vengeance incorporated history 1.0
history 1.0 : vengeance begins
Vengeance was the name Guy (lead guitar, vocals), Mendel Schenck (bass) and Herb (drums, later bass) came up with for a band just before they were to play a keg party NYE ’81. In desperation, Herb and Guy started looking through Guy’s LP collection at song names for inspiration. Herb suggested an idea from the Thin Lizzy song “King’s Vengeance” from the LP Fighting.
“Our set included Sabbath’s Children of the Grave and Die Young, UFO’s Doctor, Doctor, AC/DC’s Whole Lotta Rosie, Deep Purple’s Lady Double Dealer and Burn and Ozzy’s Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley, Rainbow’s Kill the King. I was a huge Randy fan in those days. We had a singer named Joe Potts, who didn’t show for the gig, so we played some of them instrumental, and I hacked my way through singing the rest. My guitar was chronically out of tune the entire set. The people at the party thought we were gods.”
Carl Bennett joined as vocalist and the band played keg and living room parties around Brandon and Tampa. These photos are from one of these parties, note Guy’s stylish Dashiki and Mendel’s tuck & roll metalflake white tuck & roll Kustom bass amp.
Herb’s brother Henry is fighting for the mic to sing on Doctor Doctor.
The last pic is Guy and his girlfriend Liz “Eli” O’Brien, who ran sound and did artwork for the band. She painted the big dragon backdrop and designed the lettering for Vengeance, based on the font from Rainbow’s Rising LP.
Guy bought his first B.C. Rich, a mahogany Mockingbird, followed by a mahogany Rich Bich, as well as his first Marshall amp.
The songlists of that era included Ozzy, Klaatu, Black Sabbath, Riot, Queen, AC/DC, Priest, Rainbow, Gillan, Deep Purple, Scorpions and Def Leppard.
The first group of mp3s are songs from the first Vengeance gig NYE ’81, withGuyon guitar, Herb on drums and Mendel on bass. The second group is from a party at a guy named Robert’s house, with Herb on bass, Guy on guitar, Carl on vocals and Guy’s brother Mitch on drums.Mike first saw the band at this gig and talked to the guys after the party about joining, and Vengeance became a 5 piece not long after that.
Heaven and Hell features a nice drum solo by Mitch.