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Along with no air conditioning, the Crypt was built with black, Vacuformed walls, so it was less of a haunted house and more of a haunted convection oven.
Part of my costume was an Egyptian-patterned spandex body suit that doesn't breathe especially well, so if I was worrying about anything, it was the very real possibility that I would dehydrate into a corn husk doll in there. And I wasn't even in a proper GWAR costume; those are all foam and rubber and meant to be worn for about 30 seconds at a time, not the better part of a day in swamp-ass Virginia. How any of those poor volunteers survived, I'll never know.
Also, this wasn't a typical haunted house experience. The people who came through were more excited about seeing GWAR characters up close and being sprayed with fake blood than anything else, so it was really more about messing with them. Instead, I made tasteless-but-corny jokes in a Macho Man Randy Savage voice for about six hours straight and had a grand old time.
GWAR is very much a nerd thing, which I don't mean as an insult. Likewise, their creative output and merchandising acumen have attracted and nurtured a niche fanbase whose enthusiasm and loyalty border on obsession. That's getting close to Twilight levels of insane. I got a much better understanding of their attachment to GWAR when I saw the band perform two hours after the Crypt closed up for the day.
I was still wearing most of my costume, minus the mask and hat, and an old Ramones t-shirt that I didn't mind ruining; I'd been warned not to wear any clothes I actually cared about.
GWAR put on an amazing live show that was almost a play, and I was close enough to the front of the stage to get absolutely soaked with blood from the performers on stage. I'll add that a lot of GWAR's songs are pretty catchy on their own. Unlike a lot of other metal bands, GWAR's albums got better and more interesting as time passed, and they played a decent spread of older and newer material that showed off how they've evolved musically over the years.
That said, the adage that you haven't really heard GWAR until you've seen them live certainly held true. The crowd, while energetic and aggressive, was also mindful in a few surprising ways. Even with so many people there, anyone who got knocked off balance by moshers was immediately picked back up, and newcomers to GWAR like myself were pushed right up front so we wouldn't get robbed of the full experience.
They're a complete package unlike any other band or touring enterprise in the United States, and you owe it to yourself to see them at least once.
This may sound crazy, but creative people in this country owe GWAR some gratitude, in the same way they owe John Waters. They give me hope. If GWAR can find an audience that appreciates what they're doing, then maybe there's an audience out there for my work, too.
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