GWAR Seek Funding to Open Their Own 'GWAR Bar' Restaurant

So called 'Gwar-B-Q' will sell 'gourmet junk food' if the band secure funding.

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GWAR are seeking $50,000 (£30,000) to open their own "gourmet junk food" restaurant, NME reports. Watch a promotional video for the establishment below.

The band have started their own fellow musiciansIndiegogo page to seek funding for their so-called "GWAR-B-Q" and are offering those who invest different incentives depending on the sum they are willing to contribute.

The band promise that their establishment will "change the dining experience in much the same way that GWAR changed the concert-going experience (well, maybe, without quite as much mess)."

$100 (£) will get investors a free entree upon entry to the restaurant while $750 (£448) gets fans a cooking lesson with band member BalSac. So far, 5 people have invested $1000 in order to "feel like Norm" and own a seat at the bar. At the time of writing, GWAR have $10,000 (£6,000) of their grand total.

The restaurant plan follows another of the band's dreams, building a statue in tribute to late frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, who died in March. Gwar plan to build the monument in Richmond, Virginia, where Brockie lived.

Brockie's body was found at home by his roommates on March 23, prompting an outpouring of tributes from fellow musicians. Known for their outrageous costumes and prosthetics, thrash metal band Gwar released their 13th album in 2013 and mark their 30th anniversary this year.

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    Jimjambanx
    Seems like a great way to honour Oderus Urungus, opening up a kickass bar in his name sounds sick!
    rocker222
    this would be so cool!!! will everyone who is working there be dressed up in some type of crazy costume?
    ninjamo
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gwarb... Just wish I had 2500 bucks to throw down for a drink named after me.
    the_bi99man
    ...and a misspelling in the first sentence of the pitch. Classy. Looking forward to a great [i]dinning experience, GWAR. Edit: It might not be a misspelling, if they intend for the restaurant to be filled with confusing noise. And they might.
    Chronologo
    Gwar-B-Q nice wordplay there, I don't live in the States but I hope they can get this running. Maybe one day if it succeds I'll drop by
    logicbdj
    Seek funding? Musicians who can fill large concert venues... and they've been doing it for years... don't have $50k among the group's members?
    AxemanRob
    You'd be surprised how expensive touring is, you'd need to be in a pretty big band to be earning big money.
    bangbang!!
    It's also a good way to test the waters and see if people are actually interested and willing to pay.
    logicbdj
    It must be expensive... they've been around since 1984 and all members can't scratch together 50k.
    MichaelScarn
    theyve also had expenses for 30 years as well, its not like they have been hoarding it- plus theyre musicians, and musicians arent known for being smart with their money
    Sixxstarr
    you have no idea what being a touring band is like do you? especially with a band like gwar that puts on shows with a lot of props and stuff.
    the_bi99man
    "Brockie's body was found at home by his roommates on March 23" These guys are a metal band with a dedicated cult following, not pop stars. All 13 studio albums together haven't broken a million sales in the US, and while they do considerably better in Europe, bands hardly get anything from record sales, anyway. Touring is where musicians make their money, and GWAR spends a lot of money putting on their shows, and also doesn't play crazy massive shows like stadium rock bands or pop artists. Sorry to rain on what I assume is youthful idealism and enthusiam, but it's actually insanely hard to get wealthy making music, and requires even more luck than it does talent and persistence. Particularly for non-mainstream bands, you might make a pretty good living if you get big enough, but very few are getting rich. You'd probably be surprised how many bands you like, and probably assume have tons of money sitting around, actually don't have enough to retire on, and would have have to get jobs within in a few years if they stopped making music. Also, like bangbang said, it's a good way to see if people are even interested, before committing to spending any of their own money, or even their investors' money. Maybe they could "scratch together 50k", but's opening a gore metal band themed restaurant isn't exactly something you drop a ton of money on after just "scratching it together".