Gwar rocked 9:30 Club sunday night! I forgot just how weird the club looks when it’s wrapped in plastic.
This was my 5th (and Carolyn’s 4th) time seeing Gwar, and arguably my most enjoyable Gwar show since Peppermint Beach Club, Virginia Beach, 1993ish, with Ryan S, Greg S, Wayne H, Shehab M, Doug B, etc.
They had their usual stage antics.. Including some fights between various people… McCain.. Obama.. Hillary. It was funny how people who cheered at McCain being killed, and Hillary having her tits cut off felt like they couldn’t cheer at Obama being killed. Pussies.
We ended up pretty close. The plastic actually helped make it easier to advance to the stage (hard to explain, and I don’t want to share my secrets). So we ended up being RIGHT at the front stage, but off to the side. The mosh pit barely touched us. And we got covered in slave blood. And some bile from BileDriver too. Carolyn’s hair has pink highlights now. She read they can take up to a month to go away — though two days later, it’s actually already faded a little bit.
I believe they opened with “The Salaminizer”, eventually played “Bring Back The Bomb” (but not before I mistook another sone for it). They also played “Crack In The Egg” and “Ham On The Bone” (which seemed to excite Carolyn because she made our party-karaoke for that song), “Biledriver” (which got a bit of green on us).
They also played “Rock ‘N Roll Never Felt So Good”, one of my favorite Gwar songs about having sex with a quadriplegic (and fucking her ass with a frozen piece of shit). And “The Private Pain Of Techno Destructo” (but with “Bozo Destructo” instead), a song I only recently (9 months?) became a big fan of, and which was also covered by the Cartoon Network cartoon Codename: Kids Next Door as ‘Gramma Stuffum‘, in the episode OPERATION:FOODFITE. Major bonus points to anyone who can find a digital copy of this episode. I can’t, and I’ve tried. It’s S4E2.
And of course, this tour celebrated the return of Sleazy P. Martini, which meant we got to see Slaughterama live for the FIRST TIME EVER!! This is pretty much the first Gwar song I ever got into, and a song I wanted to see live VERY BADLY during the 1993 concert (along with “Have You Seen Me?”, which they’ve still never played).
I’d been excited about the prospect since I first read about it on John The Canadien‘s blog, in his post entitled World’s Greatest Crack Dealer To Return For GWAR Tour!!!.
FINALLY WE CAN SEE IT! Did anyone else notice that when they had the “art fag” verse, the art fag looked like Marilyn Manson? Heh.
^ Sleazy P. Martini does his thing
And they closed with “Sick Of You“, one of Gwar‘s most popular songs. I always thought people liked Slaughterama better, but that’s not the case. It’s probably a bit too gimmicky for everyone, and “Sick Of You” does indeed fucking rock, even if it’s actually one of the lighter Gwar songs:
Also, here’s a video someone made on YouTube that I think is a compliation of several different live performances of Slaughterama:
A few pictures of us after the show will eventually be posted HERE, and you’ll be able to see Carolyn’s hair with “pink highlights”.
In the meanwhile, please enjoy Toxikk’s set of pictures on flikr HERE.
ON SONG RECOGNIZABILITY: The problem between seeing Gwar in 1993 and seeing Gwar in 1999/2005/2007/2008 is that they have released a good 8 full albums since then, and Carolyn & I weren’t keeping up. In 1993, they didn’t have enough material for me to feel lost. When I saw them in 1999, the show was sold out, so we missed most it (only getting in via “connections”), and came out remembering all of 1 or 2 songs from the show — they had so much new material that we were totally lost. I then got a full Gwar discography (including demos & singles) and put it into our “to be learned” rotation. This definitely improved things — In 2005, we walked out only knowing 2 songs, but in 12/2007, we walked out knowing 6 songs they played. This time, in 12/2008, we walked out knowing 9 songs they playbe. Maybe in 2 years we’ll be able to go to a Gwar song and recognize every song. Until them I’m gonna keep on listening until I know every song, as any good scumdog should.
AFTER MATH: Here’s what we looked like after the show [pics added 2/5/2009]:
Clint – pinked shirt
To see every concert I’ve ever been to, go to my List Of All Concerts page.
Mood: not as sick
Music: Gwar – Private Pain Of Techno Destructo