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08/14/2007 GWAR, Shadows Fall (Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall)

By Eric | August 14, 2007 10:41 am

I rolled up to Water Street, missing the entire line, and walked right in. I found my buddy Rich, and we commenced our waiting… The Acacia Strain was supposed to be the first opener, but for whatever reason, they cancelled. So on with Shadows Fall! They sounded *much* better than they did at the Niagara Falls show, so this was much more enjoyable. According to Brian Fair, this was the last night of their tour with GWAR, so they rocked out “extra hard”… Anyway, they opened with Failure of the Devout, and then I can’t quite remember the order, but they played Stepping Outside The Circle, Burning The Lives, Redemption, The Power of I and I, Eternity Is Within, and they closed with What Drives The Weak right into The Light That Binds. They sounded great, rocked hard, and were a great warmup for what was to follow…

The Almighty GWAR!!! The stage setup wasn’t that elaborate, but their costumes sure were! The most amazing part to me was how well they played their instruments while in the heavy costumes, and how good the songs were. For me not knowing but one Gwar song, I was impressed with how they sounded. But of course, the music was almost secondary to the show! The most over-the-top, ridiculous, gross stuff… and of course, the fans eat it up. They first came out with the head of the lead singer of Lordi (the Finnish band that does similar costumes) on a stake, which of course was shooting fake blood out of its mouth… continuously! The next “victim” was a representation of the VT killer, who came out guns blazing, and had his head and arms chopped off by a huge sword. These wounds also spewed forth tons of fake blood… “Rochester’s biggest GWAR fan” was rolled out strapped to a board, and similarly decapitated. Lest we forget, the giant prosthetic penis of lead singer Oderus Urungus spewing fake urine all night. (If it all sounds gross, just remember, it’s so over the top and cheesy that it becomes funny, not scary!) It was literally a really bad B horror movie come to life, and certainly entertaining! As I said earlier, I only knew one song (Saddam-A-Go-Go, thanks to Beavis and Butt-head!), but that didn’t matter in the least! The musicianship was quite good, the stage theatrics goofy and entertaining, and it made for a fun night. I can now say I’ve seen GWAR!

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