Lombardo was recently asked by Metal Hammer readers if he would’ve joined Kerry King‘s new band had King approached him.
Former SLAYER drummer responded: “I knew that was coming. I am, right now, working on too many other projects and I wouldn’t be able to accept. New DEAD CROSS, MR. BUNGLE… the pandemic put a lot of stuff on hold, so we need to play some catch-up there. Besides that, he’s got Paul Bostaph [playing with him], and I don’t think he would have the need to ask me.”
Lombardo was also asked if he would be interested in playing with SLAYER if the band ever decide to reunite, to which he responded: “I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. But, yeah, I’d listen to whatever it is they had to say. That’s it. You can’t go any further than that.”
Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the group’s Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other bandmembers. He was later replaced by Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001.
SLAYER played its final show of their farewell tour in November 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles. One day later, Kerry King‘s wife, Ayesha King, said that there is “not a chance in hell” that the thrash metal icons will reunite for more shows.