Former Exodus Frontman Rob Dukes Says He Is About 90% Recovered After Contracting COVID-19

Former Exodus frontman Rob Dukes has revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, he said he is about 90% recovered.

Dukes said the following on the “Talking Metal” podcast:

“I pretty much ended up in the hospital, but only for 12 hours. And then I got quarantined for two weeks at home and was on steroids and a bunch of different other drugs to try to keep me from getting pneumonia. So that’s what I did. I stayed home for a couple of weeks. I had really bad bronchitis. I was coughing so much that it hurt my chest and my throat was all tore up — I was coughing blood. I couldn’t sleep — achy, feverish for the first week. And then I just kept drinking a ton of fucking water — that’s kind of what I did; I was drinking a ton of water. And it was really hard to eat. But then, as soon as I got better, I fucking went on a fucking tear. I probably put on 10 pounds since then. [Laughs]”

“At one point, I was in the shower, and I had to go lay down. I was, like, ‘All right. I’m done.’ I took a cold shower to try to cool my body off, and then I just went and lay in bed. And then another time, I was laying on a couch… I had my wireless headset thing in the car. And I was, like, ‘Oh, let me go grab that.’ And I just walked to my car, which is probably 50 feet. And by the time I got to my car and got back, I had to go lay down for an hour, ’cause I was just so exhausted. It was brutal, man.”

“What this COVID-19 does is it gets in your lungs, and it basically suffocates people to death. It must be a miserable way to die. ‘Cause not being able to take a full breath and being out of breath just walking 20 feet, or 30 feet, was fucking brutal.”

“I’ve been sick a bunch of times, man. This was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. It was completely debilitating.”

He also added the following when asked how he thinks he got the virus:

“I went to see OVERKILL on Sunday, March [1st], and by March 5th, I was a fucking mess. I saw OVERKILL; I went to see Bobby [‘Blitz’ Ellsworth, OVERKILL singer] and hung out with Bobby. I hung out, watched the crowd. At that time, there was nothing — it was this vague thing on the news; no one was really talking about it at all — enough to make me even contemplate, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t go to a concert.’ I didn’t even think of it twice. So I went. And Bobby actually had a cold. We just hung out for a while, and I went and saw the show… And then, by Wednesday, I didn’t feel good. And Thursday at work, I was just fucked. And by Thursday afternoon, I was, like, ‘I’ve gotta go home.’ I went home, and on Saturday, I went to see my doctor. And he said, ‘Yeah, you’ve got bronchitis. You’ve got an upper respiratory infection. And you should take this.’ And he gave me a drug to take. And he said, ‘If you’re not better by Tuesday, give me a call back.’ And when I called him back, he said, ‘Go to the hospital.’ So I ended up in the hospital that night. And I was there for 12 hours.’

Dukes went on to say he is still “not a hundred percent” recovered:

“I’m probably ninety percent. I still have headaches every day — I get a headache if I strain myself.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Rob Dukes (Ex-Exodus) Releases Solo EP

Rob Dukes (ex-Exodus) has released a new solo EP. That effort features Dukes along with Jon “Jonny Rod” Ciorciari (JRod Productions), Scott Reeder (Kyuss, etc.), and Craig Cefola (Wheelhouse Junction).

Track listing:

01. “My Whole Life” (feat. Mikey Doling)
02. “Hate Me” (feat. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels)
03. “All Lies”
04. “Disaster”