Without question, it’s been an extremely difficult week for GWAR following the sudden death of guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus). Despite everything, GWAR decided to move forward with their current tour. And during their stop in Portland, OR this past Thursday (November 9), the band did something rare and spontaneous. In honor of their fallen band mate, the band performed a handful of songs unmasked and held Smoot’s signature guitar on stage. Fan filmed video of this candid and impromptu tribute, which included the band performing “Maggots” and “Sick Of You,” can be seen above.
GWAR also gave an update the day after their show in L.A. (November 12) regarding upcoming memorial shows and plans for the Smoot Family Foundation via Facebook, releasing the following message:
“Thanks LA for treating us to what I consider one of the greatest GWAR experiences I have ever had…the show at House of Blues last night was the most epic example of the GWAR family coming together and celebrating Cory the best way we know how…I think maybe the healing will begin for some now. But remember the Smoot family and especially his wife Jamie.
Now that the service and all the madness of this first week is behind us, we can get on to helping organize and promote the many memorial shows being planned for what is officially called the Smoot Family Foundation. So this week will bring not only answers to many questions, but an opportunity for you to personally contribute to a fund being set up for Cory’s wife, Jamie Smoot. I have been blown away by the response from everyone, but we have to set this up correctly and make sure any memorial shows bear the family’s seal of approval.
Thanks everyone—The GWAR family is strong and we are honored by you! Stay sharp–STORM IS COMING.”
We will keep you posted when more is revealed about the Smoot Family Foundation and other shows.