He was notified as he was on his honeymoon that the band would be moving on without him, despite the work they had already been doing on a new disc.
“I haven’t spoken with anyone but [drummer] Tom [Hunting]. Tom called me… He called me and said, ‘We’re gonna go on with a different singer. We’re gonna be going with Zet.’ And that was it. It was about a 20-second phone call. And that was really all I got. That’s it,” says Dukes.
While grateful for his years with the band, “I’m not happy with what their decision is, I think it was… I’m just not happy about it, but there’s nothing I can do. It’s their decision, you know, it was their band, and I was just the new guy who came along and filled in. So if that’s the route they wanna go, whatever.”
Rob’s band Generation Kill, he says, is working on new material at the moment.
Of the material Exodus was working on at the time he was fired, Dukes offered:
“The new material was kind of more of a throwback, it had a little bit of a punk-rock tinge. It had just more of a throwback to the Fabulous Disaster kind of era of Exodus, and I went with it. You know what I mean?! That’s really all I’ve got to say. I’ve got nothing bad to say. I don’t want it to come across wrong. Like I said, they have their own plan. I don’t know what it is. I’m not involved in it anymore. They’re moving on without me and I’m moving on without them.”