BLINK-182 Drummer Turns Down SLAYER Gig!

December 16, 2002

BLINK-182 drummer Travis Barker has turned down an opportunity to join SLAYER as a replacement for Dave Lombardo, the skinsman revealed to Sweden's Close-Up magazine.

"I've never revealed this before, but a few months ago, I was offered the position as the replacement for Dave Lombardo in SLAYER," he told the magazine. "It would have been fun – they're my childhood idols, but I don't know… I'm happy with what I've got going right now."

Barker, whose lengthy resume includes stints in TRANSPLANTS and BOX CAR RACER, is believed to have been approached about the SLAYER gig before the band and Lombardo reached an agreement for Dave to stick around long enough to record the group's next CD, tentatively due in early 2004.

In an interview with MTV conducted in October, Barker expressed his appreciation for extreme metal music, stating that "I grew up on WHODINI and RUN-D.M.C. and SLAYER and KING DIAMOND and THE CLASH. We've always loved all these types of music." An article published in Teen Music earlier this year listed SLAYER's "Reign In Blood" as one of Barker's top two CDs of all time, an honor it shared with THE POLICE's "Live".

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