The Repercussion Of Dave Lombardo
21 October 2015
Allans Billy Hyde, Bourke St Melbourne
Review by Daniel Tucceri
Photos by Wylie Burchall
Dave Lombardo’s inaugural Australian drum clinic was nothing short of amazing, to say the least. For all in attendance, it was a rare opportunity to grill the man who defined thrash metal drumming and gain an intimate understanding of the very music which led us down the dark path. To hear those classic Slayer anthems otherwise only heard in stadiums was an opportunity too good for metal fan to miss.
From beginning to end, Lombardo imparted knowledge not exclusive to music nerds or percussion aficionados. For him, the key is simply to find a groove, learn to listen and importantly to be open-minded. Where he lamented the lack of ingenuity amongst thrash metal’s progeny, the drumming legend explained that his listening habits range from The Prodigy to Romanian gypsy music. Before a show, he’ll find inspiration in the unlikeliest of sources.
Interspersing the banter with excerpts from Slayer classics, Lombardo explained the origins behind his drumming style were borne of necessity. Until the late eighties, double kick pedals didn’t exist and he had no choice but to lug around two bass drums. Where he originally found inspiration in drummers like Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) and Ginger Baker (Cream), punk rock bands like DRI and Minor Threat fuelled his need for speed.
As much as Lombardo exhorted his fans to seek inspiration beyond their comfort zone, he also emphasised the need to play to one’s strengths. Heavy music and playing hard is what he is known for and is the element he brings to almost every project he has been part of. However, it has come at a price, with the skin pounder admitting to suffering from the early signs of hearing loss.
Despite at times enduring a few asinine comments and questions, which would’ve made a lesser man cringe, Dave was unwaveringly gracious, patient and affable. Lombardo’s style is one of undisputed attitude, but he takes the interruption of a mobile phone in his stride and makes the most of the moment with an impromptu drum solo.
A man of his accomplishments could easily rest on his laurels, but surprised all by admitting to feeling anxious beforehand. Above all, he pointed out that the kind of response Melbourne gave him made it all worthwhile. When the promoter reminded us of the “one photo, one signing” policy, Lombardo reciprocated by interjecting that we were welcome to as many as we pleased.
The Repercussion of Dave Lombardo had it all; the incredible drumming that is his trademark, enough technical details to keep the drum nerds happy and enough anecdotes to keep the rest of us entertained. With most shows in Australia sold out, the fans can certainly expect to get their money’s worth.