DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza — will perform at Peetfest, a benefit concert set to take place June 24 at the legendary Scum club in Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. Also scheduled to appear are supports acts ETHEREAL and INDULGENCE. Tickets cost 15 euros and can be purchased at the Scum club. All proceeds from the show will go directly to the Dutch Cancer Society.
Peetfest is a celebration of the memory of Peter “Peet” Plug, singer of metalcore band UNBREAKABLE NTC, who lost his battle with cancer last February.
DUBLIN DEATH PATROL‘s debut album, “DDP 4 Life”, was released in 2007 via Godfodder Records.
Billy originally teamed up with fellow Dublin, California ragers Willy Lange (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT), Souza and three of the Billy brothers as well as some other local Dublin boys.
The seeds were planted in or about 1980 with a Bay Area thrash band called RAMPAGE, featuring neighborhood kids from Dublin, California — Chuck Billy, along with his brother Andy Billy, Greg Bustamante, Ernie Boehm and Willy Lange. The guys were about 18 years old and had all known each other since they were about five. They grew up listening to a variety of bands — from LED ZEPPELIN, KISS, AEROSMITH to THE DEAD KENNEDYS and THE SEX PISTOLS — and were influenced by the sounds of the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Souza recalled how the idea to reactivate the ultimate DUBLIN DEATH PATROL came to him: “Originally it was Willy‘s and Chuck Billy‘s idea. The first I heard of getting this project together was at a Raider pre-season game in 2005. Willy was telling me his idea of DDP and getting the old RAMPAGE guys together. But this version would have Chuck and I singing on every song and include different musicians that grew up in Dublin to play on this record. Well, I was right in.”
After six months of writing, arranging and restructuring songs new and old. the guys went in to record the DDP album through strains and pains with Vinnie Wojno. Souza boldly claimed, “This is what we have to give to the metal world, a kick-ass, straight-up aggressive and in-your-fucking-face album of music by guys just from Dublin, California. Represented by members of TESTAMENT, LEGACY, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, LAAZ ROCKIT, TESLA, HEIST and a group of headbanging Dubliners that deserved status. For fans of the Bay Area thrash whom I love and will always, I hope they dig what Chuck and I have done vocally on the DDP project.”