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Gwar took to the stage for the first time since the passing of their frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie at last night’s ‘Gwar-B-Q‘. A fan in attendance was kind enough to film the entire set, which you can now watch below.

The band of course gave Brockie—who passed away from an accidental heroin overdose this past March—a fitting sendoff on Friday via a Viking funeral. Some more insight on how the band pulled off the show and plan to continue performing live can be found here.
click here for the footage…

The rumored itinerary for Emmure and The Acacia Strain‘s forthcoming ‘Eternal Enemies Tour‘ has leaked out. That trek of course unites the aforementioned two bands, despite their frontmen having had a violent altercation back in 2009. Also on the bill are Stray From The Path, Fit For A King and Kublai Khan. Here’s what’s arrived online ahead of a pending official announcement:

11/21 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/22 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
11/23 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
11/24 Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
11/25 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
11/26 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
11/27 Toronto, ON – Opera House
11/28 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
11/29 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
11/30 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
12/01 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam
12/03 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
12/05 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory / Constellation Room
12/06 San Diego, CA – SOMA
12/07 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live
12/08 Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theatre
12/09 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
12/11 Dallas, TX – The Door
12/12 Austin, TX – Empire Garage
12/13 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
12/14 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
12/16 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
12/17 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live
12/18 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
12/19 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
12/20 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
12/21 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has shared some personal thoughts on late Gwar frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie‘s Viking funeral yesterday. While Blythe spoke at the event (see the above-linked post,) he also shared the following photo and words late last night on what it meant to him via his Instagram:

“Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave‘s costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool’s Day.

I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad. But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just “left us”- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames.

I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed.”

click here for the picture…

As Blood Runs Black made more than a few of their backers unhappy with their recent breakup plans. With a formal announcement still in the wings, the band reached out to those who helped crowdfund $25,174 for their as-yet unreleased new album “Ground Zero‘ with the following message:

“There have been alot of questions recently regarding the future of the band and the release of Ground Zero. We wanted to reach out and let you know that Ground Zero will be coming out in the fall and you will be receiving your Indiegogo contributor perks before the public release of the album. We are putting together a worldwide tour schedule through next summer to support the album starting this fall in North America. Let us know where you want to see us play and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

More detailed information is coming soon. Thank you for bearing with us through this challenging time, your support is what keeps us going.”

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto recently pointed out a sad reality of the music business in 2014. Speaking through the below tweet in which he was expressing his love for Pennywise‘s “Straight Ahead” album, he commented:

“…Bands used to rail against greed and commercialism, now we all have clothing lines …”

Gregoletto himself is unsurprisingly no stranger to merchandising himself, with this shirt of his cat ‘Mr. Brown’ having managed to sell out its initial run. With less & less money involved in the music industry, the advent of 360 deals and cringeworthy royalty checks, Gregoletto is not alone in his woes.

Last month I Declare War frontman Jamie Hanks joked “I own a clothing company called I declare war” after their Chris Farley shirt stirred up some controversy. In some cases owning a merch line appears to be more lucrative than the band itself as proceeds from Attila frontman Chris Fronzak‘s Stay Sick line likely helped pay for  his Maserati and Porsche (see below.)

Meanwhile, Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oliver SykesDrop Dead clothing line appears to pull in a healthy profit and has landed licensing deals with characters from ‘The Simpsons‘ and various video game brands.

Basically, if you’re starting a band in 2014 you may also want to devote some time to graphic design while you’re at it.

click here for the pictures…

Dates Added To Deicide, Septicflesh, Inqusition, Abysmal Dawn, Etc. Tour

Decide‘s ‘In The Minds Of Evil Tour‘ with Septicflesh, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and Carach Angren has had new dates added. Head below for the revised itinerary:

10/06 Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop *
10/07 Springfield, VA – Empire
10/08 Hartford, CT – Webster
10/09 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
10/10 Montreal, QC – Theatre Corona *
10/11 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
10/12 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
10/13 Newport, KY – Thompson House
10/14 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
10/15 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
10/16 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
10/17 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
10/18 Oklahoma City, OK – Chameleon Room
10/19 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall *
10/21 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
10/22 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
10/23 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
10/25 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/26 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
10/28 Dallas, TX – Rail Club
10/29 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog

*new dates

Abandon All Ships Breakup, Announce Final Show

Abandon All Ships are abandoning the whole being a band thing and throwing in the towel. The groups lead vocalist Angelo Aita said of the move:

“We’d like to start this off with a thank you. Thank you to our fans, friends, and family for the last 8 years. After many ups and downs, good times and bad, it’s time that Abandon All Ships comes to an end. There’s no hard feelings or inner turmoil, it’s just time that we all move on to the next chapter of our lives.

We’d also like to say thank you to Velocity/Rise Records, The Agency Group, Avocado Booking, Redfield Records, Go With Me Records, Underground Operations, and our management teams at Artery Foundation & Cloud Empire. Without you, this could have never happened.

We’ll be playing one last show in our hometown (Toronto, Ontario. Canada) on Sept 25th. We hope you can make it.”

As Aita stated, a final show will be held at The Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto, ON on September 25th.

Fallen Gwar frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie was given a Viking funeral yesterday as part of this weekend’s ongoing ‘Gwar-B-Q‘ celebration. Some footage of the send off, which also featured speeches from his various friends/peers (Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe, Ex-Gwar bassist Mike Bishop and more) can be found below:
click here for the videos…