Despite the tragedy that overshadowed the band with the recent loss of their guitar player Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, the space warriors of GWAR have chosen to continue their ‘Return of the World Maggot tour 2011‘. Last Monday, it was Tempe’s Marquee Theater that got covered in blood and vomit. We arrived at the venue around 7:30 pm, right on time to get our places and get ready for the upcoming bloodbath. One of the first things we realized upon walking in was that everyone was wearing plain white t-shirts. That’s just a bit of a change from your standard metal show apparel. We’d heard crazy stories about GWAR‘s live show, but it became starkly obvious then how different of a show it would be. With support coming from Warbeast and Every Time I Die, the night was certain to be a good one.
The band in charge to open the show was Warbeast, formerly known as Texas Metal Alliance. Their new album Krush Them All was produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down). The band played a really good combination of old and new thrash metal. After their blasting set, we had the chance to talk with Bruce Corbett frontman of Warbeast about the band, their relationship with Housecore Records and Phil Anselmo
Every Time I Die
Not too many bands could step up the challenge of opening for such a legendary stage presence, and ETID did well. They played a mix of tunes mainly from their early albums. Stephen Mecciche played bass in place of Josh Newton, who recently left the band to have more down time. Mecciche previously recorded with the band for the album Hot Damn!.
You know it’s gonna be a good show when the techs cover all the gear with trash bags to prevent them from getting wet. GWAR set opened with War Pigs by Black Sabbath which was sung euphorically by every single soul on the room. Then, the cyber lords appeared and the concert/bloodbath began. The scenes of decapitation and sword fights in the middle of the stage were the perfect excuse to shower the public with blood. The crowd keep asking for more and more with each song. No one was safe from the filth that these extraterrestrial beasts spewed out at the crowd.
It was impossible to stand anywhere in Marquee without getting soaked in ‘blood’. GWAR killed several different characters on stage from their own lore, and at one point eviscerated an obese caricature of Snookie. Oderus Urungus also dedicated the show to Flattus Maximus. Indeed it was a blood fest, but it was the best tribute that the band and the crowd could given to Maximus. The show ended with Cory’s guitar alone on stage with My Way by Frank Sinatra playing on the speakers of Marquee, indeed a beautiful way to remember him.