Gwar - Paris, France, 26.03.07

Event: Gwar: European Tour
Written by: Jeff
Published: 01.05.2007

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Gwar, Paris, France by Jeff (20)
When you're European, especially French, I can tell you that it's not so easy to frequently see some bands like Gwar. They never come to the old continent much and as I know the last time that Gwar came to France was a long time ago. But finally, we had the chance to see the band at the famous Locomotive and damn what a show! Trust me my friends it was something amazing and definitely I will never regret the fact that I was there to see this controversial band this evening.

"Unfortunately", Kreator and Celtic Frost were playing in one other venue before Gwar so the American act had to play its show at 11 pm. Even if the Elysée Montmartre was not so far away of the Locotmotive I missed the opening act but by luck I didn't miss the sensational Gwar.




Gwar live, that's special, controversial but also really funny and… dirty… To give you an example, the sound and lights tables were protected with some plastic things for the only reason that the "monsters" send a lot of "blood" in the pit… (yeah that's crazy and I don't even want to imagine how the venue was after the concert…). The show was amazing, first, I was a bit afraid by the quality of the music but actually it was a really cool groovy Thrash with a lot of punch and technicality. The guys are good, they play great guitar solos, maybe that their songs aren't the best but live they're catchy and finally they just kick ass really. But of course, Gwar is not only music but also some great mise en scene and a lot of theatrical stuff and yes, this is the originality of the performances of the band and it's simply great.




Gwar is a "punk" and anarchic band. They don't like army, fascist and racist people, they don't like war, religions and political shit and they know how to say it. How? Well, with some violent bloody (but always funny) performances. During more than one hour and between and during each song, Oderus Urungus (the leader of the band and singer) accompanied by his two main men killed all the evil people of the Earth. Hitler, a bad ugly cop, the pope, Bin Laden… they all came on stage and were thrashed, impaled, destroyed by the band with some violent swords, axes and lance attacks. The funny thing is that all the evil guys have some "blood" system in their arms, legs, body and when Gwar attack them, a lot of blood is launched in the pit. And I say it again, that's a LOT of blood, everybody, from the photographs to the bouncers and of course the metalheads were totally soaked and red… It was extremely funny, a bit stupid that's right and really dirty but mega fun. I haven't laughed like that in a venue for a long time (well maybe with Freak Kitchen but with totally different humour...). It was simply great, one of the best shows that I've ever attended.




The theatrical aspect of the concerts was just great. Nobody hated it of course and really it was a cool way to see something different. It was funny even if we had also some serious messages but all in all this show was just some delirious performances with some cool Thrash music and the hits like "Meat Sandwich" were in the set list so... I cannot add anything else, it was pure happiness…




I don't know if you'll ever get the chance to have Gwar in your city one day but if you see this name, please go to the venue asap! Of course you'll have to be prepared and know that you'll see something really engaged, violent and gory with topics about politics, sex, drugs, etc but trust me, you'll see something great, something that you could only see with Gwar. Hoo and one last thing, don't forget your raincoat


Many thx one more time to Olivier, Nan and Florian of Elianor for the press accreditation


 




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wrathchild - 02.05.2007 at 22:14  
Seems like a very cool gig, indeed!

But I have one question: what is the ratio of songs/executions?
Jeff - 02.05.2007 at 22:22  
One song (sometime two)... one dead
PrettyMao - 02.05.2007 at 22:32  
I saw Gwar live once, and it is definitely one of the best shows I have ever seen.

Your review was not bad, except I don't care how you explained the way Gwar spews blood upon the crown. No need to go into the mechanics of the "blood" system. It is sort of akin to revealing how a magician does his magic tricks. It is more important to just watch and enjoy the show.

Basically, it is more fun to play make-believe with Gwar than it is to give it serious analytical thought.


I really hope they come through here again....


by the way, did Orderus cum all over the crowd? That's the best part!
Doc Godin - 03.05.2007 at 01:56  
pics look awesome, Im hoping to see them with Amon Amarth this year!
Dangerboner - 03.05.2007 at 02:40  
What songs did they play?

Gwar is an amazing live band. When I saw them, they narrated the story from the new album before and after each song they played, plus they threw in some of their older tunes.

Did you get covered in blood and pus? I did (since I was in the fucking pit) and I went to a convenience store right after the show. The clerk looked at me funny
soris - 03.05.2007 at 07:38  
dam i live to far away s h i t
PrettyMao - 03.05.2007 at 17:31  
Written by Doc Godin on 03.05.2007 at 01:56

pics look awesome, Im hoping to see them with Amon Amarth this year!



Thanks for pointing that out... I am so there!
Doc Godin - 03.05.2007 at 23:53  
Written by PrettyMao on 03.05.2007 at 17:31

Written by Doc Godin on 03.05.2007 at 01:56

pics look awesome, Im hoping to see them with Amon Amarth this year!



Thanks for pointing that out... I am so there!

I just looked on the ticketmaster website and it looks like that sounds of the underground (with Gwar and AA) is going to Edmonton...not Calgary, which is a bummer considering Im incredibly lazy.
PrettyMao - 04.05.2007 at 00:47  
Written by Doc Godin on 03.05.2007 at 23:53

I just looked on the ticketmaster website and it looks like that sounds of the underground (with Gwar and AA) is going to Edmonton...not Calgary, which is a bummer considering Im incredibly lazy.


Well, according to the Sounds of the Underground webpage they are indeed coming to Calgary...

http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com/

Perhaps the tickets are not on sale yet... I had trouble finding them on ticketmaster this mornign as well....

I might have to take that day off and drive up.... Don't know how that will fly with the wife though! hahaha
propaganda666 - 04.05.2007 at 01:11  
i have been to three GWAR shows and each one was amazing. i try to catch every show that comes by and i can't wait to see them again.
GT - 04.05.2007 at 14:46  
Man I would love to get the oppotunity to see these guys live. Judging by the photos and Jeff's description it was a kick-ass show
..HumanError.. - 06.05.2007 at 03:06  
Haha! Funny photographs ... *laughs at the prosthetic hangy balls*
Carrion - 06.05.2007 at 13:20  
Great fotos indeed I really wanna see Gwar live.
Curtis the Bum - 06.05.2007 at 21:39  
It sucks, they played right here in my hometown of santa cruz a few years back, but it was before i even knew who they were........:(
iaberis - 26.11.2008 at 14:09  
Is that guy from Gwar wearing a string???
Valentin B - 18.03.2010 at 13:10  
Lol the funniest photo must be the one where the sound guy holds the plastic sheet for the blood not to get into the mixer

Gwar rules, they're simply a very funny band and the songs aren't too bad either. i got to see them at Wacken where i can summarize their performance in this phrase, when referring to a guy who came on stage dressed up as Michael Jackson who subsequently got killed really violently:

Oderus Urungus: i am so glad i got to kill him and fuck his face!... weren't you glad to see me kill him and fuck his face?? *crowd cheers* oh yeah! hell, i'd do anything to please you people!

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