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31st May 2013


Less than a month after the tragic loss of late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Slayer have announced that drummer Paul Bostaph has replaced Lombardo on a full-time basis.

The band apparently had a falling out with founding drummer Dave Lombardo earlier this year over a contractual dispute and replaced him temporarily with one of the band's other former drummers, Jon Dette. However, now they've chosen to move forward in their career with Bostaph reclaiming the drum spot in the band. Bostaph's first show back with the band will be on June 4th in Warsaw, Poland as the band begin their international tour.

The band are expected to play 35 dates including a number of major summer festivals in Europe and South America in the coming months.

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Slayer frontman Tom Araya, speaking about the return of Bostaph, stated: "Paul's a great drummer and a good friend, and we're very happy that he's decided to rejoin the band. We're still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff [Hanneman], but we don't want to disappoint our European and South American fans, and we need to begin moving forward; having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier."

Bostaph added: "I'm very excited to be rejoining Slayer. We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home."

During his previous stint with the band, Bostaph played on the 'Divine Intervention', 'Undisputed Attitude', 'Diabolus In Musica' and 'God Hates Us All' albums. He also appeared on the band's successful 'War At The Warfield' DVD. Bostaph has also played in Testament, Exodus and other Metal outfits.

Guitarist Gary Holt, who had been filling in for an ailing Hanneman for the past two years, will continue his role as the band's touring guitarist. Hanneman passed away at the age of 49 on May 2nd of this year.

Slayer 2013 International Tour:
6/4 — Warsaw, Poland — Impact Festival 2013
6/6 — Enschede, Holland — Muziek Theatre
6/7 — Kerkrade, Holland — Rodahal
6/8 — Amneville, France — Sonisphere France
6/10-11 — Dublin, Ireland — The Academy
6/12 — Belfast, Ireland — Limelight
6/14 — Interlaken, Switzerland — Greenfield Festival
6/15 — Padova, Italy — Geox Theatre
6/17 — Rome, Italy — Antlantico
6/18 — Florence, Italy — Obihall
6/19 — Milan, Italy — Alcatraz
6/21 — St. Goarshausen, Germany — Metalfest Germany
6/22 — Graz, Austria — See-Rock Festival 2013
6/23 — Zagreb, Croatia — Culture Factory/Tvornica Kulture
6/25 — Belgrade, Serbiz — Kombank Arena
6/26 — Tokaj, Hungary — Hegyalja Festival
6/27 — Leipzig, Germany — With Full Force
6/29 — Istanbul, Turkey — Hi Voltage
7/1 — Athens, Greece — Heavy By The Sea
8/2 — Viviero, Spain — Resurrection Festiva
8/6 — Copenhagen, Denmark — Vega Main Hall
8/7 — Stockholm, Sweden — Grona Lund Tivoli Outdoor
8/9 — Oulu, Finland — Jalomethallifestival 2013
8/10 — Oslo, Norway — Oya Festival
8/11 — Derby, UK — Bloodstock Open Air 2013
8/15 — Kiweit Hasselt, Belgium — Pukkelpop Festival
8/16 — Biddinghuizen, Holland — Low Lands Festival
8/17 — Hamburg, Germany — Elb-Riot Open Air Festival
8/18 — Herford, Germany — X Rockfest
9/17 — Mexico City, Mexico — Foro Sol
9/20 — Sao Paulo, Brazil — Jockey Club
9/22 — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil — Rock In Rio 2013
9/24 — Curitiba, Brazil — Pedreira Paulo Leminski
9/27 — Buenos Aires, Argentina — River Plate Stadium
9/29 — Asuncion, Paraguay — Jockey Club
10/2 — Santiago, Chile — Estadio Nacional



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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