I’m really glad one of the last things I did before Election Day was go see GWAR. This is a band, after all, that “heartily cried for the destruction” of all candidates earlier this year, and who bookended their set at the Hollywood House of Blues by bloodily decapitating stand-ins for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Deep in the throes of election fatigue as I was, it was a pretty cathartic way to spend the first Sunday in November.
I can’t really tell you much else about my first GWAR experience that the photos don’t say for me. (Jake, sadly, couldn’t make it, but he did loan me his vintage ’80s GWAR T-shirt so I wouldn’t get stomped in the mosh pit.) I’ll just note that in addition to Romney and Obama, Oderus and co. also dismembered Hitler, Jesus and Super Cyborg Jesus (that’s SCJ in the photo above, pre-dismemberment), and for their encore, they fed about a dozen lucky fans into a giant meat grinder. You know, family entertainment.
I’ll also note that, as a GWAR newb, I was not fully prepared for just how much fake blood (and fake green god-monster jizz, spurted from Oderus’ enormous god-monster phallus) they hose down their audience with. By the end of the show, the stuff was practically ankle-deep on the floor. I probably should gotten close enough to get doused—GWAR rite of passage and all—but I pussed out because, frankly, they mostly sprayed the mosh pit and I would not have lasted five seconds in that seething mass of flailing elbows and sweaty crowd-surfers. I’m old and I’m pretty sure my crappy insurance would consider “attends metal shows” to be a pre-existing condition.
Anyway, a rowdy, sacrilegious good time was had by one and all—especially when they dismembered Jesus. And man, they dismembered the shit out of him. Even Hitler gets off easier at a GWAR concert than poor old J.C.
Oh, also: After playing it as a joke for The Onion A.V. Club, they have actually added Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son” to their set list. Which was nearly as awesome as Super Cyborg Jesus.
GWAR’s remaining tour dates after the pics. If you’ve never seen them live, for fuck’s sake go. They are truly a bucket list band. And be sure you get in the fake-blood line of fire. I’m already kicking myself for missing that part. Though not as hard as I would’ve gotten kicked in that mosh pit.
GWAR’s remaining 2012 tour dates:
11/8: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/9: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/10: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/11: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/12: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
11/14: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
11/15: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/16: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre
11/17: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Center
11/18: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/19: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/20: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/23: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/24: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/26: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
12/20: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/21: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa