drummer Paul Bostaph
was interviewed on the latest edition of the "Broken Neck Radio"
podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below.
Speaking to Greece's Metal Kaoz
late last month, Bostaph
stated about how it feels playing with SLAYER
again: "It feels phenomenal. It feels really good. It feels like being home… It's kind of like going back and playing with old friends again. I mean, Kerry
, guitar] and I were really close and we still are, and I'm close to Tom
, bass/vocals]. And I know Gary
] from EXODUS
[who is filling in for late SLAYER
guitarist Jeff Hanneman
] — I know Gary
very well. The only bittersweet part of it, obviously, is that Jeff
is not with us anymore. And I was looking forward to that, to playing with him again. But other than that, other than Jeff
passing, it's been really good."
also spoke about his decision in December 2001 to leave SLAYER
and how things are different today. "Well, it's funny… I was different back then," he said. "The way I looked at things was different — right or wrong. And now I've had the time to kind of… Sometimes they say you don't know what you have until it's gone. And I think over the years, just seeing the guys and playing with different bands [since I left SLAYER
], I kind of realized that playing with these guys is that there's a way that they do things that… In terms of… I don't know… It's hard to explain. There's a work ethic that appeals to me within this band. I think there's just a feeling of loving the music. First and foremost, and the primary thing out of everything, I couldn't find a band that could do what this band does. And that's the bottom line, really."
Regarding how different it feels being in SLAYER
said: "It still hasn't completely sunk in yet. There are times when I look over to Jeff
's side of the stage, where he used to be on, and I still miss him. It happened so quickly that… The bottom line is Jeff
's always gonna be here; there's never gonna be a time when I'm not gonna think of Jeff
. That's impossible. Other than him being my friend, even on stage, I had really good chemistry with him… It's gonna be impossible. It's impossible to forget him. I know I never will, and I know everybody in this band won't either. And like I said, it's a bittersweet experience. It's nice to be back in the band, but it's not nice having Jeff
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