The mighty scumdogs of GWAR have terrified A.V. Undercover with their presence twice before—first in the tiny round room with the definitive version of Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son,” then in our newer space with a sideways glance at Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car.” As everyone who follows evil rock from space knows, there was a great disturbance in the GWAR universe earlier this year: Either longtime leader Oderus Urungus disappeared into space, or his earthly analog, Dave Brockie, died. (Or some combination of the two.) Whatever the case, GWAR has decided to soldier on without him, adding two players to fill the void: New singer Blóthar is a Berserker who has appeared from the distant past (he may also have been a GWAR bassist in the early years), and Vulvatron is a “cybernetic female assassin” from the future. The band—which is in the midst of its GWAR Eternal Tour (dates below)—decided to tackle Pet Shop Boys’ 1984 hit “West End Girls” here, but they didn’t just leave it at that. Stick around as the song transitions into a version of Jim Carroll’s classic “People Who Died,” with the lyrics changed to salute friends of the GWAR family who’ve passed—including Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and, of course, Brockie/Urungus. Those are printed in full below: You might want to watch the song before reading them. It might the only GWAR performance to make you cry because you’re sad instead of scared.
“People Who Died” (GWAR version)
Robin slashed his wrist and then he hung from a rope.
Peter’s heart gave out after he’d kicked dope.
Jeff, bit by a spider, died of toxic shock.
Ryan drove his car right into a rock.
Cancer brought down Castleman.
Damn it, David. I miss you, man!
Those are people who died, died. (X4)
They were all my friend and they died.
Sean was beat to death by the Boston PD.
Drunk in his cell, no more Death Piggy.
Dimebag was shot by a lunatic fan.
Mike Scaccia died with a guitar in his hand.
Those were three more friends of mine.
Three more friends that died.
Crazy White Sean, how crazy could it get,
That he choked in a chat on the internet.
Cory died in his bunk at a border crossing,
The gap in his teeth still in need of a flossing.
Cory, I miss you my brother.
You left little Cory without a father.
Dave died alone in his chair in his room.
He had just turned 50, it was way too soon.
Oderus’ boat went up in flames,
Now all of Vallhalla chants his name!
Oderus, I miss you more than all the others.
I salute you my brother!
Oderus died, died. (X4)
He was all of our friend and he died.
GWAR ETERNAL TOUR
10/28: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/29: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
10/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/31: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall**
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/4: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/5: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/6: Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/7: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
11/8: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/10: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/12: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/14: Vancouver, BC and Commodore Ballroom
11/15: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/16: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/19: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/20: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/22: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/23: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection***
11/25: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/26: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/28: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/30: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/2: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
12/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/4: Pensacola, FL @ Venue 578
12/5: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
12/6: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/7: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/8: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
12/9: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/10: Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theater
12/11: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/12: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/13: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
Here’s where we’ve been and where we’re going with this year’s Undercover:
GWAR covered Pet Shop Boys
Arrested Development, “Tennessee”
The Jam, “A Town Called Malice”
Mountain Goats, “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton”
Yes, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”
PJ Harvey, “O Stella”