RIP GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot, aka “Flattus Maximus”


Cory Smoot
GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, better known as “Flattus Maximus”, was found dead Thursday as the band prepared to cross the border into Canada as part of their ongoing North American tour. The cause of death has not yet been determined. The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the tour will continue as planned. Read the statement below from GWAR leader Dave Brockie, aka “Oderus Urungus” (via

“It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time 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. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him.”

-Dave Brockie-

GWAR Tour Dates

  • 11/04/11 Fri Edmonton Event Centre Edmonton, AB
  • 11/05/11 Sat MacEwan Hall Ballroom Calgary, AB
  • 11/07/11 Mon Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
  • 11/08/11 Tue Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
  • 11/09/11 Wed Roseland Theater Portland, OR
  • 11/10/11 Thu Medford Armory Medford, OR
  • 11/11/11 Fri The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
  • 11/12/11 Sat House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
  • 11/13/11 Sun Glass House Pomona, CA
  • 11/14/11 Mon Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
  • 11/15/11 Tue Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
  • 11/16/11 Wed Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
  • 11/18/11 Fri East Side Drive In Austin , TX
  • 11/19/11 Sat House Of Blues Dallas, TX
  • 11/20/11 Sun House of Blues Houston, TX
  • 11/22/11 Tue The Masquerade (Hell Stage) Atlanta, GA
  • 11/23/11 Wed Stadium Green Iguana Tampa, FL
  • 11/25/11 Fri Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
  • 11/26/11 Sat Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/27/11 Sun Toad’s Place New Haven, CT

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