[Concert Review] Gwar’s 30th Anniversary tour rips through Freebird live in Jacksonville Beach this week !!

Jacksonville Beach, Freebird live 9/9- What would summer be without a little Gwaaaaarrrrr?  Besides their annual GwarBQ, the outer-planetary band just announced their 30th anniversary tour, and they’re taking Battlecross and Butcher Babies with them. It looks like the theme of this tour is the internet…with large rock iphone or ipads on stage and computer screens. Gwar is out supporting their new album “Battle Maximus” after a three year hiatus.

Gwar-0198If you dont know who Gwar is- GWAR is thrash metal’s answer to the more mainstream satire of Spinal Tap. Gory, sexually perverse, and scatological in the extreme, GWAR was formed at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as an experiment in marketing strategy by several musicians, art students, and dancers. The group claims to consist of all-powerful interplanetary warriors, descended from aliens stranded in Antarctica and initially created from the lowest filth in the universe, who have come to Earth to sexually enslave and/or slaughter the human race.The group performs in bizarre costumes made of latex and papier-mache, and their stage show features fake pagan rituals, corpses spewing washable bodily fluids on the audience, and sometimes a mechanical giant maggot.

This was my very first Gwar show,- I know , how can that be-, but it was. I got a lot of feed back from people that had been to one of their show and they said it was always a very entertaining and great music show as well as messy!, AND they were not kidding!!

As Gwar was getting ready to hit the stage, you can tell the fans were getting anxious to get the blood flowing say to speak. You could feel the intensity of Freebird Live in the moist hot air of the venue. The crowd dripping with sweat waiting for the grand show to begin, and they could sense the wild ride that were about to go on as they started to chant GWAR! GWAR! GWAR! GWAR! Gwar-0158loudly as they pumped their fist in the air.

The lights would dim and as Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” filled the air. This had everyone totally riled up and singing and then once the song came to an end, with each member of the band dressed in part slowly hit the stage.Michael Bishop (Blothar) – vocals (2014–present), (Beefcake the Mighty) – bass (1987–1993, 1998–1999)Mike Derks (Balsac the Jaws of Death) – rhythm guitar, background vocals (1988–present)Brad Roberts (Jizmak Da Gusha) – drums, percussion (1989–present)Bob Gorman (Bone Snapper) – backing vocals (1995-1996, 2014–present)Jamison Land (Beefcake the Mighty) – bass, background vocals (2011–present)Brent Purgason (Pustulus Maximus) – lead guitar, background vocals (2012–present)Matt Maguire (Sawborg Destructo) Backing vocals (1995-1996,2007 -present)Don Drakulich (Sleazy P. Martini)(1985-present) as the crowd went insane with pumping their fists and screaming.

They would start the show off with Crush, kill, Destroy to get the juices flowing in the place. As the packed venue would work it self into a frenzy with the heavy hitting metal music. With the stage being a bit small, all were wondering if they were going to be able to play and perform to the best of their ability, and i can tell you for sure, they had no problem at all! Crushing every tone they cracked out like “Madness at the Core of time: which followed Crush,kill,Destroy. They did not wait any time getting the crowd into the music and the theatrics of the show, as it did not take long for blood to be spewing from the ripped out torsos and cut off appendages through out he show.

The theatrics were top notch and really got the crowd going, and you can see a smile on every face in the place as they ripped through more flesh, bones and heads through song like ” I, Bonesnapper” , ” Meat Sandwich”  and a every favorite “blood bath”. Gwar ended the mayhem with “The salaminizer ” and ” Sick of you”Gwar-0093

Well it took me 30 years to get a wiff of Gwar in action, and it was one hell of a ride, If you get a chance to see the show in the next month our so and have never seen they i would highly recommend it. The music is awesome and they really keep you watching and wanting more.

Blothar really held his own as the new frontman for GWAR. His banter was out of this fucking world and as over the top as you’d expect it to be from the new leader of GWAR. Blothar has solidified himself as the most suiting successor to the throne and after last night’s performance

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About Bryan Joe Corder (4248 Articles)
Concert Photographer at heart, Love listening to music and going to shows to try to capture the magic on the stage with my imagery.I also review albums and live concerts.
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