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GWAR to throw blood, disembowel celebrities in Columbus show

15 p.m. April 22 at Newport Music Hall.

The plot thickens as GWAR makes a deal with the castle of death. Little does GWAR know that it must defeat a plethora of monsters to claim its new home.

This is part of the plot of the GWAR show, scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Sunday at Newport Music Hall.

The characters of GWAR are intergalactic space aliens that want to play music. Oderus Urungus is the lead singer and embodies everything that is good and bad in humanity and lead singers in general, said Dave Brockie, who plays Urungus.

“I tried to make him an archetype of everything that is wonderful and horrible about the human race,” Brockie said.

There are a few other characters that have been staples in GWAR since its 1990 album, “Scumdogs of the Universe.” There is Beefcake the Mighty, the hero, on bass. Jizmak Da Gusha on drums, who makes beds out of money, and Balsac the Jaws of Death, on lead guitar.

“Everyone’s character is kind of suggested by their own character,” Brockie said.

GWAR formed when Brockie, who was with the band Death Piggy, met Hunter Jackson. They all lived in the same old milk bottling building in Virginia.

Gwaaarrrgghhllgh was formed when Death Piggy put on Jackson’s costumes and played a three-song set before their show. After a few times playing, the band noticed audience members preparing to leave before Death Piggy performed.

“GWAR, or Gwaaarrrgghhllgh, literally ate Death Piggy whole,” Brockie said.

The band then changed its name to GWAR and started producing its own music, videos and costumes.

“We are not just a band, we are a full-on production company,” Brockie said. “We produce all the costumes, all the props, all the videos, and now that we have the in-house recording studio, we do all our own recording as well.”

Back then, the members of GWAR were just having fun, but it blossomed into something no band member envisioned.

“If you would have told me 27 years ago that we would be just moved into a state-of-the-art recording and video fabrication office and graphics facility, I would have laughed in your face,” Brockie said.

GWAR’s style is a mixture of a lot of different things, but the lyrics are often political in nature.

“It has equal elements of thrash metal and punk,” Brockie said. “In addition, it’s got very politically-charged lyrics, outrageous lyrics, violent lyrics – very provocative of history, current events, future events and the human condition. GWAR is a way to change, enlighten, inspire, entertain and hopefully terrify the s— out of people that don’t understand us.”

Brockie said GWAR might not work if the characters were not eating puppies for breakfast.

“It wouldn’t go very well if it was GWAR and we were playing ukuleles on the beach in Hawaii,” Brockie said with a laugh. “Although it might work for a video if there were Brazilian swimsuit models there.”

GWAR shows are probably more comparable to a full-on theatre production rather than a rock show, Brockie said.

“It’s a full-on piece of performance metal,” Brockie said. “This band is a lot more like ‘Cats’ than it is Black Sabbath.”

Some fans said they love the experience GWAR’s stage show provides.

“GWAR is basically like a rock show on cartoons, but it’s 10 times better because you actually get to see a concert, get to be entertained and still be a kid at heart,” Dan Mizenko, a 2000 Ohio State alumnus in microbiology, said.

Fans wear white shirts to the shows with bullseyes drawn on them so they can get shot with fake blood. The more colors of blood someone has on their shirt, the more concerts they’ve attended.

“When you see fans with 20 different oozes of colors, chances are somebody is going to buy him a drink cause he has been to 30-plus shows,” Brockie said.

Others are more hesitant about attending GWAR’s shows.

“Those guys are crazy as hell,” said Graham Knackstedt, 24, from Westerville, Ohio.

But Brockie said everyone needs to see a GWAR show at least once.

“I guarantee you if you come see us once, you will come see us again, because it’s the greatest show on Earth,” Brockie said.

One thing GWAR loves to do when on stage is disemboweling celebrity dummies, such as Rush Limbaugh, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Palin.

GWAR has also been known to impale celebrities, such as Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga. Snooki, from the reality series “Jersey Shore,” has been impaled on GWAR’s current tour.

Kylesa, Legacy of Disorder and Ghoul will accompany GWAR on its stop in Columbus.

“Legacy of Disorder, who drive all the way from New Zealand, somehow drove their Winnebago all the way across the Pacific Ocean just to do these shows,” Brockie said with a laugh, clearly joking.

Ghoul is Brockie’s favorite band on the tour due in part to it employing costumes and mild visual effects, he said.

“They are kind of like GWAR’s little brothers,” < span data-scayt_word="Brockie" data-scaytid="96">Brockie said. “They are really awesome thrash metal with a little bit of surf style.”

Tickets are $19 in advance and $22 the day of the show.

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