Bohabs once again descend upon Hadad’s Lake in Richmond to enjoy a day of music and fun in the sun with their intergalactic hosts GWAR.
For veteran GWAR-B-Q fans, there are a number of changes from previous year’s shows including the addition of a third stage. Twenty-one bands playing in a window of just nine hours leads fans to some tough decisions. The Slaughterama Stage and Slutman Pavilion have conflicting schedules with bands playing at the same time until just after 3 PM.
In addition to the Spew Olympics where fans have an opportunity to win prizes by doing ridiculous things, a costume contest being judged by Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste and Iron Reagan has been added.
One of the complaints from last year’s show was running out of beer and water at 4 PM when the show did not end until 7 PM. This year, there is plenty of beer and water in copious amounts to drown the thirsts of fans and bohabs alike.
GWARbar has a presence at Hadad’s Lake along with the other food vendors represented. If you have a hankering for a Beefcake, you can get your fix at the show as opposed to driving to GWARbar to get one.
Another first for GWAR-B-Q was having a rapper perform. MC Chris, known for his work on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force, performs some of his more famous routines for the crowd.
The three most anticipated bands to appear are Goatwhore, Down, and Clutch respectively. All three are making their first GWAR-B-Q appearance.
Goatwhore, who was supposed to play at last year’s show but had to cancel due to an issue with their van, played their set in the Pavilion. Anticipating a large crowd response, Goatwhore played on the Scumdog Stage to appreciative fans and bohabs alike.
Down takes the stage next and waste no time whipping the fans into a frenzy. They start their set with “Eyes Of The South” from NOLA and play songs from their three five releases, including “We Knew Him Well” and “Witchtripper.”
Clutch start their set slowly with “Gravel Road” from Robot Hive/Exodus followed by “Crucial Velocity” as Neil fires up the crowd. Their set includes “X-Ray Visions” from their upcoming album Psychic Warfare planned for an October 2015 release.
Before GWAR start their set, they announce the winner of the costume contest. Sleazy P. Martini addresses the crowd briefly as the band launch into “Madness at the Core of Time” from Battle Maximus. They proceed to play a varied set of songs finishing with “Sick of You” from Scumdogs of the Universe.
GWAR does not close out the day as in past shows. They leave that honor to punk rock legends The Descendents, who play the headlining slot to an enthusiastic audience who sang along to the songs.
For those who attended, it was long, hot day. But if you ask them would they do it again, you would get a resounding “YES!!” as an answer.
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