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Bob Gorman is the Secretary and the Shop Foreman for the Richmond based, Slave Pit¬†Inc., which is, better know as the metal band GWAR.¬† GWAR is much more than band.¬† Its a 28 year old multimedia art collective that is know for its stage show as much as its music. The group floats somewhere between musical theater, professional wrestling, and a live horror movie. ¬†The narrative or mythos of the band is always changing but is basically, a group of aliens sent to earth as a punishment only to be trapped in the ice of Antarctica. ¬†They would then be freed by global warming and discovered by a music producer.¬† They now travel the world playing music and fighting their enemies.
For more than 25 years Gorman has been making monsters, playing characters on stage, and acting as GWAR‚Äôs historian.¬† As well as continuing his work with GWAR, Gorman is currently working on a documentary and coffee table book about the group. ¬†In this conversation with host Jeff Majer Gorman discusses the humble origins of GWAR in a run down building, their run-ins with the law, one of which ended up getting the ACLU involved, the groups two Grammy nominations, why they were turned away from the Grammies, the unexpected death of their long time guitar player Cory Smoot that resulted from a preexisting condition and a lot more.
GWAR has just released their 13th studio album Battle Maximus, and will be going on tour¬†in Australia in February and then will be making their first trip to Japan in early 2014.¬† To find out more information about GWAR where to buy their new album Battle Maximus, where to see the show or how to donate to the Cory Smoot foundation go to GWAR.NET.
All photos are courtesy of Bob Gorman.
In this episode Free University is discussed, for more information on Free University listen to the episode with Dale Brumfield and Richmond’s Independent Press.
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