Chris Loomis

GWAR @ The Glasshouse 11/13/2011

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GWAR brought their shock rock performance to the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on Sunday night November 13 . . . There is something to be said that GWAR is even currently touring due to the recent untimely passing of one of their guitar players Corey Smoot (Flattus Maximus). The band stated that the best way to grieve the loss was to keep touring and stay on the road rather than going home and crawling up in bed –  GWAR is dedicating all shows on this tour to Corey and making each night a celebration in memory of Flattus Maximus. The band also stated that the Flattus Maximus character has been retired forever in honor of Corey. Joining GWAR on The Return of the World Maggot  tour are retro-thrash masters Warbeast and hardcore veterans Every Time I Die.

Both ETID and  Warbeast put on an extremely energetic set with the crowd thrashing and crowd surfing enthusiastically – a GREAT way to pump up all in attendance for the mighty GWAR. After a few Black Sabbath tunes cranked through the small venue, the lights went down and the space aliens known as GWAR took the stage. The night started with a decapitation and fake blood squirting out over the crowd splattering the fans, most of who were wearing white shirts – a standard practice at a GWAR show. Not to be overshadowed with the over-the-top stage performance is GWAR’s music. Their latest album Bloody Pit of Horror released in 2010 has some of the best music of their over 25 year career. All the expected GWAR antics were part of this show, highlights included the song “Jagermonsta” where the Jagermonsta character came onstage and Oderus Urungus battled the monster along with the slaves until they ripped his head off and blood sparyed the crowd from the neck of the now beheaded Jagermonsta. The lampooning of Snooki from Jersey Shore was also a fan favorite. Snooki with her big hair was brought out onstage and Oderus proceeded to rip her face off and pull her body apart while blood squirted and gushed out over the crowd. The song Maggots had a larger than life maggot come out on stage and several females were sacrificed and thrown into the mouth of the maggot and then the maggot was slaughtered and – you guessed it – blood shooting out over the crowd.

The stage seemed a bit empty on one side where Flattus Maximus usually played -next to bass player Beefcake the Mighty. Many times throughout the set Oderus made reference to Flattus Maximus and at one point looked up to the heavens and yelled “Flattus, why did you have to go back to outer space and leave us without our permission”. The band put on a very entertaining 90 minute set that featured lots of insane and humorous props and “mini-plays” as well as some really great music. Overall a fantastic show and I commend all the members of GWAR for continuing their tour despite their loss. RIP Corey Smoot!!!

GWAR Setlist:
Zombies, March!
A Gathering Of Ghouls
Storm Is Coming
Eighth Lock
Crack In The Egg
Bring Back The Bomb
Immortal Corruptor
KZ Necromancer
Hail, Genocide!
Metal Metal Land
Let Us Slay
Damnation Under God
The Uberklaw
Ham On The Bone
The Salaminizer
Sick Of You


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