|Photo by Mark N. Kartarik|
Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Earlier this year, GWAR -- the intergalactically renowned metal band made up of alien warriors -- appeared on the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series at an emotional time. GWAR had recently been rocked by the overdose of founding member Oderus Urungus (a.k.a. Dave Brockie).
After their obligatory performance of the Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls," GWAR launched into a reinterpretation of Jim Carroll's "People Who Died." They concluded with a verse from replacement frontman Blothar, dedicated to his fallen friend -- "Brockie I miss you more than all the others / I salute you my brother!" A.V. Club's Josh Modell said it best -- "I never thought I'd say to GWAR: that was kind of touching." Drummer Jizmak Da Gushha, taken aback, replied indignantly -- "Who touched who where?"
The A.V. Undercover clip sums up GWAR in 2014 in a nutshell. They're a little sad, a little serious, but still stupid, crass, and absolutely committed to doing what they do best -- rocking out and spewing gallons of blood all over their fans.