On the morning of November 3 the members of the heavily costumed heavy metal band GWAR awoke to find guitarist Cory Smoot dead in his tour bus bunk. According to a statement posted by vocalist Dave Brockie on the band’s website November 4, the cause of Smoot’s death is still unknown. “Never have I seen starker proof of the fragility of life,” Brockie wrote.
Brockie’s statement confirmed that GWAR will continue its current tour, minus stops in Medford, OR, and San Francisco, CA, this weekend in order to attend Smoot’s funeral. His services, which are open to the public, will be held at the Bennett Funeral Home Chesterfield Chapel in Chesterfield, VA, on November 11 at 4 p.m. GWAR’s tour will resume November 12 at the House Of Blues in L.A., but never again will the metal monster Flattus Maximus take the stage. As Brockie posted on the band’s homepage, the character Smoot inhabited onstage—a massive rubber dragon monster—will be retired in Smoot’s honor.
Smoot, whom Brockie called “one of the most talented musicians that ever slung an ax,” (sic) was born in San Jose, CA, and raised in Ohio and the suburbs of Richmond, VA. Since age 14 he produced and recorded his own work, eventually opening a studio called Karma Productions and joining several bands. In 2002 he took up the position of the guitar-shredding Flattus Maximus in GWAR and co-produced the band’s two most recent albums. The nine years Smoot spent encased in Flattus Maximus’ rubber skin make him the longest-rocking musician to portray the monster. His self-taught musical moves appeared on GWAR’s albums War Party, Beyond Hell and Lust In Space.
Tour Dates For GWAR:
11/12 – Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
11/13 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
11/14 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/15 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/16 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/18 – Austin, TX – East Side Drive In
11/19 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
11/20 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
11/21 – New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
11/22 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/23 – Tampa, FL – Green Iguana Stadium
11/25 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
11/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/27 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place