October 20th here in Richmond, hundreds of Bohabs flocked to The National for Gwars start of their ‘Blood of the Gods” tour. This is the same day as the release of their album, of the same name fans, were anxiously clamoring for. For those of you who have never been to a Gwar show, or are patiently awaiting their ticket date in their city, I’m here to paint you a very bloody picture.
US Bastards start off the show. The lead singer is Gwar slave Brent Purgason. They were high energy thrash punk and had a way of keeping the pit going. I was a part of that pit and it did go crazy. They are a definite must see and are on the rise here in Richmond. California friends please check them out.
Doyle came on the stage right after. The band is named after the guitarist that was formerly a member of the Misfits. This was my first time seeing them play onstage. I was shocked to see, Doyle himself was not the lead singer, but nonetheless they had a great set. Many were disappointed, that there were too many slow songs and no Misfit covers, but I had a fun time listening and watching them play.
Now Ghoul truly entertained me. I was sucked into their story line, which now is kinda blurry to me, since I had a few pre-show beers and a few hits of a weed oil vape. In spite of that, Ghouls characters were amazing, and their deaths were even better. There is no wonder why they were invited, to play before Gwar. I suggest you catch a Ghoul show whenever you can.
Now for what all you bohabs are waiting for. Gwar’s set started off with a video playing on two screens on stage, talking about how America has finally found a way to best Gwar. Two soldiers come on stage, looking to ensure that they have finally killed Gwar, and of course they did not. They were quickly beheaded. I won’t give too much away, but they are introduced to a new boss from Glomco, and had to fight a series of villains. I must say many of the songs, I did not like as much in my last review, were much better with the visuals onstage. Blowthar (Michael Bishop) did great, and though my heart yearns for Oderus (Dave Brockie), and his deep and sexy voice, I can appreciate Blowthar. The song that hit me the most is Phantom Limb, a song dedicated to Oderus. It was a great night. You are in for a bloody treat.
All in all Gwar did a great show. Mike Derk’s Balsac the Jaws of Death is fighting a serious bone marrow disease and doing what he loves the most to get through it. Please show your support and register to donate bone marrow and donate money for medical help at this site. Show your support. He’s been playing for the fans forever and I wish him the fastest recovery and better health. Nikki Knight
Set List: War on GWAR, Hail, Genocide!, I’ll Be Your Monster, Death to Dickie Duncan, Saddam a Go-Go, Womb With A View, Crushed by the Cross, Viking Death Machine, Bring Back the Bomb, El Presidente, Swarm, Meat Sandwich, The Sordid Soliloquy of Sawborg Destructo, Mr. Perfect, The Morality Squad, Fuck This Place, Phantom Limb, If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
Catch Gwar on the remaning dates coming soon to you’re town!
10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/27: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
11/3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
11/4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
11/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
11/9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
11/10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
11/13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
11/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
11/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
11/23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
11/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live