GWAR PAY TRIBUTE TO CORY SMOOT WITH MASKLESS PERFORMANCE, ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SMOOT FAMILY FOUNDATION
Talk about a band that refuses to let down their fans: GWAR have missed the bare minimum amount of shows since the untimely passing of guitarist Cory Smoot (a.k.a. “Flattus Maximus”) a couple of weeks ago — and those shows were cancelled only so that the band could attend Smoot’s memorial service in Virginia this past Friday. Those dudes are troopers, huh?
I’m sure Smoot continues to loom large in the band’s mind, though. Case in point: Metal Insider reports that this past Thursday, November 9, during a performance in Portland, OR, the members of GWAR spontaneously ripped off their masks and held up Smoot’s guitar to honor their fallen bandmate. Check out video of that performance below; it’s kinda weird to see GWAR break character like this, but, obviously, the occasion called for it…
The band’s ongoing tribute to Smoot continued on Saturday, when they announced plans for both the Smoot Family Foundation and some Smoot memorial shows via their Facebook page:
“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.”
We will, of course, let you know as soon as additional details are announced.