Currently out in support of their 13th studio album 'Battle Maximus'; GWAR's "Madness At the Core of Time" tour kicked off in good old GWAR fashion at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio with lots of props, prosthetics, and more fake blood than ever. The performance was per usual GWAR fashion, a mix of old favorites and newer material. However, nothing was too good. None of the songs they performed Wednesday night, Oct. 2, were over the top. It was as if to say though the band has decided to move on after the loss of lead guitarist Corey Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus), GWAR still refuses to hit the ground running over Smoot's grave.
The show started with a track off the new album, and the tour's namesake "Madness At the Core of Time". Fans were as always fiesty and in full force. Donning white shirts, with their cell phones tucked inside plastic bags they were ready to mosh, stage-dive, and sing along with GWAR. While watching a few popular figures get maimed and gush multicolored fake fluids (this time it was Justin Bieber and the Pope). GWAR hit some sweet spots with "The Salaminizer", "Pre-Skool Prostitute", "Bring Back the Bomb", and "Ham on the Bone". Things got a little confusing when GWAR performed their rendition of Billy Ocean's "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car". Uh...How many drinks did I have? But then I got to put my fist in the air and sing along with the apathetic anthem "Sick of You", while friends were mercilessly tossed into GWAR's meat grinder.
The people came to see GWAR, expecting to see a stageshow and get drenched in blood. That they received indeed. If there is anything to be said about the "Madness At the Core of Time" Tour, it is the gushiest, bloodiest, display in the history of all GWAR tours. See the full slide show for pictures of the robust demon blood fountains that spewed blood for the duration of the show! This examiner left the Newport Music Hall after the performance feeling sickly satisfied. I was drenched to the bone by fake blood and hopeful for the future and longevity of America's most favorite scumdogs; GWAR!