Yes, I forgot that I saw Demolition Hammer live.
That may sound strange, especially now that DH is such a revered band with albums that are considered thrash cannon. However, in my defense, I was going to a LOT of shows during that time, and usually there were three or more bands playing per gig. Sometimes things get lost in the shuffle...and I didn't even drink.
This past weekend, my brain had been exposed as the blundering forgetful mass of pudding that I never knew it to be. I was with my friend Kevin, who went to many of those shows with me back in the day, and I mentioned how awesome it was that we saw the band Cancer during their 1992 US tour.
Kevin said, "Yeah I remember that. Demolition Hammer was bad ass."
Everything got quiet. I looked up at Kevin with a quizzical look. He looked back at me. "What?"
"Demolition Hammer?" I asked.
"Yeah," Kevin said. "They opened the show."
"WHAT?" I asked, wide-eyed. I shook my head. "No, no. I'm talking about the Deicide show when Cancer opened."
"Yeah, and Demolition Hammer opened the whole show," said Kevin.
My memory kicked in and my heart sank a little. I suddenly remembered that the line up truly did include Demolition Hammer as the openers. I frantically tried to assemble the events of that night 19 years ago.
I remembered Cancer's set and getting their autograph on my copy of Death Shall Rise.
I remember Deicide's set and my friend Kevin trying to get Benton's autograph after the show. Benton signed ONE dude's CD and then said loudly, "Alright, that's all," and walked away. Kevin stood there, holding out his CD booklet as Benton turned and headed toward his bus. Kevin then said boldly (and angrily), "F*ck this guy!"
So, yes, I remember all that, but for the life of me, I still cannot remember Demolition Hammer.
I pulled out the old ticket stub that I have tucked away inside the Cancer CD booklet. There it is: Demolition Hammer. How can I not freaking remember these guys playing?!
Admittedly, back in '92 they were a new band (to me) and at that concert I had my eyes set to see Cancer. So at the time, the opening band was just in the way of me seeing one of my favorite death metal bands.
Get that? Demolition Hammer was "in the way." As in, "Hurry, whoever you are, so I can see Cancer."
I feel sick now even typing this.
In light of this, I need to dig out my old ticket stubs to see if I have any other brain farts preventing me from remembering killer concerts I've attended way back when.
Yep. I don't remember seeing Epidemic open the Unleashed show I attended back in '93.