Francesca Flati of Rome By Wild conducted an interview with PHILM before the band’s April 23 concert at Init in Rome, Italy. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is footage of the entire Rome show.
PHILM, the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring Lombardo, guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR), released its debut album, “Harmonic”, on May 15, 2012 via Ipecac Recordings.
Lombardo sat out SLAYER‘s recent Australian tour due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Also missing from the shows was the now-deceased guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who, at the time, was still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Filling in for them were Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX) and Gary Holt (EXODUS), respectively.
Asked if he will be sitting behind the kit for SLAYER when they return to Europe this summer, Lombardo told Greece’s Rock Overdose: “I don’t know yet. I hope to be there, but at this point, I don’t know if I’m returning or not.” He added. “I love my fans so much and they’ve been so supportive through the years; they’ve always been there. And their concern and sadness for what happened in Australia is more than I could have ever imagined fans to react. It’s unbelievable. I just love my fans and I hope to continue playing for them. This is all I do. This is my life. I don’t do anything else. I don’t have a snakefarm, I don’t have a farm with cows… I’m not like that. Music is my passion and my life, and this is all I do. So for the fans to be this nice and kind and concerned, I just love them.”