Dave Lombardo Takes Hiatus from Testament Shows, Future with Band in Question

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As the saying goes – more bands, more problems.

Dave Lombardo has announced that he will not take part in any of Testament’s 2023 tours due to scheduling conflicts. Not only a member of Testament, the musician is also an active member of Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Mr. Bungle, Deadcross and Empire State Bastard. On top of all that, he’s also releasing a solo album too.

Lombardo’s other band Satanic Planet announced some shows but Lombardo won’t be at those either. We’re guessing it’s because of the whole being in so many bands thing. 

He’s out for the tour and as far as the former Slayer drummer’s future with Testament goes, it’s currently up in the air. “I don’t know, because everything is starting to snowball with Mr. Bungle and Empire State Bastard and the Misfits. I’ve been with the Misfits since 2016. Testament is a well-oiled machine. They’re always touring and releasing albums. To try to find that space or that time to release something…I don’t know,” Lombardo stated in an interview with Blabbermouth.

Lombardo goes on to say,

“I can’t guarantee anything because of my commitments” but ensures his relationship with Testament “is good. The doors are open. The communication is there. I told them that I was seeing some clashes coming. He describes his scheduling as “very tricky.” and we’re sure scheduling literally anything is a mission for Lombardo.

Imagine being so creative that you literally don’t have time to get it all out. A couple of weeks ago, grindcore band Empire State Bastard dropped their first single. It’s a ripper, especially for any fan of Lombardo’s work behind the kit. 

Tetatment’s The Bay Strikes Back world tour kicks off April 19th in Peru and ends October 15th in California. Check out the tour dates for Testament, Exodus and Death Angel below. 

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