"I'd like to try not to cry," Todd Holden said before a video camera, while up on Metro's stage. "There's not a day that goes by that I don't wake up and I think of Sam," he continued, then reluctantly partook of what he called a "sacrament"—a pull from a bottle of Maker's Mark—and declared, "I can't stand this stuff, but when I drank it with Sam, it tasted like . . . ambrosia." He started to step away from the mic, but then came back: "One last thing," he said, producing a clear plastic sandwich bag that at first appeared to contain weed, but the confusion was quickly erased when he explained, "these are some of Sammy's ashes." He held the bag upside down and shook it, emptying its crumbly gray contents onto the stage.