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Petition Launched Urging NFL To Pick GWAR For 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Now it can be told: I once interviewed Dave Brockie, aka GWAR lead man Oderus Urungus, for a music site. He called me and began the conversation thusly: “Human scum, it is I, the lead singer of the sickest band in metal history.”

It’s the only time someone has called me human scum in an interview. Except for Bobby Knight of course.

GWAR, the heavy metal rock band that pioneered the science fiction Halloween costume look, is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary — making them the oldest band to still wear spikes and lizard makeup. And their decrepitude makes them a perfect candidate to host the Super Bowl halftime show.

There’s a petition rolling across Change.org aiming to achieve that very thing.

The time for GWAR to address the nation is NOW.

Every year people complain about who the halftime show is going to feature, now we are telling you who we want: WE WANT GWAR in 2015!

Why should articles like “Bruno Mars Announced For Super Bowl Halftime Show, Gwar Waits Until Next Year (Again)” (from Screen Junkies) be a joke?

We don’t want another year of sitting around talking through a muted, boring NFL Super Bowl halftime show. We want something different. We want a real spectacle that only GWAR can provide. Doesn’t the NFL want more viewers? Don’t advertisers want more people paying attention? This way everyone wins.

Plus, GWAR’s relationship with American football is one of the strongest in music. Front man Dave Brockie writes a football column for MetalSucks.com called “Necessary Roughness” even the “The Dan Patrick Show” has an Oderous mask on display. It’s been suggested by Sports Illustrated that GWAR should become mascots!

Actually that reads like it was written by Brockie himself. Regardless, more than 17,500 signatures so far.

How can you not root for a band that gave us album titles such as “This Toilet Earth” (1994) and “Lust in Space” (2009)? Although short on actual musical talent, GWAR is long on theatrics and showmanship, and isn’t that what Super Bowl halftime is all about anyway?

Plus it would be entertaining from a fan perspective. My favorite part of my Brockie interview was him explaining how his fans, now in their 50s and 60s, still try to do the slam pit.

“Dudes in their 50s in the slam pit. They can’t take it. You see heads jammed between monitors; guys slamming into railings; huge guards beating them senseless. Bad stuff: much worse even than what we’re doing on stage.”

Give us Roger Goodell and Phil Simms in the slam pit — that would be a Super Bowl halftime I’d actually watch.

  • Dustin Sain

    Saying GWAR is “short on actual musical talent” shows you have no idea what you are talking about. They are extremely talented, established musicians who have been playing for 30 years. Listen to an album or 2 before basing your opinion of their musical talent off of stuff you Googled 5min before you wrote the article.

  • BoingBoing87

    They have tremendous amounts of musical talent you dumbass

  • Anonymous

    Love GWAR since they formed in the RVA (even though Brockie’s a frigging Canadian but I digress), but seriously, Bruno Mars? NFL, four letters and a symbol–AC/DC!

  • Jason

    Rick Chandler you are a fucktard!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Rofl! “short on actual musical talent”. What a clown. Wtf do you listen to, Rick? Barry Manilow? GWAR makes better music after eating Mexican than your favorite band does after a team of writers, producers and millions of dollars of cutting edge equipment make it for them.

  • Augurydrone

    Eat a dick Rick

  • Sandi Fisher-Thibeault

    Well far from being in my 50′s to 60′s but Gwar are musical talent. If you have never been to a show then who are you to say anything? I have seen kids from 10 to adults of 60. Gwar are still being followed. Will you be able to say that after over 25 years? They write their own music, make their own props and after all these years still keep a crowd energetic. Very few bands can say the same. Sad how every bubblegum band beats out a band that has had a following as long as Gwar. Before you judge musical talent you should learn what music is about.

  • Andrew

    Seen them 42 times and counting! Awesome if the OAKLAND RAIDERS make it to the superbowl and GWAR at half time! I know let me dream real big….

  • Mikey

    Better then Red Necks and Rappers

  • Anonymous

    I might actually *watch* the Stupor-Bowl halftime show with Gwar on it!

  • Anonymous

    I might actually *watch* the Stupor-Bowl halftime show with Gwar on it!

  • Kira

    “Decrepitude”? Are you seriously that desperate for words that you’ll use one that sounds cool even if you don’t know the definition – and hope that your readers are less educated than you are? Decrepitude, no. Depravity, yes. THAT, I believe, is the word you were looking for. I have supplied the definition for you since you don’t seem to know what a dictionary is.

    Definition of decrepitude (n)


    [ di kréppi tood ]

    condition of being worn out: the condition of being old, worn out, or in poor working order

    Synonyms: decay, dilapidation, ruin, shabbiness

  • drizzlor

    Short on musical talent?? you’re an arse buddy

  • Just Seighin

    Guys, guys, it hardly matters what this guy has to say about GWAR, as he didn’t even bother to make sure he put in Jim NANTZ’s name properly. Obviously, he’s short on substance, but big on opinion.

  • Raph

    I love GWAR..they got music chops.

  • Joe 666

    I guess someone else posted the video? Cause you could watch Let Us Slay, if you know anything about music, and see the talent and technicality of the music. Next time, watch the video you are posting with the article.

  • Lester Johnson

    The Talent in that band is unreal. Even when a member leaves the band and a new one comes in it amazing. To anyone who says they have no talent needs to look up the cd, Scumdogs of the universe and America Must be Destroyed. Start there. Metal, Jazz, chops get real. GWAR Superbowl this year.

  • Angie Barbarian

    You’re damn right. Super talented group.

  • Angie Barbarian

    Who the fu*k does Rick Chandler think he is sayin’ that the ALMIGHTY GWAR is short on musical talent. Sounds like a freakin’ John Tesh fan to me!

  • stephen smith


  • Anonymous

    Gwar actually plays their own (often intricately layers) songs, and they’re “short on musical talent”?

    How ’bout Madonna, who can’t play or write music, and can barely sing? How ’bout the Black Eyed Peas, who require autotune even for their raps? Destiny’s Child just performs songs others write for them and teach them, like trained seals.

    Gwar not only encompasses the violence & competitive spirit of football, but they’re excellent musicians, on par with the E-Street Band and Prince (well, maybe not Prince).

  • Noah Ferestad

    You really need to go to a show if you don’t think they have musical talent. I remember seeing them in Chicago where every member switched instruments and they were STILL amazing. A single member has more talent than most entire bands do.

  • VBnoris

    Only a Bieber fan would say that GWAR is “short on talent”. Was Brockie in character when he made the “50s & 60s” comment? That would explain a lot. 30s & 40s, sure, but much older? Never seen it at any shows I’ve been to.

  • danzo

    That’s freak power X’S 100. and they could never be considered as sell outs for doing a gig like this, cause they would be mind fucking the shit out of a huge population of humans. I cant wait to see what their wardrobe malfunctions going to be. odurous’s penis gets chopped off? (again)
    I wont even comment on the brainwashed ‘scum’ that proclaimed gwar to have no talent.

    melt some faces and fuck some humanoid skulls… LET THEM SLAY, I SAY!

  • Jennawarriorprincess

    I say Sports Grid should fire this Rick bloke. Anyone who is a reporter should look into the topic they are writing about, and if he looked into it he would see that GWAR is filled with musical talent.

  • ron


  • Metal Defender

    Short on musical talent? Metal is musicians music. Those that think it it just screaming and yelling have no idea what they’re talking about. Rick Chandler, what bands do you think have musical talent? The Beatles? Dave Matthews Band? I have no idea what your taste in music is, but just because you don’t like metal doesn’t give you the right to say that GWAR is “short on musical talent”.

  • Kayrenee

    Marry me, loki_thegod!!!!!!!!! I have never seen Gwar live but I did got see ”
    Ex-Cops” and that show is in my top 10. :D

  • Kayrenee

    I wish I could like your comment more than just once. However, I’m to tired from work to make more accounts. Either way, you nailed it so hard, Angie. :)

  • Anonymous

    Nice, “trained seals”! That’s sweet.

  • Anonymous

    When I went to see them every year 20 years ago there were always a bunch of crusty old punks there.

  • metalnorm

    GWAR would be a kick ass chioce, I believe al those guys went to Virginia Commomwealth College

  • metalnorm

    all damnit m/

  • VBnoris

    I’ve seen them the last couple times they played the House of Blues Chicago and had to fight with some damn 20somethings just to get on the floor. Wouldn’t even dare going near the bar. They were worse than rabid hyenas trying to get some lovin from the cuttlefish of Cthulhu.

  • Joelle

    Exactly my thought when I read that part! Absolute bullsh*t!

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