GWAR Set List: The Cutter, The Issue of the Tissue (Spacecake), Bring Back The Bomb, New Dark Age, Mother Fucking Liar, Rise Again, Bored To Death, Saddam a Go-Go, Ratcatcher, Womb With A View, Black and Huge, Venom of the Platypus, Berserker Mode, U Ain’t Shit, None But The Brave, ENCORE: Sick of You, Fuck This Place
Richmond, Virginia based GWAR have been together since 1984 and since the bands formation they have travelled the world many times, soaking audiences in blood, spit, and random fluids - the die hard fans will go into a GWAR show with a starch white shirt and leave with a multi color dyed shirt. GWAR is a performance troupe and their mission is to entertain, shock, rock, and interact with the crowd in a way that few other bands ever have or ever will.
The concept of Gwar came about when two entities collided. Dave Brockie had a band called Death Piggy; Hunter Jackson & Chuck Varga were working on a movie called “Scumdogs of the Universe”. Jackson created props for Brockie’s band to use onstage and Brockie had the idea to use the stuff Jackson had made for the “Scumdogs of the Universe” movie; the two ideas merged and GWAR was created.
Gwar has released 13 studio albums, two live albums, sold over 820,000 records in the USA, and the MTV cartoon Beavis and Butt-Head are responsible for Gwar getting mainstream attention.
In January of 2015 Gwar opened the GWARBAR in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. The Bar features random GWAR memorabilia scattered throughout the building and the band has described it at "A fantasy land of food and beverage, catering to everyone from local punk metal freaks, rock stars, businessmen, celebrity chefs and starving artists.”
Current GWAR line up:
Michael Bishop (Blöthar the Berserker, was the original Beefcake) – lead vocals
Mike Derks (Balsac the Jaws of Death) – rhythm guitar
Brad Roberts (Jizmak Da Gusha) – drums
Matt Maguire (Sawborg Destructo) – co-lead vocals
Brent Purgason (Pustulus Maximus) – lead guitar, backing vocals
Bob Gorman (Bonesnapper) – backing vocals
Don Drakulich (Sleazy P. Martini) – backing vocals
Casey Orr (Beefcake the Mighty) – bass, backing vocals
GWAR are on tour, in support of their 2022 release “The New Dark Ages” which was released on June 3, 2022. The album is a concept record and sync’s up with the novel “GWAR In The Duoverse of Absurdity” in which the band do battle with their evil twins in an alternate universe.
GWAR ended the Fall leg of their tour in Baltimore, Maryland at Soundstage on November 3, 2022.
Nekrogoblikon opened the show and their sound is best described as heavy metal video game music. Two guitars, keys, bass, drums, vocals, and a hunchback goblin are the key ingredients to Nekrogoblikon’s sound and live show. The bands live sound mix suffered from typical opening band issues; they had limited sound, minimal stage space, and despite the limitations they faced their set was tight. Starting at 7 PM sharp Nekrogoblikon set the pace for a quirky, fast paced evening.
Pennsylvania’s own Crobot were second on the bill and their set was short and to the point. Taking the stage a little after 7:50 PM a large green pod was carried onstage and the large pod was reminiscent of the talking plant in “Little Shop of Horrors”. Inside the green pod was Crobot singer Brandon Yeagley.
Crobot have been direct support for this leg of the tour and if you’ve never seen Crobot you are missing out because they are an amazing, in your face, rock n roll workhorse with an absolutely amazing and charismatic singer named Brandon Yeagley. The entire rhythm section of Crobot was replaced in 2017.
Crobot performed a very short 30 minute set and the highlight for most fans was their radio single “Low Life”. Interesting side note: Crobot and Gwar brought fans, friends, and family from their respective home States (PA & VA) for this show thus making the vibe in the room very family like.
Brandon commented that with this being the last show of the tour he felt like he wanted to be killed by a member of Gwar and during the last song of their set that is exactly what happened…Brandon was killed by a random member of Gwar and fake blood soaked the entire front row. Brandon laid lifeless for a few minutes after their set ended, then he arose to thank the crowd and say goodbye.
Gwar’s set-up took most of the real estate onstage and when the band finally took the stage at 9 PM they were greeted with an insane level of enthusiasm from the crowd.
Before Gwar took the stage a documentary video played and when images and video of Oderus were displayed the entire room cheered. The video explained Gwar’s history and showed what they had accomplished throughout their career.
“Ratcatcher” off the bands latest release, “The New Dark Ages” was the stand out track in their set because it featured blistering guitar solos by Pustulus & Balsac. This version of Gwar is a more musical than previous versions of the band.
Blothar led the battle charge and his politically incorrect jokes were a breath of fresh air in an era where everyone is offended by everything. Beefcake made a random joke about how he loved to eat poontang and Pustulus told the crowd that he was Poly but his wife didn’t know. Of course everything the band said was tongue in cheek and not meant to be taken serious.
A mock abortion, Donald Trump being sodomized, and Putin being mutilated; all in a nights work for the guys in Gwar.
The show ended at 10:20 with the final song of the night being “F*ck This Place”. Watching the crowd walk out was entertaining because almost everyone was covered in random colored dyes and it was like witnessing a human being tie dyed because not only was every white shirt stained but also most people’s skin was too.