GWAR Gives New Orleans A Tour Of The "Bloody Tour Of Horror"
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GWAR is no stranger to New Orleans, they make it here about once a year. Unfortunately one of the opening bands Infenaeon could not make it to this show. They’ve had extremely bad transportation issues throughout this trek across the states and had to miss our town. But I wish them well in the future. Although it wasn’t packed gut-to-butt as usual, there was a great turn-out, and all of the crazy crowd surfers were there.
Former Beefcake Todd Evans began Mobile Death Camp, and he has rejoined the amazing show that is GWAR if only for this tour. The threesome, all from a multitude of bands, poured out the punky thrash in a most violent way. Scott "Cracker" MacEachern punished his drums as Boe Skadeland and Todd riffed away on the bass and guitar, respectively. The mosh had not become violent, but “Feed the Machine” and “Vicious Smile” should have gotten some of those kids going. Well, it was a Tuesday!
The Casualties definitely had their own fanbase come out to support them. mohawked and demin-vested youth wrecked each other to favorites such as “Punks and Skins” and “Tomorrow Belongs to Us.” One bald-headed punk got his skull busted in the pit, and after some medical attention, came out and kept going at it with a noticeable gash in the middle of his cranium. Vocalist Jorge Herrera had a hairstyle exactly like one of the clowns from the movie “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” large red spikes pointing in all directions. Jake Kolatis’ hair style was different yet equally as stunning; a very tall mohawked in electric yellow. Each song oozed classic punk; pure attitude and energy in every song. Even showing their punk colors by doing a cover of the Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
GWAR seemed to be getting back to the basics with this tour. No fancy introductions, not too many unnecessary props, just good old violence and carnage. GWAR killed one of their own fans to start off the show by chopping his head off. GWAR played “Let Us Slay” and “Gor Gor” along with some old favorites from their first albums. GWAR loves the ladies as the two big names on the chopping block were presidential candidate and hard-core Republican Sarah Palin and blonde popstar and fashion diva Lady Gaga. Mrs. Palin took time out from her busy schedule (or was kidnapped and bound) to be tied down to a table and ripped completely in half. You must give Sarah Palin credit because she was a fighter to the end, using her own intestines to strangle Bone Snapper. Miss Gaga, however, was willing to make an appearance and did so in a toilet dress complete with feces that she used somewhat like G.G. Allin. Lady Gaga subsequently was de-breasted. She seemed to enjoy it after a bit and swung them around by the arteries. GWAR played two songs off of their latest album; “Zombies, March (Part 1)” and “Beat You to Death” where Beefcake the Mighty gets a chance to show off his vocal prowess. Don’t worry, this article does not contain all the of the events you will witness at a GWAR show on the Bloody Tour of Horror. You’ll just have to put on a poncho and go see it for yourself.
As always, I suggest that everyone, regardless of musical preference, should see a GWAR show once in their lives. It is quite a spectacle; the blood, the guts, the sexy outfits…Anyway, if GWAR is headed your way, make sure to lock the doors and hide the dogs, they will be ravaging everything in sight.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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