The band would tour relentlessly through the rest of the decade, releasing such classic albums as Crossover, Four of a Kind and Thrash Zone. While the line-up would change, Brecht and Cassidy have remained constants. While their recorded output would slow during the ’90s, D.R.I. continued their dogged road work, supporting punk and metal bands alike and remaining a favorite on the European summer festival circuit. In 2006, Cassidy was diagnosed with colon cancer, but even that battle hasn’t kept the band from touring while raising much-needed funds to cover the guitarist’s medical bills.
Last year, the group issued it’s first new studio recording in over two decades. The But Wait…There’s More! EP featured three new songs along with re-recorded versions of the classic D.R.I. tunes “Mad Man” and “Couch Slouch” for punk label Beer City Records. The current line-up of the band that includes longtime bassist Harald Oimoen and current drummer Walter “Monsta” Ryan (formerly with Bay Area thrashers Machine Head and Possessed) returns to its San Francisco stomping grounds for this headlining show at Slim’s Saturday night.
D.R.I. is joined by Bay Area groove-metal outfit Skinlab (who reunited last year to perform its debut album Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded in its entirety at a number of shows), Vallejo-based thrashers Infex and opening SF crossover act War Bison. - Dave Pehling / CBS