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GWAR Returns to Revolution in October; Here Are Five of the Band's Most Bizarre Recent Stage Tricks

GWAR, one of the longest-running collections of rock 'n' roll boogeymen around, returns to perform at Revolution on October 20. If it feels like the band has been parading around in its costumes with fake blood since before you can remember, that is likely true -- the band first got together in 1984.

To the credit of frontman Oderus Urungus and his cohorts, though, they update their legendary gross-out stage show for every tour. Some things are constant, of course, like the cannons and rifles full of fake blood, a food-coloring-like liquid that, curiously, dries purple and blue and stains everything. Fans who might have expensively colored hair, be aware.

This year marks a particularly ripe one for GWAR, seeing as it's an election year. On its stop through South Florida during the last presidential election, a jumbo-sized John McCain was made to wrestle a gigantic beetle, only to lose and have his intestines pulled out and splattered over the stage.

For bipartisan gross-out stuff, both Obama and Hillary Clinton also suffered similar fates (only they were forced to wrestle each other). There were demon babies and robots beaten into a pulp with their own metallic arms. It was all incredibly juvenile but, most of the time, embarrassingly hilarious.

So, we can't wait to see what GWAR might pull out in October. For hints, here are some of the most bizarre and grody stage moments from recent tours past.

John McCain versus a green space beetle
As mentioned before, here's GWAR killing John McCain as the band played on. Most of the humanoids who appeared onstage looked to have heads made from papier-mache for easier beheading.

Bye bye, Sarah Palin
The band reserved a particularly elaborate dismembering for everyone's favorite Alaskan. Before you get your political panties in a bunch thinking GWAR performs a "liberal" show, though, remember, GWAR kills everyone. The gut-spilling knows no party lines.

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Arielle Castillo
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