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GWAR coming to the Ritz Ybor




There was a week last October when it seemed like the Tampa Bay concert calendar went kablooie: Counting Crows, Maroon 5, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Against Me!, The Academy Is... and Jonathan Richman were all here in the span of a few days.

Oh, and GWAR was here, too.

I've never been to a GWAR concert, but I was so excited by this concert that I felt I had to get GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus on the phone for a lesson in GWAR concert etiquette. The man is quite the raconteur; he shared stories of fans throwing dead cats onstage and how being showered with fake blood is a great way to spend quality time with the kids.

"Sure, we do violent things onstage," he said. "We do sexual thigns on stage. But it's a parody of people's violent, sexual attitudes. When we do racist humor or sexual humor or violent humor, we're making jokes of people that are racist, sexist or violent. We're in no way advocating rape, murder or racism in any way. GWAR is all about satire, GWAR is all about sarcasm, GWAR is all about freedom, and really, GWAR is all about love."

How touching.

Well, get ready to feel the love once again. GWAR is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 4, with Job For a Cowboy and The Red Chord. Tickets aare $19-$22; they go onsale Saturday, Aug. 8.

Before you go, please read this: 8 things you should know about a GWAR concert.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:12pm]


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