For more than a quarter-century, GWAR has tirelessly toured its notoriously over-the-top horror-schlock stage show and shock-humor metal. They've amassed 13 studio recordings, two live albums, more than 20 videos and two Grammy nominations. So, calling GWAR a veteran band seems a major understatement.
But this tour—or this half of it, anyway—is different. On Nov. 3, barely three weeks ago, GWAR's 34-year-old lead guitarist, Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus, died of unknown causes en route from a gig in Minneapolis to another in Canada. It wasn't long before the grieving band returned to the road, its de facto home for many years. Shows since Smoot's death have reportedly been heartfelt tributes to the guitarist. Frontman Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) leads chants of Smoot's name, his image cast and his solos played on film on a screen. The show goes on in tribute to support Smoot's wife and unborn child by raising awareness of the newly created Smoot Family Foundation. Every Time I Die and Warbeast open at 8:30 p.m. —Bryan C. Reed