The schedule for Riot Fest in Chicago has been announced, and surprise, surprise: It appears local shock metal legends Gwar are listed as performing, seemingly indicating the band will carry on after the death of its dearly missed founder and leader, Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus.
"The Riot Fest has kept our spot warm for Gwar," wrote the band's manager, Jack Flanagan, in an email to Style. "We’ll have more information shortly."
The festival is slated for the weekend of Sept. 12-14. Other bands on the bill include The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Pussy Riot, Patti Smith, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Cheap Trick, Gogol Bordello, Mudhoney, Thurston Moore and the Flaming Lips.
Chris Bopst, Style's calendar editor, told us that Brockie had previously stipulated that should he ever leave the band, he would like to be replaced by a duo of a "7-foot-black man and a midget." So we'll see if that is what's in store.
Style is currently seeking comment from band members and will update with new information as soon as it's available.
Update, 2:45 p.m.:Gwar member Bobby Gorman told Style that the Chicago dates are just being held and the band hasn't decided yet whether to confirm the shows. Nothing else has been decided on future touring that was already in place at the time of Brockie's death. He did say the only date they are definitely playing right now is Gwar-B-Q in August at Hadad's Lake -- a show which also features the return of Ice-T's Body Count.