AndrewHaug.com, Australia’s first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station launched by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia’s “The Racket” radio show (originally “Full Metal Racket”; 2001-2011), conducted an interview with drummer Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, ANIMETAL USA) on March 1 at the Melbourne stop of this year’s Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Dette played with SLAYER during Soundwave after the band’s longtime drummer, Dave Lombardo, sat out the tour due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group.
Asked how he came to be playing with SLAYER again on the Soundwave festival run, Dette told Tama: “I got a call from Kerry [King, SLAYER guitarist]. And he said, ‘Hey, what are you doing next week when you’re in Australia when you’re not playing for ANTHRAX?’ And I said, ‘Drinking.’ [laughs] He said, ‘Well, you might wanna hold off the drinks, if you can, ’cause we might need you to fill in, if you can.’ And I said, ‘Of course.’ I mean, first, I was kind of taken aback, I was a little paused. But they basically called me and asked if I could do the Australia dates for them.”
Regarding his history with SLAYER, Dette said: “The SLAYER thing, again, it’s been… My God, it’s been 16, 17 years now. I joined SLAYER — officially joined SLAYER — in Decemebr of 1995, and I replaced Paul Bostaph. He had just completed the ‘Undisputed Attitude’ record. So I was with them until early 1997, and then Paul came back into the band and then I actually went back into TESTAMENT. I joined TESTAMENT in ’94, replacing John Tempesta just after the ‘Low’ record. So it was a cool little period of time. Again, I was just extremely fortunate and privileged to be part of their history. And now, to be part of the SLAYER history again is awesome. And again, I’m just really looking forward to seeing what the future brings.”
Prior to joining SLAYER, Dette appeared on TESTAMENT‘s “Live At The Fillmore” album, which came out in 1995.
Performance footage (Sydney, Australia on February 24):