GWAR Guitarist Found Dead On Tour

Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, was found by his bandmates while they prepared for a border crossing. He was aged 34.

GWAR Guitarist Found Dead On Tour
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GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, has died aged 34. He joined the band in 2002 as the fifth guitarist to play the Flattus Maximus role in the Grammy-nominated band. No cause of death has been announced. In a statement released to Metal Sucks, frontman Dave Brockie wrote: "It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of Gwar must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. "There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR's current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans." Between tours Smoot was also recognised as a record producer, having recorded music for the likes of Skeletonwitch and Municipal Waste as well as the GWAR albums "Beyond Hell" and "Lust In Space". The Edmondton Journal (via Blabbermouth) claim that the band will go ahead with its scheduled tour date tonight (Friday) with support acts Every Time I Die and Ghoul And Warbeast, though this would contrast with the statement released by the band. Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe added to the condolences, crediting Smoot's technical ability and kindness: "He was an awesome dude and a great guitar player, as well as a talented engineer and producer. I recorded guest vocals for a few projects at his studio (the Kris Norris project, the [Jamey] Jasta solo record) and as a friend he refused to take my money in payment for the sessions. "He was always fun to tour with, hang with, and we will be deeply missed, especially in our hometown of Richmond. It was an honor to work with such a kind human being." This video with about Smoot's signature guitar gives a sense of his creative sense of humour. UG would like to extend its best wishes to the family and his friends at this difficult time.

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    eclipse812
    "i r do drugs 2 r b cool" Because when they make you talk like this drugs are really cool!....
    Jtrocks1356
    courageous93 wrote: If we have to lose people, which is always unfortunate news, why can't we lose a pop star for once? And DON'T say Amy Winehouse, she was an amazingly talented vocalist. I mean a mainstream, auto-tuned, sex-selling pop star.
    Probably because they're people too? Wanting somebody to die is pretty terrible and makes you pretty pathetic. It's unfortunate what happened to Cory, but desiring somebody else to die is again, pathetic.
    kaptkegan
    Not a GWAR fan, but RIP. Its always a sad day when you think about what his bandmates are feeling right now.
    reversegenesis
    Surely any human dying is more pressing news than Slipknot talking about what an album that might come out might sound like.
    SynysterSix
    I'm friends with his family. When I met the guy (3 months ago) He wasn't into drugs. Cory was a killer guitar player and my condolences go to his family.
    guitarlad89
    "i r do drugs 2 r b cool" Because when they make you talk like this drugs are really cool!.... something called sarcasm...
    BigVaden
    Never really followed GWAR, but if he was good enough of a guy for Randy Blythe to consider him a friend you know he was a quality dude. RIP, and condolences to his family and band.
    djc707
    I'm not much of a GWAR fan, but it's still very sad to hear this. RIP Cory
    Abacus11
    I was lucky enough to open for these guys with a band I was in around '99 - 2000... seriously awesome guys. This is sad news.
    JimDawson
    AlecBeretz wrote: he obviously died in brutal space combat. retards.
    Spread the word.
    JJ1990
    Did some lessons with him at Jamplay, who also got him to teach some lessons. He was hilarious! May he RIP!
    Jemstar
    Wow, I saw them at the begining of the year. First time they had played my city in years... one of the best shows i have ever seen. Was in the front row and got absoloutly drenched in blood and whatever else. Very sad news.
    gnfnrs
    Sad news im suppossed to see them saturday but that probably wont happen R.I.P
    CPDmusic
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: That sucks. It's going to be awkward when they announce the next Flattus Maximus. Everybody will be like, "I thought he was dead." Well... not everybody -- the 207 people that listen to GWAR.
    I band with only 207 fans that is able to make a living as a band for 25 years? Dear god, your logic is impeccable!
    Vypor
    I got to see GWAR twice this past couple years - once with Lamb of God and another with The Casualties. Sad news this is, I wonder if they will make fun of his death on stage like they normally do with all the other celebrities.
    SeriouslyDigita
    Devastating news, especially with all the humor and fun I've always come to expect from a GWAR article. I'll have to play my guitar extra hard for him tonight. R.I.P. Cory.. You will be missed.
    5t0rM
    I love their music, their attitude. They always made me smile... And now this... He will be truly missed. Come on Mr. Death, just take a break from collecting metalheads
    BassFishin
    I was sort of expecting to see this as the headline news...but I'm sure if you're a GWAR fan you know about this already.
    jac254
    eclipse812 wrote: "i r do drugs 2 r b cool" Because when they make you talk like this drugs are really cool!....
    I lol'ed for real.
    BassFishin
    Also, they JUST played in Chicago on Monday. I know some people that went...how weird that would be to see someone play their last show ever.
    Spaztikko
    zomgguitarz1234 wrote: MidniteHaze wrote: Probably drugs.. And if so, yet another musician to die for no reason at all. But drugs r cool. i r do drugs 2 r b cool
    Drugs also gave this guy excellent English skills.
    slaveskinJACKET
    That sucks. It's going to be awkward when they announce the next Flattus Maximus. Everybody will be like, "I thought he was dead." Well... not everybody -- the 207 people that listen to GWAR.
    courageous93
    If we have to lose people, which is always unfortunate news, why can't we lose a pop star for once? And DON'T say Amy Winehouse, she was an amazingly talented vocalist. I mean a mainstream, auto-tuned, sex-selling pop star.
    DeadRed
    Come on ultimate guitar, MSN covered this like 5 minutes after it happened
    bitchfist
    courageous93 wrote: If we have to lose people, which is always unfortunate news, why can't we lose a pop star for once? And DON'T say Amy Winehouse, she was an amazingly talented vocalist. I mean a mainstream, auto-tuned, sex-selling pop star.
    if that were to happen you would hear 10x more about them then you do now, and even if they weren't talented, they'd be praised as innovative and groundbreaking. so be careful what you wish for
    guitarmaniac88
    courageous93 wrote: If we have to lose people, which is always unfortunate news, why can't we lose a pop star for once? And DON'T say Amy Winehouse, she was an amazingly talented vocalist. I mean a mainstream, auto-tuned, sex-selling pop star.
    You are a sad person for wishing that, I hate pop and wouldn't say that. First of all, it did happen, And they are still talking about his overly medicated body, and his doctor's involvement, TWO YEARS LATER! I never have liked GWAR, but it's still terrible that this happened.
    slaveskinJACKET
    CPDmusic wrote: slaveskinJACKET wrote: That sucks. It's going to be awkward when they announce the next Flattus Maximus. Everybody will be like, "I thought he was dead." Well... not everybody -- the 207 people that listen to GWAR. I band with only 207 fans that is able to make a living as a band for 25 years? Dear god, your logic is impeccable!
    I was joking, man. As somebody who apparently appreciates GWAR, of all bands, I would [apparently wrongfully] assume that you could see that. And if it wasn't for Beavis and Butt-head and Bam Margera, I think that most of the general public would have no idea who GWAR is -- and I'm sure most of them have never even heard a GWAR song before. I think 207 is a good rough generalization. Actually, I would be surprised if 207 people here knew of the character Flattus Maximus before this. It's a shame the guy died, but all I was saying was that he wasn't the first Flattus Maximus, and he's surely not the last. I was just poking at their fanbase. I'm proud to be a casual member of the 207.
    dragozan
    dragozan wrote: slaveskinJACKET wrote: That sucks. It's going to be awkward when they announce the next Flattus Maximus. Everybody will be like, "I thought he was dead." Well... not everybody -- the 207 people that listen to GWAR. Oderus said that theyre retiring the character in Corey's honour. VERY sad news. RIP Flattus! Sincerely, a vegetarian he had yet to eat
    Oh, and have some respect please. Thanks
    GasPipe
    Platt3 wrote: I have never said this about a musician who has died before, but I honestly believe the world is a better place now.[/quote] You seem like a nice guy.
    CR!$+@
    Never really was a fan of GWAR but, he was a damn good guitarist and I wish his family the best. RIP Cory
    Mr. Berkowitz
    zomgguitarz1234 wrote: But drugs r cool. i r do drugs 2 r b cool
    I lol'd as well. Also, I thought Gwar were aliens? That kind of bugs me that they would lie about that.
    dustydan95
    even though i don't like their music, i still offer my condolences to the band. R.I.P (said in italian)
    Lowie18
    Haven't ever listened to GWAR... But it's always a sad day when a musician dies, especially a metalhead. RIP
    Redsectoreh
    Holy shit man RIP. I was thinking about going to that show tonight. Sorry to nitpick but it's spelled "Edmonton". Edmondton just looks stupid.
    b_flo
    Man, this sucks! Was looking forward to working with them. R.I.P.