Images seen here of this one-of-a-kind Slayer Birthday Cake were posted on the Facebook page of my friend, Rob. This cake was designed by Jessa Blavatsky, a lady who obviously knows her Metal. Awesome Slayer Cake celebrates the birthday of Jimmy Duff, owner of the Heavy Metal bar Duff’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Clearly, what we have here is a case of Too Much Metal for One Cake!
“When I joined Slayer and I went on tour with them, there’s one particular memory that sticks out for me. We were already working on the new record and right before we went into the studio I went to a club in Hollywood to see Fu Manchu. I remember this one guy was standing there with his girlfriend and he walked up to me, because he recognized me. He was this tall, buff guy. He’s looking at me and he says, ‘So, I hear you’re the new drummer for Slayer.’ And I said. “Yeah, how are you doing? My name is Paul.’ First he gives me this once over, and then he looks at me like he’s thinking, ‘How could this guy replace Dave Lombardo?’
I remember he reached over, grabbed my bicep and squeezed it to see if I was really strong. Then he looked at me, shook his head and walked away. I remember thinking, ‘Okay, so what I need to do to win over the fans is go to the gym.’ It was the funniest thing because I remember wondering how the size of my bicep related to how well I play the drums. I just stood there in complete shock.”
Dave Lombardo of Slayer is looking very much like comedian Bobcat Goldthwaite on the cover of the September 2006 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Inside, on page 150 and continuing for seven glorious, glossy pages you will find my current masterpiece: an in-depth interview with the extraordinary Ray Luzier.
Best known for his nine years as the drummer for wild man David Lee Roth, Ray’s touring and studio experience is as vast as his reputation as an expert a drum clinician is strong. Ray is currently rocking the world as part of LA’s latest Supergroup, Army of Anyone, which also features brothers Robert and Dean Deleo (ex-Stone Temple Pilots) and vocalist Richard Patrick from Filter. I’ve known Ray for years now and I can honestly say that this is not only the best showcase piece on Ray’s talents ever written, but it’s also among my best work for Modern Drummer. The article also features my side bar with studio legend, producer Bob Ezrin. Exciting!
This piece is not online and can only be found on newsstands when the September MD hits the stores in the first week of August. Please check it out.
“Drummers are the martial artists and fire jugglers of music and should be treated with respect.”
— Carl King