House of Blues, Sunset
Nov. 12, 2011
A piece of sad news threatened to cast a pall over last night's GWAR concert. The band's guitarist died on November 3 during their current tour; the cause of death is not yet known, but by all accounts Cory Smoot -- aka "Flattus Maximus" -- was a healthy guy.
What we do know is it's been an emotional 10 days for his bandmates continuing on with tour. If their House of Blues performance last night was any indication, they are channeling the pain by being louder, lewder, and more liquid-drenched than ever.
Even if you're not familiar with their ferocious music, you know GWAR. The group's elaborate science fiction costumes, insane props and penchant for splattering their audiences with fake alien blood, pee and ejaculate have put them on par with theatrical metalers like Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson.
Though we'd always found their videos a ton of fun, we'd never seen them live, and came to House of Blues a bit unprepared. For one, all the photographers we joined in the photo pit had plastic covering their cameras. Some of the security guards wore plastic rain ponchos. Then we noticed all the eager-looking fans in white t-shirts. Dread started to overcome us... just how wet might we get?