Legendary Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was recently dismissed from the band's current Australian tour due to a financial dispute shortly before the thrash legends were set to take off into the Southern Hemisphere. There has been much debate regarding the true inner workings of the dispute, but regardless, Lombardo has taken to his personal Facebook fan page to thank his loyal followers.

Two weeks ago, Lombardo broke the bad news on his Facebook page, revealing that he would not venture south for Slayer's Australian tour dates. Lombardo posted a lengthy, yet revealing account as to why, with Slayer quickly following suit by releasing an official statement confirming Lombardo's claims while insisting "Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's substance or the timeline of the events."

Slayer guitarist Kerry King would later offer his own details on the group's trouble with Lombardo. “I planned on him being here up until the Monday before I left," King begins. "And then I saw trouble in paradise, and since I am the mastermind on making decisions like this, I was like, ‘Alright, I’ve got to have a backup plan, just in case.’ I would have hated to have just Australia blown out. Can you imagine how s—ty that would have been? So I did what I thought was best and we pulled it off.”

Lombardo has been replaced on the Australian dates by Jon Dette (Testament / Evildead), who strangely enough is also filling in for Anthrax's Charlie Benante during their own Australian tour, as the drummer was forced to take a leave of absence to focus on "personal issues."

Thanking his fans for their unwavering support, Lombardo writes:

I have always known that my fans were awesome! But never has it been more clear to me than in the past two weeks, how passionate, supportive and sincere you really are.

Thank you for all your kind responses and I hope to see you all very soon.

Sincerely,

Dave Lombardo

Lombardo's spot as a permanent member of Slayer seems somewhat up in the air, but stay tuned to Loudwire for all breaking news on Dave Lombardo and Slayer.