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Published on December 23rd, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Testament’s Chuck Billy On His “The Chief” Line Via Lord Vaper Pens, Touring With Slayer & More

In early 2015, iconic Testament vocalist Chuck Billy introduced his Signature Herbal Vaporizer pen, “The Chief,” through the Alameda, California-based Lord Vaper Pens. In a time when most herbal smoking products and accessories were being marketed towards urban and hip-hop audiences, Billy wanted to release a pen that hard rockers and metalheads alike could call their own. Last year Chuck Billy and Lord Vaper Pens unveiled two expanded, collaborative collections, “The Chief” Signature Series — which includes a pipe (“Tomahawk”), an Oil Cartridge Battery (“Dream Catcher”) and a 2-in-1 Vaporizer (“War Drum”) — and the music-themed “The Chief of Thrash!” merchandise line.

Late last year I had the pleasure of speaking with Chuck Billy about “The Chief” and plenty more by phone. While this interview was slated to run on an episode of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast, a number of obstacles routinely got in the way with other interviews needing to run first. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to write The Chief on several occasions for The Hype Magazine between then and now, including my feature on Jonny Z, a 2018 gift guide and a 2019 gift guide.

Chuck Billy had a busy 2019 with Testament, and 2020 looks to be just as busy with Testament taking part in the Bay Strikes Back Tour. Tour dates and more related to Billy and crew can be found online at www.testamentlegions.com, while more on “The Chief” line is at www.lordvaperpens.com.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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