when they were on the same label, Def Jam, in 1988:
“I first met Dave back in 1988 when Danzig did four shows with Slayer in the U.S., before the first Danzig album was released,” Danzig says. “Dave is one of the best drummers around, and I can’t wait for everyone to see him pounding Misfits songs live for these special shows.”
Jerry Only said that when Lombardo’s name was thrown into the hat, both he and Danzig were on the same page:
“I think the darker side of punk we created with the Misfits spawned the growth and evolution of punk into thrash, and sired bands like Metallica and Slayer, just as we inspired countless others in the punk revolution.”
This isn’t the only punk/hardcore band from the ’80s that Lombardo is drumming with, as he’s both touring with Suicidal Tendencies and playing on their forthcoming album.