Video Footage of Cory Smoot’s Final GWAR Performance
GWAR’s final performance with guitarist Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus, before his unexpected death, was at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minn. The band called First Avenue one of their favorite places to play and fan-filmed videos from their live show that night have surfaced and are being shared to honor Smoot’s legacy and to celebrate his talent.
Smoot was found dead by his bandmates while crossing into Canada on the morning of Nov. 3. GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, recently opened up about the sudden loss of his friend and bandmate, saying, “We found Cory the next morning as we collected passports for a border crossing. He was in his bunk, unresponsive, and it quickly was clear that he was dead."
Brockie said, "It was without a doubt the most horrible moment of my life. That’s all I can say about it.” Brockie also called Smoot “one of the most talented guitar players in metal today.”
GWAR has vowed to stay out on the road and finish out their current tour, because, according to the band, “Cory would want us to go on and would be pissed if we didn’t.”
The character of Flattus Maximus will officially be retired in Cory’s honor.
Check out a few videos below of Cory’s last performance with GWAR at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minn.