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GWAR Announces Fall 2012 North American Trek

GWAR Announces Fall 2012 North American Trek

GWAR has just announced dates for their fall trek across the mighty continent of North America. Taking a break from recording their next studio record, GWAR will be joined by DevilDriver, Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder on this particular trek.

When asked for comment on the upcoming tour, GWAR front-thing Oderus Urungus muttered something incoherent, then when prodded a bit more muttered something else incoherent.  After the third attempt for comment something more intelligible came from the mouth of the warty one:

Said Lord Oderus, “Once again GWAR returns, hoof and nail, to our old stomping grounds, North America, on a tour of utter destruction, and this time nothing less than the greatest power in the universe will do as our primary victim! That’s right, this time GWAR, fresh from our battle with Death, takes on another of history’s biggest assholes…God himself! Seeing as we don’t have the new album done yet, we really had to do something spectacular…”

Oderus belched out a midget and continued. “This tour will also see the arrival of a new Scumdog brother to aid GWAR in our quest to destroy everything that sucks. That’s right, I can finally reveal certain details regarding our new album…ever since our missing band mate Flattus Maximus took his leave of Earth, members of the Maximus tribe have been showing up at our Antarctic fortress, not only to pay their respects but also eat all of our food. And also lay tracks on the new album! You see, every member of the Maximus family rips on guitar (though Flattus taught them all they know), and they were anxious to help us fill the void left by Flattus. We have been working with his brothers Pustulus, Infecticus, Bubonus and even the shunned Corpulus…and right now they are fighting it out as to which one of them will stay here with the mighty GWAR for the “FATE OR CHAOS” Tour…and beyond! Get ready world, this fall shall see the birth of a new Scumdog!”

Dates for the trek are down below. As we previously reported, GWAR will host their annual GWAR-B-Q this August in Richmond, VA. For more details on that throwdown, click here. Finally, for some great love advice from GWAR, click here.

GWAR Fall 2012 North American Tour:

10/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/14: Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
10/15: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10/16: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/18: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/19: Ybor City, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
10/20: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
10/24: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/25: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/26: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/27: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/31: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/4: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/5: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/6: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/8: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/9: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/10: Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
11/11: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/12: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
11/14: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
11/15: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/16: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre
11/17: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Center
11/18: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/20: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/23: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/24: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/26: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater

Lineups for the 2012 Reading & Leeds Festival Announced

Lineups for the 2012 Reading & Leeds Festival Announced 

The lineup for the 2012 Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced and as always they are mighty impressive. Headliners include Kasabian, Foo Fighters and The Cure. Other notable acts include At The Drive-In, Paramore and The Black Keys. As of press time, the website for Leeds Festival has crashed from all the heavy traffic, but you can check out the lineup for the Reading Festival below.

For additional information on Leeds – click here.

For additional information on the Reading Festival – click here.


Confessions of Phishing Barney

The Adventures of Phishing Barney 2010

Words/Photos by Barney the Purple Dinosaur (and his ghost writer Reverend Justito)

For those who are not a member of my immediate family, allow me to give you a brief history on the family tradition that is Barney the purple dinosaur.  I was in my early teens at the height of Barney-mania.  As a gag gift, my parents threw a Barney Doll (marching band outfit, filled with bubble mix) into the stockings of my brother and I.  My brother and I took great offense to “the purple one” in our Christmas loot, and our anger brought many laughs from the older generation.  The next year on Christmas Day, my brother and I each had a very large box.  We were instructed to open them last, and after getting through tons and tons of packing peanuts we each discovered that my parents had given us the same Barney once again.  I made sure to grab both Barney’s and the following year we got revenge upon my parents.  The following year, my brother and I got revenge upon our Aunts as they received packages with the dreaded Dinosaur.

The following year, Barney went to the next level.  Actually, he went to Portland, Las Vegas and Chicago and was passed along with a hilarious photo album.  Since that time, Barney dolls have gone onto such locations as Yosemite, Japan, Bosnia, London and Tom Jones house.  While one of the two dolls has “gone missing” Phishing Barney came into play in 1998.  Barney had returned to Portland and witnessed a Phish concert so grand that the band released it on compact disc.  As part of the gift, a tiny Barney with full fishing attire was presented with the photo album.  In 2009, Phishing Barney gave his family live updates from Festival 8 with Phish.  Having caught the bug, below you will find what Barney did in 2010 as an assistant to Concert Confessions founder & spiritual guru Reverend Justito.  Thank you for checking this article out and sharing in my families holiday tradition.  I hope it brings you as much joy as it brings the seven of us on Christmas Day.

The goal was simple. Take a bunch of Barney photos with celebs here in Los Angeles. Then it occurred to me that I don’t want to be that guy. When you see Marsha Cross eating lunch with her family, the last thing the Desperate Housewife needs is me bugging her for a photo with Barney. So after a conversation with the fine folks in Whitechapel, the plan changed from Barney with celebs to Barney rocking out with some of the best live acts of 2011.

The first artist Barney met was Joseph Arthur. I apologize to Mr. Arthur that the photo came out so poorly.

In June, Barney cruised up the coast to Ventura. There he spent the day at the Vans Warped Tour. It was on this day that Whitechapel just suggested he take a photo with them on stage.

As you know, we got busted by a YouTube user in the act.

Later that day, Barney rocked out with The Dickies.

The highlight of the day was Barney meeting the lead singer of Angry Samoans – Metal Mike. A fan for 15+ years, it was a dream come true.

A few weeks later, Barney hit up the Cool Tour. While it may have had a terrible name, the package tour had some great bands. That day, Barney rocked hard with…

Cancer Bats

The Acacia Strain

Between the Buried and Me

As I Lay Dying

Barney tried real hard to get a photo pass for Phish. He was denied, but that didn’t stop him and his pal Cookie Monster from rocking out for three days at the Greek with his favorite band.

A few weeks later, Barney was handed a photo pass for another favorite act – Coheed and Cambria. Sadly at the Wiltern, the photo pit is 25 feet from the stage. So ummmmm maybe next time Claudio.

In October, Barney hit Amoeba to check out an in store with Alain Johannes. Not only did he get to watch the man perform songs from his debut album, but he got to meet him as well.

As an added bonus, Barney ran into his old friend – comedian Steve Agee.

Shortly after Halloween, Barney snuck into the Key Club where he watched Helmet close out their lengthy North American tour. Barney and Helmet main man Page Hamilton were able to discuss how disgusted they were with the 49ers after the show.

Barney’s magical tour of 2010 ended on a high note. Sold out in under an hour; Phishing Barney snuck on stage with Mike Gordon of Phish at the intimate Troubadour.

All in all, 2010 was a great year for Barney. Who knows what 2011 has in store?!?!?!

The Cool Tour Goes Hollywood

The Cool Tour 2010

07/31/10 – Palladium: Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

 A major reason I started concertconfessions.com was my disgust of journalists from major media outlets.  I hated old and out of touch professionals who were paid to see a show, only to trash and miss-represent an artist due to their failure to connect.  Not knowing over half the bands on the inaugural Cool Tour, I was hesitant to accept an offer for a free ticket/full access press credential.  Fearful of becoming everything I despised, I decided to accept the offer because at the end of the day, I love music and I love to discover artists who have yet to tickle my ear drums.  So I headed into Hollywood excited for another day long metal show at the world famous Palladium.

War of Ages

The show kicked off at 5pm sharp with a set from Erie, PA Christian Metalcore masters, War of Ages.  The band made the most of their 25 minute set by bashing out five songs and instantly connecting with the young crowd.  Front man Leroy Hamp was the fist of many to get the crowd to form a large circle pit upon the venue’s massive floor.  Swirling for the set closing “All Consuming Fire,” War of Ages did an outstanding job setting the pace for a long night of music.


Cancer Bats

I feel bad for the Cancer Bats.  I had seen the crazy Canadians once before, and enjoyed their frantic set as part of the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour.  On this particular night, they felt like the odd man out.  Are they rock, are they metal, or perhaps punk?  I’m not sure and I feel most of the crowd did not know what to make of them either.  That didn’t stop the band from giving it their all, and working hard to win the crowd over.  Knowing that the crowd was unfamiliar with their unique form of north of the border rock, the highlight of the set came when the band covered the Beastie Boys classic “Sabotage.”  All in all, a solid set from the four piece act.  Even if two or three kids were won over as fans, the Cancer Bats Saturday afternoon set was a success.



Walking into the show, I had never heard a song by Architects.  An hour after their set, they got my broke ass to shell out $5 for one of their records.  Here was this band, who was heavy, and yet had some intricate breakdowns that were reminiscent of Phish.  Well, if Phish sounded like Dillinger Escape Plan’s British cousin.  Anyways, the band bashed the crowd’s brains in with songs like “Numbers Count For Nothing” and “Early Grave,” making a fan of me and many more in the process.


The Acacia Strain

I have heard the name The Acacia Strain for years.  I know one song from a comp record I played once or twice, but my knowledge ends there.  I enjoyed the bands brief set of metal/death/masshole-core, but what won me over more than the music was their mouths.  Well, mainly front man Vincent Bennett’s mouth.  He pulled the classic “I have a mic and you don’t” line when battling some haters.  He then invited them to suck his cock.  Bennett joked about how his band has made a career out of providing opening set services to every band on the planet.  He made sure to point out that his band was uglier than “pretty” tourmates, Blessthefall.  Much like Jered Leto, he acted as a cheerleader mid-song encouraging the fat and lazy crowd to move.  I stopped by the merch table to see if Bennett had any form of solo spoken word record, I was that entertained.  As you can imagine, I was denied.  I do hope that I get to catch these guys open for someone in the near future, because The Acacia Strain are a highly entertaining live band.



Well, The Acacia Strain got it right; these boys are pretty.  It basically comes down to this:  If I was a 17 year old girl, I would probably love this band.  More Michael W. Smith than Metallica, The band is designed for underage girls who love Jesus, Hello Kitty and boys dressed for a day at the yacht club. Now, you may say it’s not fair to make judgements based on looks, but the music itself was simple, boring and lacked originality.  It’s their thing and it seems to works for the female Hot Topic crowd.  You didn’t win my respect, but I have to assume you didn’t start your “we’re Christians but don’t call us a Christian” band for me.


Between The Buried And Me

I can’t name a single song by BTBAM.  Okay, that’s a lie.  They have a song called “Alaska,” but I couldn’t tell you if they played it.  I can’t name a single member of the band.  That’s also a lie but only because I heard two male fans clearly in love with guitar player Dustie Waring screaming out for his attention during soundcheck.  I can’t even name a single album by the Raleigh, NC band.  Yes, that too is a lie, because “Alaska” is also the title track to their third release.  Despite these short-coming, I am Between The Buried And Me’s biggest fan.  I think the band performed a total of four songs over their 45 minutes set and managed to hold my undivided attention the entire time.  The songs are elaborate and take the listener on long voyages over mountains, deep into valleys and back up again just in time for a sonic sunset.  This is a band who could obliterate Ozzfest, bash bonged out brains at Bonnaroo and please the pansies over at Pitchfork.  For the first time all day, I was not ready for a band to leave the stage.  I wanted more, I needed more.  When you look up epic in the dictionary, it instructs you to see Between The Buried And Me.  I promise we will cross paths again with these metal masters.  After all, I am their biggest fan.



I own two Underoath albums and this was my second Underoath show.  I still can’t make my mind up as to whether I like them or not.  Yes, Underoath sounds fierce and rocks hard live.  Yet, when they come up on random on my iPod, I find myself skipping over them.  Yes, they unleash a harsh sonic attack on a young and eager crowd.  Yet, no mater how hard try, I can never connect with the band because at the end of the day the whole thing feels fake and contrived.


Despite my feelings, the band (who does not have any remaining original members) did a fine job of performing songs that have spanned their career.  They even found time to sneak in two new songs from a record they hope drop sometime this fall.  Fans went crazy for songs like “Writing On The Walls” and “ Anyone Can Dig A Hole But It Takes A Real Man To Call It Home.”


What killed the set for me was the way the band ended their set.  I was aware walking into the show that the six piece group were Christians..  Before closing with “In Regards To Myself,” front man Spencer Chamberlain just had to take a moment and share that the bands believed in Jesus Christ.  They also made sure to state that it was a choice, all while insisting they were not forcing it down our throats.  However, by making the statement, they succeeded at gagging us with their beliefs.  We know you love Jesus, now just shut up and rock.


As I Lay Dying

After a day in which I witnessed a lot of new music, the payoff was a headline set by one of my favorite metal bands to emerge over the last decade, As I Lay Dying.  My sixth show from the group,  I was fired up to check out the five piece band currently touring in support of their brand new record The Powerless Rise.  The lights went down on the Palladium for the final time on this particular evening and the group started things on a high note with “94 Hours.”  The crowd went nuts as duel axe-men Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso criss-crossed the stage while cranking out chord after chord.


The band drew heavily from their latest release during the 50 minute set.  “Beyond Our Suffering” “Anodyne Sea” and “Vacancy” all killed.  One thing that is very impressive with As I Lay Dying’s live show is vocalist Tim Lambesis.  Many metal singers can’t come close to sounding as good live as they do in the studio.  In person, Tim sounds better than on recorded media.


The band wrapped up the night with a trip through their back catalogue.  They started with a nasty version of “Nothing Left.”  From there the band pleased the crowd with the Shadows Are Security track “Through Struggle.”  The energy level inside the old ballroom was the highest it had been all day and the band made sure to channel that energy for the final number.  Already past curfew, the band made some happy-birthday wishes before splitting the crowd in two for a celebratory wall of death.  It quickly became obvious to all in attendance, there was no safe place to hide.  Once the crowd surged towards each other, chaos ensued.  For an all day metal show it was the perfect conclusion.  While fans chanted for one more song, the lights came up and security began to force the crowd out of the exit doors.


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