Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has taken to the webernets, defending the way the band just fired its former lead singer, Rob Dukes, but he won’t be getting into specifics, he said.
He claims “much time” was spent considering the move before the band pulled the trigger, bringing back Dukes’ predecessor, Steve “Zetro” Souza.
Holt denies Dukes’ claims he was fired in a 20-second phone call.
“There were the calls to Rob preceding this, [so] how long should the final call be?,” asks Holt. “20 seconds was not all this involved.
“[While I was] in Europe [with Slayer, I] pretty much got the rundown on everything as we went through this,” says Holt.
He added: “Much time was spent on this.”
Holt further dismissed internet speculation the split was financially motivated, or that Zetro’s return was masterminded by Exodus’ new co-manager, Testament vocalist Chuck Billy.
“It isn’t for the money [and] Chuck did not orchestrate this,” Holt said. “There were issues behind the scenes and we came to a conclusion.”
So, why did they get rid of Rob? The world shall never know.
“All will remain internal, I see no need to air the laundry for anyone,” says Holt.
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