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A brief chat with GWAR

According to our sources, GWAR entered the country last week "via [their] bat-shaped helicopter and are now at an undisclosed slave pit preparing for tour" after a four-month break. Gapers Block gave a call to Oderus Urungus of GWAR to catch up with the lead singer of the one of the most disgusting and politically inappropriate bands the world has ever known in anticipation of their performance tomorrow at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

Gapers Block: GWAR started in 1984 — that's more than two and a half decades. How has humanity managed to survive this long?

Oderus Urungus: I don't know, and I'm not very happy about it. I blame a lot of this on other people, particularly the human race. As long as they keep having sex, there will be more of them than are dying. But I'm pro-sex, as long as I get to watch.

GB: Is this tour still in support of your latest album Lust In Space?

OU: Yes! It is a continuation of the beating given at the end of last year. We're heading to all the places we didn't hit on the first half of the tour because frankly, we're very bad at Google and directions. We're pretty sure we have the right coordinates this time.

GB: When was the last time you were in Chicago?

OU: Chicago... I don't measure time in the same way as you do. We have a longstanding necro-bestial love affair with the people of Chicago. We've all had sex so many times, there are so many Oderous babies wandering the streets. It's kind of disgusting. And the baseball teams confuse me. There should be only one team in one sport. That sport should be Afghan Goat Rugby. (long, unsuitable-for-print description of the "rising sport" ensues).

GB: Do you find booking a venue again difficult after you've performed your particular live act?

OU: Durty Nellie's — we have been there before. They're usually very good about it: We'll say "Are you cool with alien barbarian monster marauder m@#$%&*fers violent thrusting about their crude parts while knee-deep in gore?" and they'll say "Yes, of course, we'll give you 10 million dollars."

GB: I see you also played the Gathering of the Juggalos in 2009. Was that a good experience?

OU: It was done for money, plain and simple. But also to experience the cultural phenomenon that is the Gathering. I mean, it was the most bizarre thing I did last year. More power to the juggalos and juggalettes. We'd do it again in a heartbeat. They manage to get every single penny from their fans.

GB: Anything the crowd should expect from you this Wednesday?

OU: The smells of fecal matter. Some of the fans didn't enjoy the fecal matter — we were surprised. If they don't want fecal matter on them, it only goes about 30 feet or so. So now we're letting people know that. Fecal Matters Matters — that's our new non-profit.

GWAR plays at Durty Nellie's on Wednesday, June 2nd. Tickets are $22, doors open at 7pm (21+).

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