GWAR Continue Tour
November 4, 2011 by staff
GWAR Continue Tour, Theatrical costume rockers GWAR will be welded and continue their tour in support of Lust in space despite the death on Thursday of his 34-year-old guitarist “Flattus Maximus” (born Cory Smoot).
According to reports, Smoot’s body was found on the morning of the band tour bus early Thursday when the band crossed from Canada into the U.S. for a tour. The Edmonton Journal reported that long-term group is still scheduled to play in Edmonton, Alberta, at Edmonton Event Centre on Friday night.
“It is with deep sense of loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the death of his long time guitarist and dear friend Cory Smoot, is also known to thousands of metal fans around the world as Flattus Maximus” , band leader Oderus Urungus (born David Brockie) said in a statement. “Cory was found dead this morning in the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has happened.”
Smoot, who produced a series of albums of the group, joined GWAR in 2002 and was the latest in a long list of guitarists in the history of the act of almost 30 years of age. He was distinguished for his suit of Maximus, which had a red face, dinosaur-head shoulder pads and reptile feet. He was found dead on a bus companions just hours after the group played a show on Wednesday night in Minneapolis club First Avenue. A cause of death has not yet been determined.
The stage manager at First Avenue, Conrad Sverkerson, told the Minneapolis StarTribune that there was nothing unusual about the show on Wednesday. GWAR said bus left the club around 1:45 am
“They are really not the kind of individuals known as partiers, but guys are really solid,” said Sverkerson of the band, who have been playing the scene of more than 20 years.
Brockie said there are no plans at this time in relation to the rest of the U.S. tour and the band’s long-term plans for a possible replacement. “Right now we’re dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitarists in metal today.”
A spokesman for the band’s label could not be reached for further comment at the end of this edition.
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