Friday night. Hollywood. Sunset strip. GWAR. There is nothing like leaving a place looking like you just took part in a triple homicide to really make you feel alive or disgusted, not sure which.
My sister was in town and so one our dear friends thought it would be a fantastic idea to really treat them to the good life and take them to a GWAR show. Now, never listening to GWAR and only really knowing them from a clip from Empire Records, I had no idea what to expect. First, we needed to prep, and prep we did at the Rainbow Room.
This place was fantastic. Delicious, affordable and non-pretentious. Shortly after opening in ’72, The Rainbow became known as a hangout for rock musicians and their groupies. Notable regulars at the Rainbow in this period include Lemmy, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Micky Dolenz, Grace Slick, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Janis Joplin,Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Lizzy Valentine and many others. Elvis Presley was known to have occasionally visited the Rainbow. John Belushi actually ate his last meal (lentil soup) at table #16.
Now for the blood-thirsty-costume-wearing-sex-crazed-yo-gabba-gabba-singing GWAR. Now this is a satirical heavy metal band formed in Virginia in 1984 (good year for rockers).
The band is well known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature “humorous” enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.
I mean come on, they dedicated a song to JonBenet Ramsey and not a good one. Then the icing on the cake was when Justin Beiber came out and, shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behavior, they mutilated him as well.