"Tama was my first love. It was the drum set that kicked off my career. I mean, if you look at [Slayer's debut album] 'Show No Mercy' from 1983, I was using a Tama kit. My dad bought me my drum set in 1979. I was 15 years old. I had this Tama-Paiste cymbal setup and I fell in love with it. And I used it all throughout until 2009 or 2010, and then I left Tama for a few years. And now I'm back. It just feels right. And I'm happy that the representatives, the artist represtantives, at the company, the same ones, are still there."
The announcement of Dave's return to Tama, was made on his 50th birthday. Dave previously stated how Tama was the number one brand when he was growing up:
"I always saw Tama… on TV, on videos, on the back of albums in stores. So that name stuck with me. I went to Guitar Center when I saw a set of Tama drums, and was, like, 'Wow, this is what I want.' And then when I got the drums home, and it was just a great drum set. I loved the craftsmanship."
Watch the full interview with Dave Lombardo below:
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