OK, CU, I know it isn’t quite Halloween yet, but you might just have to bust out a mask early. GWAR is going to be performing at the Canopy Club Oct. 22. If you have made it out to the self-proclaimed Antarctican metal group’s shows before, you could be doing one of two things right now: getting totally psyched and picking out a costume to blend in with the crowd or fearing for your very life.
GWAR is a thrash-metal band that has been putting on ridiculously theatrical and bizarre rock shows for more than 20 years. The band has a crazy background story that “explains” the ideas their shows are based around. The creatures that the band members dress as are from another planet where walking around with inappropriate body parts exposed and using raunchy language is a way of life. Lyrics in their songs may seem a little too adventurous for music that is exposed to the public, but it’s all in good fun. The lyrics are only a part of the group’s indecency. The group’s current members go by the names of Oderus Urungus, Beefcake the Mighty, Flattus Maximus, Balsac the Jaws of Death and Jizmak Da Gusha. Now these aren’t just any old costumes. The costumes are really out there, from horns on their heads to other items on their *ahem* lower half. But there is a good portion of their skin that is left uncovered. Don’t worry; there is a pretty decent chance that you won’t be able to see much by the end of the show anyway as you might be sprayed with blood or other unknown fluids throughout the show.
Throughout their performance, various celebrities or political figures become victims of GWAR’s hell-raising antics, and “slaves” are brought onstage who are forced to perform with them. It sounds crazy on paper, but it will be even more bizarre live. If you want to find out how all of these crazy concepts go together, I advise you to check out the GWAR show Oct. 22, or visit www.gwar.net to find out more info and tour dates.

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