Fan-filmed video footage of GWAR‘s final concert with guitarist Cory Smoot (a.k.a. Flattus Maximus) — which took place on November 2, 2011 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota — can be seen below.
Smoot was found dead as the U.S. band was about to enter Canada on Thursday morning, November 3. He was 34 years old.
GWAR is two weeks into a six-week North American tour, which features three other bands — EVERY TIME I DIE, GHOUL and WARBEAST.
GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, said in a statement that “at this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother” and asked for privacy.
He called Smoot “one of the most talented guitar players in metal today.”
Manager Jack Flanagan told the Associated Press there’s no word yet on funeral arrangements.
Smoot joined GWAR in 2002 and first appeared on the band’s 2004 album “War Party”. He was the fifth guitarist to play the character of Flattus Maximus, known by his red face, white dreadlocks, dinosaur-head shoulder pads and reptile feet.
Born August 25, 1977, Smoot previously played in metal bands MISGUIDED and LOCUS FACTOR and continued to play with MENSREA, in addition to establishing his own solo project, THE CORY SMOOT EXPERIMENT.