D.R.I. were a huge influence on me as a teenage metalhead, and really helped to push me in the direction of punk and hardcore. Discovering Dealing With It around 1986 was a definite game changer, and seeing the band live on the Thrash Zone tour in early in 1990 helped to seal the deal. That was the first time that I had been to a show where there was no barrier...it was just the band with the kids right there in their face, and it blew my mind when the singer was sticking the microphone into the crowd to sing along. People were stage diving like crazy and to be there in the middle of it completely changed my perspective on what a live show could be like. This was the real deal.
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