Tag Archives: Gwar

21
Dec

Gwar are pissed at Europe

Following from yesterday’s news that Gwar have cancelled their European tour due to poor ticket sales, frontman Oderus Urungus has gone on a fairly large rant about Europe, their promoters and the state of metal over there.

Maybe it’s just that European metal fans have taste? Ever thought about that Odious Uterus?

Check out a screenshot of the rants below, courtesy of Metal Hammer.


20
Dec

Gwar are honest about their canceled tour

Gwar recently canceled their European tour. You’d think it was because they wanted to mourn the loss of their guitarist. Nope, that wouldn’t stop them. Instead it was the poor sales.

Hey, at least they’re honest about it. Other bands would have said ‘the timing wasn’t right.’

Several of the promoters were alarmed by the low ticket sales, and they decided to start pulling the plug on shows. It got to the point where we had lost so many shows that we simply could not afford to do the tour.

Read full post here.

Listen, I’m no Gwar fan, but I’m very disappointed to hear bands canceling tours left and right because of poor sales. Where is the music industry going? Why is Lady Gaga (uglier than GWAR’s costumes) selling out arenas whilst metal bands have to cancel their tours?

Shit ain’t right.


6
Dec

The results to the autopsy are in…

Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot passed away last month. The cause of death was finally uncovered, in case you wanted gritty details about his passing. Here’s what some doctor said:

We have finalized the autopsy report and death certificate. I have determined that Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.

Read full article here.

Oh, so it was just a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his coronary artery disease? Oh, okay. Therefore it’s okay for Gwar to just go on and tour… [/shitty sarcasm]

At least the band set up a foundation for Cory’s wife and her son. You can visit it here, and maybe you can make a donation too.


5
Nov

GWAR gwo on as if nothing happened

GWAR lost a band member, but let’s not get that in the way of touring… I mean, careers first, right?

Let’s see what GWAR‘s frontmonster has to say about this:

As the singer of GWAR and one of his best friends, I feel it is my duty to try and answer some of the questions that surround his tragic and untimely death. I know the sense of loss and pain is far greater in scope than in the insulated environment of a band on tour, and I will do my best to provide what clarity and comfort I can.

Singer, eh? Someone’s a bit full of himself… Anyway, moving on:

As we work our way through these difficult days the question is — what will GWAR do? After a lot of consideration, we have decided to carry on with the tour. Although the great temptation would be to return home, curl into a fetal position, and mourn, we can’t do that. First off, Cory wouldn’t want that. He would want us to go on and would be pissed if we didn’t. Plus we know the fans don’t want us to quit. They are going to want a chance to come to grips with their loss, and there is no better place to do that than at a GWAR show. Though it’s hard to believe, I think we all would feel a lot worse if we stopped.”

Read full article here.

Okay, here’s what I think. I think this is strictly a business decision, and this guy is trying to cover it up. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think a band should just stop because of a tragedy like this, and I do agree that almost no musician who passed away would ever want for his life’s work to just stop because of him. So I understand that bands need to go on.

But something about just continuing with a tour in times like these just doesn’t sit well with me. Not that I think canceled dates are a good idea, since a lot of fans might be annoyed, but I don’t know, take a few months off, pay your respect, bury him, then go on.

Not trying to be an asshole about it, but it feels like they said ‘What’s done is done, let’s just keep getting paid!’

I am in no way trying to say that the members of GWAR are not feeling sad or anything, I’m actually pretty sure this is probably not their decision. But the whole thing reeks of disrespect to me, so I won’t buy their excuses.

People used to laugh at Slipknot for taking so long to ‘move on,’ but they look pretty good right about now.


4
Nov

GWAR guitar player dies


If you’re a fan of GWAR, then chances are you’ve  already heard that guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead yesterday.

“It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred.

“At this point, there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR‘s current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long-term plans.

“At this point, we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today.

“We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so. In the meantime, please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him.”

Source: Blabbermouth

Now I’m not going to  pretend I was a big  GWAR fan like some would after an artist dies, but I did witness a GWAR show six years ago and it was fantastic.  When seeing  GWAR live , you get an awesome stage show,  slime/fake blood covered on you if you’re in the first few rows, fake weapons involved, violence, and a lot more that I can’t remember because I have bad memory.  Actually, I’m pretty sure I saw some boobies as well.  They just have so much crazy stuff going on.  It’s very entertaining for anyone to see live.

We at Dose Of Metal give our condolences to the family of Cory Smoot and to everyone in GWAR.


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