Last night the National Theater was left in a mess of red, blue and multi colored slime as were the people inside it. No this was not done by vandals or a natural disaster; it was the aftermath of another rocking GWAR show. The godfathers of punk, metal and hardcore in the RVA rocked the house and played to a sellout crowd of fans getting all in a 20 foot radius doused with their trademark stage blood and slime. Supporting their latest album “Battle Maximus” GWAR rolled into town for their yearly hometown gig and played a nice blend of their newest songs as well as some old favorites from almost the entire bands album catalog. Their usual stage show lived up to the hype of shows past with some mock beatings of Justin Beiber, the Queen, and even the Pope to name a few plus the usual array of aliens, monsters and undetermined creatures. The crowd was a bit rowdier than usual but this did not deter the usual GWAR faithful from enjoying their beloved masked heroes as they did what they do best on stage. The comedy, gore, guts, and most of all music, blends well with the banter lead singer Dave Brockie who’s alter ego “Oderus Urungus” says in between songs that keeps the crowd wanting more.
This was a great show and true to form GWAR delivers the best value for their fans money. As usual they had some up and coming bands open for them including Iron Reagan and Battle Cross, which the metal fans of the RVA treated with the love good bands deserve. Whenever GWAR plays the National again or where ever you are able to go see them it’s worth the time and a bit of soap afterwards because you will enjoy the fun that is GWAR.