Machine Head Frontman Cries Every Day Since Firing Bassist

Rob Flynn says he's been an emotional wreck since firing bassist Adam Duce after 21 years with the band, but felt there was no other way forward.

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Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn says he's been in tears since firing bassist Adam Duce.

Duce had been with the band for 21 years, but after losing his drive in recent years, Flynn felt he had no other choice.

"Adam hasn't been happy in this band for a long time. But how do you leave? To a guy like Adam everything is either winning or losing. While that sounds great for a TV show or an interview, life just isnt like that," wrote Flynn in a blog post (via ClassicRock).

"Truth be told, he was sick of it: sick of touring, recording, practising, looking at album artwork, sick of being on a team but never getting the ball. Sick of never quite hitting the big-time, sick of caring. I don't blame him but he just wouldn't quit."

That doesn't mean firing his friend was easy. "I've cried every day since I've been an emotional wreck. I was sick the day we announced it, walking around about to vomit for two hours," Flynn said. "I'm not going to tell you everything is going to be alright. It sucks. It sucks for everyone who tried to save this."

They met last week for the first time since Duce's departure, which Flynn describes as "civil."

Do you wish Machine Head would continue with their old bassist, or is it the best way forward for the band? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    May be Duce should give Dave Lombardo a call.
    I think Adam Duce, Dave Lombardo, Rob Caggiano & Howard Jones would make an excellent modern metal band.
    Especially if his cry sounds like this...
    That was fantastic!! The evil genius that thought of Slayer when he heard that man cry is out of his mind!!!
    Glass Prisoner
    - Editted; because I totally read that wrong and my smart ass reply made me sound like a total jackass.
    ... the idea of fired bandmates forming their own bands sounds kinda cool...
    Wasn't that done a few years ago with guys who used to be in KISS and Motley Crue? (I'm too lazy to look it up right now.)
    you could have two bands consisting only of people fired from Kiss if some of the guitarists would agree to play the bass that is.
    Bring in Caggiano too. That'd be sick. Edit - Posted that before I read Reddaz's comment. I should really start reading more.
    Don't worry dude, most UGers don't read the article let alone a comment they're replying to.
    Dr. Knox666
    It's really a sad thing they had to fire him but when it doesn't work anymore, what other choice do they have?
    I will go ahead & put this out there - MH are my favorite band. With that being said, to bash Robb for being honest & heartfelt is just childish and immature. Robb puts his heart & soul into MH and that's so obvious; if someone doesn't have the same passion sometimes it's best they move on. As much as I love & will miss the Duce, MH is a force and will not miss a beat.
    Machine Head should get Newsted to replace. Just throwing that out there.
    Every band should get Newsted to do something with them. He's a ****ing beast.
    -- Atleast he loved this video, and hopefully it will continue to cheer him up!
    This is (IMO) one of the greatest interpretations of a metal song to a metal piano song that I have ever heard. After researching a little bit it's pretty cool that Robb Flynn actually tweeted the video (Machine Head's official Facebook shared it as well) and Phil Demmel is the first comment you see on the video! This chick is going to bring on a storm of awesome...I can feel it!
    VK is a money driven *****.....TRUTH -- This Sara girl plays from her heart and soul, and nothing beats that.
    It always sucks when you have to say goodbye to a friend, especially when it's a friend that's been with you through this much. But I'm sure that they'll stay in touch, and who knows where life will take them.
    I still cant believe it too, its like one of the ninja turtles leaving the group, sad
    Their last 2 albums were phenomenal. If he still isn't into it by now, let him look back on his career that ended in the highest note possible. M f'n H.
    Really, couldn't have worded the title something that doesn't sound like you're insulting the guy?
    I can understand Adam feeling trapped and obligated as a member of the band, seeing as he's one of two founding members and they're at the peak of their career. Robb firing him was probably for the best on either side and it was probably necessary because Adam wouldn't leave on his own accord.
    There's nothing to argue about if he was sick of being in the band. I mean, that's it, if he doesen't want to play anymore, he quits or gets fired, that's understandable. Now they have to decide wether to look for new bass player or not, and I really hope they do since they're an awesome band.
    If he wasn't enjoying it anymore, why couldn't they sit down and agree on an amicable split? If someone isn't enjoying it anymore, then it's fair enough that he fired him. Get someone who is enjoying it. I couldn't imagine enjoying my job for 21 years.
    The split was amicable. There's nothing about bad blood in any of the articles about this.
    'Robb Flynn says he's been in tears since firing bassist Adam Duce' Wooooo! Metal YEAH!!!!
    I really hope that they can work their problems out so that Adam may be given a chance to feel comfortable in the band... would be really sad if their relationship has to end like this.
    Agent 00Awesome
    I've really only gotten into The Blackening and Unto the Locust. Do any fans out there have another recommendation by them? On a related note, I can sympathize how he feels. After spending 21 years in a band together, they were probably more like family than friends. It must be tough to have to fire a brother like that.
    their first album Burn My Eyes is excellent, and also Through The Ashes of Empires is one of my favourite records by them
    Agent 00Awesome
    Thanks guys! I'll avoid the Nu Metal albums for now. I'm not a big fan of that. But I'll definitely check out their thrashier albums.
    I would suggest listening to Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change first, and then Through the Ashes of Empires so you can recognize the transition into the sound and style of The Blackening and Unto the Locust. In case you want to check out their nu metal material, you might want to save those albums for last, they were basically a short detour that doesn't represent the band very well in my opinion. Everybody's got their own taste, though.
    Now they don't even have to bother with mixing out the bass, like they've done with every album before. You will be missed, bass player who played bass in a band whose music had virtually no audible bass.
    Are you ****ing high? Go listen to any song on The Blackening, Halo in particular, and tell me there's no audible bass. Jackass.
    Aint that thrash? I never knew Metallica had a bassist until the bass solo.
    Sucks. I was really hoping to hear some new material from them in 2013, but sounds like they got a lot of stuff to work out first...
    Sounds like a shitty situation! That's one of the downsides with being friends with band mates. You gotta do what you gotta do though.
    In other news, Machine head frontman announces he has a vagina. But yeah - always hard to say bye to a friend :'(
    Grow a pair you massive girl.
    ^ What the hell?
    Crying, is he in 1D or something?
    His tears are manlier than you.
    Robb has been coming out in the open with his feelings a lot lately. He finally spoke out in public about being molested by a neighbor at age 5, crying over his bassist, being in 3 foster homes by 6 months of life and now crying daily. I have empathy for him but with speculations that they may return to shorter songs and being open about emotions it makes me wonder if the rest of the metal community will ridicule them. I hope he isn't committing career suicide because they are my favorite band.
    Ya know, I'm not a fan of Machine Head in the slightest, but it saddens me that metal music is infested with so many pseudo-macho-man douchebags who think one should not be allowed to let his feelings out or in any case, be a regular person. It's like there's something wrong with missing people, having regular feelings, etc etc. Jeez, before being musicians, they're human beings.
    Musicians are emotional. There's no music without emotion, specially in instrumental music.
    "pseudo-macho-man douchebags " What, you mean like the type of guys who generally listen to the try-hard tuff-guy music that bands like Pantera and Machine Head have been shitting out since the 90s? These are the bands responsible for the infestation of those kind of douchebags.
    How the hell are the bands automatically responsible for the idiot fans who happen to be listening to their music? You're a massive douche.
    It's a band member he sacked. He's not dead, he just doesn't work with him anymore and that was from a choice he made to sack him. ... so he cries about it? DUH!
    Meh. Other than the above-average "Blackening", they are an also-ran.
    What a bunch of posers! Death to overground nu metal pansies!
    Some of the band members were on a seminal thrash metal band called Vio-Lence. Yeah, real posers..... Get the **** out with this stupidity.
    And yet they haven't made music that lives up to the quality of Eternal Nightmare, ever since they formed Machine Head and decided to jump on the Groove Metal trend. Then the Nu-Metal trend. Then the Metalcore trend. I wouldn't be surprised if the entire reason Rob Flynn was in Vio-Lence was just so he could get on the Thrash wave while it was still going.
    We all need work. If he was doing his job happy or not and didnt want to leave he shouldnt have been fired! A part of me suspects this article is misleading.
    In other breaking news the DeLeo brothers (STP) have fired Scott Weiland again for like the 37th time.....and no one is crying.....
    Because Scott is a douche who no one in that band will miss, ever.
    I thought from the past article that the bassist quit the band? not actually fired from it
    That does really suck that he had to let Adam go. I did seem kind of needed if he hated it but wouldn't quit. That's probably all the guy knows, it's a big part of his life. I've never been in a band but I understand the brotherhood that comes with it. It's not just like firing somebody, it's like telling your brother you spent the better part of your life running all over the world with to go home and find something else. It's got to suck.
    i thought ADAM QUIT. sigh... i wish it would all work out. it's good to read what Robb has to say though. Adam did say however, that he didn't get to have much of his material on Unto The Locust...
    He kinda did decide to quit albeit in an extremely passive manner, if he really wanted to be in the band he could have worked it out.