Former EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza has quit DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP), the band in which he shared lead-vocal duties with TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy.
Commented Souza: "I usually keep myself very quiet and reserved; I don't spill what's going on with me outside of music, [because] it's nobody's business! If you know of me, you know what I do, and what I am.
"This subject has to do with the way people act in my circle.
"At my DUBLIN DEATH PATROL show [on Saturday, September 18], while I was on stage giving all of our DUBLIN DEATH PATROL fans the show of their life, a typical Dublin idiot doesn't know how to act and creates a silent problem for me and someone I love.
"I don't air my dirty laundry to anybody, but this is fucking bullshit.
"My girlfriend and for you fans who know her, Vickie, was disrespected again for the fourth DUBLIN DEATH PATROL show in a row by someone who's trying to make my life and her life difficult, for whatever reason.
"So this is what I have to say… You have been successful; what you are trying to achieve finally worked.
"It's been an ongoing thing. Those involved know who the parties are. For these reasons, I have decided to leave DUBLIN DEATH PATROL. It was supposed to be a fun thing with all my bros and my so-called friends.
"The whole 'DDP for life' thing is the biggest oxymoron I've ever seen. There's more senseless unnecessary drama from that camp than any of my bands put together.
"If you thought you were being smart, you just fucked yourself and everybody else! This is a final decision. I kind of expected it and told myself beforehand if [it] happened yet one more time, you can fucking count me out. So guess what? Count me out! I am done! Fini! No mas! Fed fucking up!
"Those who know about this know who to go to; blame them, not me.
"You think you're going to treat me or any of my people like shit, guess what… FUCK YOU! So when this filters through, because it will, remember my decision is final and can't be swayed.
"For the six other guys that this started with, it's nothing personal to them, but I think that everyone was aware of what was going on, so nobody can act innocent. It was brought on by itself and I just ended it.
"I hope you enjoyed me up there Saturday night and got a good visual, because that's the last time ever. Goodbye!"
Video footage of DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's June 26, 2010 performance at Soundwave Studios in Oakland, California can be viewed below.
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."
For more information, visit www.dublindeathpatrol.com.