Skip to comments.Guitarist for metal band GWAR is found dead in tour bus in Minneapolis
Posted on 11/04/2011 5:27:56 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
The day after playing in a Minneapolis concert, Cory Smoot - also known as Flattus Maximus, the guitarist for metal band GWAR - was found dead on the band's tour bus Thursday.
GWAR frontman Dave Brockie released a statement Thursday to Brooklyn, N.Y.-based MetalSucks, an online site featuring posts on heavy metal music.
"Cory was found deceased this morning as 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 occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR's current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans," Brockie said, adding that a full statement would be released in "the next day or so."
The band played at First Avenue on Wednesday. They were crossing into Canada on Thursday and were due to perform Friday evening in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Let me guess.... Natural Causes. /s
I cut my heavy metal teeth on GWAR! They use a lot of brass and fast, heavy riffs in their music. It’s PERFECT for pushing out that last rep on the bench or running that last 1000 ft. before dropping in the grass.
This is sad. They were quite the stage performers, as you can see by their costumes.
Believe it or not, the metal community is very much against drug use. There are obviously outliers, but in general, the idea of metal is that it gets you moving and is a replacement for drugs. Lord knows I’ve had my time of it!
What border were they preparing to cross ?
Death by Misadventure?
And we just learned MPLS was moved to near the Canadian border...idiot reporters.
A fine, upstanding citizen. He will surely be missed.
That’s only in England.
No offense, but they seem like a low grade knock off of Alice Cooper (theatrics) and Metallica (riffs). And I cut my teeth on Black Sabbath. I have seen ‘em all.
Natural causes, indeed! The human body wasn't built to withstand years and years of massive doses of drugs, alcohol, and other pollutants.
Reminds me of how sad I was when I learned that John Entwistle was found dead. :-(
Whatever border it was, looks like Cory made it...
I’m sure his parents are proud...
Gwar Destroys Suburbia
Never cared much for the satanic imagery favored by so many heavy metal bands (and I’m a heavy metal fan.)
Some of that horrid noise Bill listens to?
What’s not to love? GWAR was a Giant leap for civilization
(the guy's hilarious)
God What Awful Racket.. Check out the Joan Rivers interview.
Our Northern Neighbors most likely.
You hit those softballs pretty well...
Did he join the 27 Club?
“Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing.”
Good thing they didn’t find him *at* the border crossing. I’m sure the RCMP would have been amused.
Don’t know anything about the guy, so RIP.
Minneapolis is a lot closer to the Kanukistanian border than say... Des Moines, IA.
Same group. The lead singer is the one who used to be on Red Eye. I believe he was let go after they did a mock execution of Palin at a concert.
It’s a generational thing, I suppose. Of course I love Metallica (pre-Load), but GWAR brought something to the stage that even a sweaty James Hetfield couldn’t: presence.
Metallica always felt... fake. When I was at their concerts, it was like 4 guys on stage doing 4 different things that happened to sound good. GWAR actually look like they’re having fun on stage if not for the gallons of sweat they pour out under those costumes.
Never really got into Alice Cooper. I know he’s practically the Godfather of hard rock/metal, but I’m not familiar with his catalog.
Oh, God no! Now what the heck will I do for enjoyable music! So clean cut, so inspirational! Why,... I’m totally bereft! Oh the humanity!
Wow, I remember buying my first GWAR album. I always had respect for them because of their humor.
Actually, it was....and I offer Keith Richards as my evidence.
However, if one injects something, it bypasses ALL of the fail-safe mechanisms built into the body's anti-poison self-preservation system....
When overdosing, it's natural that you could die.
Tell that to Keith Richards.
I’m more of a UFO variety Metalist.
OKAY, YOU WIN.........
Actually most members of GWAR are fine, upstanding citizens. They own several art galleries here in Richmond, VA and are very active in the art community.
If an airliner were to crash on the US-CANUK border, which side of the border do you bury the survivors?
(best videos too - don't need to understand a word of German to enjoy them)
I know, they're not for everyone, but if you like heavy metal, you'll LOVE Rammstain
“Believe it or not, the metal community is very much against drug use. There are obviously outliers, but in general, the idea of metal is that it gets you moving and is a replacement for drugs.”
This metalhead agrees! (Yes, I listen to heavy metal while I clean the house. Nothing gets me moving better. It also helps me overcome the fear when I have to tackle the kids’ bathroom.)
The druggies seem to listen to some weird, mellow crap.
Rammstein are incredible.
Yep the Ox has been missed. Amazing Bass player. Best evidence...listen to “Dreaming from the Waist” live version from the “Who by Numbers” Reissue/Remastered issue. Simply amazing performance, Thunder Fingers indeed.
My only problem with Rammstein is that it’s all in German. I’ve jammed to them on more than one occasion, and while I’ve never seen them in concert, I heard it is a spectacle to behold!
as far as GWAR is concerned, they were very tongue in cheek.
They are sort of the “WWE” of the metal world.
I’m a conservative and I love hard rock and metal.
I am a fan of King Diamond as well as other bands/musicians that probably don’t sit well with a lot of other conservatives, but hey, my choice!
Throw “Boris the Spider” into that one as well. Best bass intro ever.
Kids today aren’t drinking and smoking dope anymore. They’re eating Xanax and Hydrocodone and zoning out to crap like Dashboard Confessional or Coheed and Cambria.
Give me Killswitch Engage, Godsmack, KoRn, Nonpoint, Sevendust, or Powerman 5000 ANY DAY, ANY WAY. I’d rather thrash around a mosh pit and get a little bruised and beaten than pop and pill and become a pile of mush.
Despite having my nose broken on more than one occasion in a mosh pit, I’ve found that there’s an unspoken camaraderie in the pit. Someone falls, you pick them up. Someone gets hurt, you let them out of the pit. You go to some of these new age rock or punk concerts, and you’ve got assholes with nails in their boots and full on brawls in the middle of the crowds.
Metal is organized chaos.
I’ve actually picked up a bit of German from Rammstein. Of course, what I’ve learned won’t get me too far. for example, Ich tu dir weh - I hurt you ;-)
Saw them at MSG and at the Izod in New Jersey. Same show, but I wish I could see them again. They really do an unbelievable stage show. At the Garden, there were 11 semi’s parked outside to carry all their stuff.