Dave Lombardo Recalls The ‘Eye-Opening’ Moment For Slayer, ‘I Was Shaking’

Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo talked about the horrifying memory he had with the band during a recent appearance on The Jasta Show.

In the conversation, Dave mentioned the time when they were driving across the whole United States in 1984 with a Chevrolet Camaro and a U-Haul truck, and they were heading towards Winnipeg.

While they were passing across Montana, Dave was driving the Camaro with the all band members in it, and the car started spinning after they hit the black ice on the road.

After the car stopped, Dave stated that he was nervous and shaking even though they got off cheap without any serious injuries. Because of how close they were to the death, Dave said that this was an eye-opening moment for him.

Here is what Dave Lombardo said:

“There was a period where Slayer was driving across the country in a Camaro and a U-Haul truck. There’s some kind of famous pictures of Slayer and Mercyful Fate together.

We had met up in Seattle after a show in Olympia, Washington, at one of their in-stores. We went in there and just like, ‘Let’s go crash their in-store.’

“So after that, we started heading east ’cause we needed to go up to Winnipeg. And we were driving across Montana – I was driving the Camaro, I believe I had the band – I think Kerry, Tom, and Jeff were.”

He continued:

“Kerry and Jeff in the backseat, Tom in the front, or vice versa – I don’t know – and we hit black ice while I was driving. I tried to take control of the car, but the car started spinning.

And luckily, we ended up just in a ditch. But, man, when I got out of that car, I was nervous, I was shaking – I was rattled. I thought we were gonna go off a cliff.

‘Cause it was night, it was dark, and you can’t see anything out there. And you lose control of the car and you start spinning – and you’re like, ‘OK. This is it. Alright, man. Take over.’

So we eventually got the car out of the ditch but, man, my nerves were shot – I was rattled. You don’t know what’s gonna happen, you lose control of the vehicle, and there’s no way of gaining any kind of traction, especially up in Montana. It’s an eye-opening moment.”

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