The first real lead singer was our good friend Carl Bennett (after a string of wannabes and just whoever said they could sing, because guitar players in those days just wanted to solo and leave the singing to people who claimed to be lead singers).
He was also a fine musician, a good friend and a geniunely nice person.
Carl passed away in July 2016 after a struggle with cancer. We attended a “tribute” at a local club a few weeks before his death, where Carl attended but didn’t sing any songs.
He looked good, he was in good spirits and I’m sure he enjoyed seeing old friends who came out to sing and play for him. I can barely remember the guy with anything but a big smile on his face. He also had a wicked, dry wit and all his humor was self-deprecating, never at anyone else’s expense.
He was a real singer back when everyone who couldn’t play an instrument claimed to be a singer just to join a band. He was also a great guitarist and song writer who recorded dozens of songs in later years at Vengeance’s egstudios.
Carl was the singer from our living room and backyard party phase to our heyday at the height of Vengeance’s “keg party” days, when thousands of kids, who couldn’t get into bars after the recently passed drinking law, raising the limit from 18 to 21, needed somewhere to go to hang out, listen to music (and drink, get high and meet girls to, um, have fun with).
Finished, finally. All my extraneous shit is in storage, so it’s going to be a while before I can do it, but all the video is VHS > VOB > mpg > flash > youtube format and pretty terrible.
I want to go back to the source, re-digitize, then put it on a local format so I don’t have to go through youtube.
Rescanned about 400 photos, cropped, resized, retouched, watermarked and coded into the site.
I had to move the site to a new server and just finished getting some of the perl scripts working again and other matters and decided to write a few words. I never have gotten around to adding more of the promo material, international magazines and fanzines, as well as a wealth of live performances which exist only in analog audio form.
The main redesign is finished. Added quite a bit of video, but not all the files are uploaded. The process involves converting the DVD I made some years ago from the original VHS to mpeg, edit them into song sized bites, then convert the mpegs to flash, code the flash into the page, then upload it all. To maintain some semblence of quality, the vids are 450×338.