Toward the end of Metroplex's run, death/speed metal sort of merged with the hardcore scene (though there were definitely hold-outs on both sides) and I can remember seeing several metal bands with punk bands opening. Much to my shame now, I must admit being more devoted to the metal scene as a teenager.
One of the more memorable (no) shows at the 'Plex was the British satanic metal band Venom. Venom were big across the pond; they played places like the Hammersmith Odeon and their stage shows had given them the reputation as the KISS of death metal. If I remember correctly, this was the most expensive Metroplex ticket ever (15 bucks maybe?) and the place was sold way over the fire code.
The show was way late starting (I don't remember the local band's name that opened, but they were damn good), and us headbangers were getting restless. It must have been about midnight when rumors started circulating that Venom's drummer had decided his kit wouldn't even fit on the stage and he was refusing to use the opener's. Finally, an extremely pissed Cornwell announced Venom had went back to their motel and weren't going to play. Someone, maybe Cornwell, let slip the name of the motel. A bunch of us went there and somehow found out their room number; we stood outside screaming "Venom sucks" until their manager, who looked like a Flock of Seagulls reject, came out on the balcony and threatened to call the police. We heckled him mercilessly, but eventually we had to disperse because the motel manager had already called the cops. After that night, those limey poseurs were poison to us. Slayer was more kick-ass anyway.
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