Paul Bostaph will be replacing Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo just in time for the band's European tour. Bostaph has replaced Lombardo before, but most recently due to a contract dispute. This marks the third time Lombardo has left Slayer.
Bostaph first replaced Lombardo in 1992. During this time, he spent a decade with Slayer. He said the stint was intense, but that they "had a lot of fun, and made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home."
The band also lost founding member Jeff Hanneman to liver cancer last month, but have decided to keep pressing forward with tour dates in Europe and South America this summer. Bassist Tom Araya said, "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, 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."