SLAYER's PAUL BOSTAPH Dismisses Rumors About His Health

October 28, 2015 conducted an interview with SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph before the band's October 26 concert in Paris, France. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked about the official press release that was issued by the SLAYER camp in December 2001 that listed a chronic elbow injury as the reason for Bostaph's last departure from the band, Paul said: "[I didn't leave] because of my health. I'm back. I've always been healthy. I mean, it's funny that there's so many questions about my health. I've always played sports, and through playing sports, I've sustained injuries. I don't know too many people who play sports that don't. I'm a very competitive person in everything I do — drums, sports… whatever that is. And through playing sports… I've played soccer and injured my left knee. I don't know too many people that eventually don't tear their ACL [anterior cruciate ligament]. So, anyway, my ACL injury turned into an elbow injury turned into a foot injury turned into, 'What's wrong with your right ear?' It's all the rumors… I get questions from people, 'So, I hear your right hand hurts.' Or 'your left finger.'The bottom line is, I'm healthy."

Regarding whether guitarist Gary Holt brings something fresh to the SLAYER sound, Bostaph said: "I wouldn't say… It's hard to say… If you say it's something fresh… Just say that it's something new or something different. But the thing with Gary is that Gary was there at the beginning with SLAYER and MEGADETH and METALLICA and EXODUS . So he's original, an original ganster, O.G. So it's funny… To call it fresh, it's kind of like looking back on Jeff [Hanneman, late SLAYER guitarist] and saying that it was old, and it wasn't. This is just a new… It's a new lineup. It's obvious. But I guess the best to put it is it's a pleasure playing with him."

SLAYER's new album, "Repentless", was released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band's Tom Araya and Kerry King.


Find more on Slayer
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).