After successfully decimating Europe this summer with multiple festival appearances and headlining shows, your lords and masters the almighty GWAR have awoken from their arctic slumber to once again create utter devastation in North America this fall. The tour kicks off October 18 at in Charlotte, North Carolina and will wrap on November 27 in New Haven, Connecticut. Providing direct support on the tour will be Buffalo, New York's EVERY TIME I DIE. GHOUL will open the first half of the tour and WARBEAST will be opening the second half.
Momentarily putting down his crack pipe, the warty front thing and mutant overlord Oderus Urungus spoke about the carnage that is sure to ensue when GWAR tours North America: "Once again we blow the mighty horn of war, and summon the most fanatical fans in metal history to pay homage to their brutal overlords, us. Between holding Crack-a-Thons, having GWAR-B-Qs, you might think that your Lords and Masters had forgotten about you...but you won't get off that easy! GWAR is returning to personally slap the teeth out of your collective mouths, and have a great time while doing it!"
GWAR on tour with EVERY TIME I DIE, GHOUL and WARBEAST:
Oct. 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
Oct. 19 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Oct. 20 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct. 21 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct. 22 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
Oct. 23 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Oct. 24 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Oct. 25 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct. 26 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Oct. 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct. 29 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Oct. 30 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Oct. 31 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Nov. 01 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
Nov. 02 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov. 04 - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Centre
Nov. 05 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Nov. 07 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 08 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Nov. 09 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
Nov. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 12 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 13 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Nov. 14 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Nov. 15 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Nov. 16 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Nov. 18 - Austin, TX @ East Side Drive In
Nov. 19 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov. 20 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov. 21 - New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
Nov. 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov. 23 - Tampa, FL @ Green Iguana Stadium
Nov. 25 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov. 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov. 27 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
Bassist Casey Orr (a.k.a. Beefcake The Mighty) recently announced his departure from GWAR. He explained in a statement that he could "simply . . . no longer devote the time and effort required to maintain my position within the group. I have so many projects going on now in Texas, including a new RIGOR MORTIS record in the works, that it just wouldn't be fair to everyone involved for me to stay and not be able to give 100%."
Video footage of GWAR's performance at this year's edition of Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 18, 2011 can be seen below.
As previously reported, the second annual GWAR-B-Q has been pushed back to September 17 from the previously announced August 27. It will be held at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Virginia. The standard ticket price will be $20, with "all kinds of cool extras and discounts." This year, for the very first time, GWAR is playing its own GWAR-B-Q.
Metal Blade Records recently released the vinyl versions of GWAR's "Lust and Space" and "Bloody Pit of Horror" albums.
GWAR's new album, "Bloody Pit Of Horror", sold around 2,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, "Lust In Space", opened with 5,000 units to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart.