Friends and family of the late Cory Smoot want to honor his musical accomplishments, and not just his work as the lead guitarist of the Richmond-based shock-rock band, Gwar.
A tribute concert at the Canal Club has been set for Jan. 7, featuring a slew of local heavy metal and punk bands paying homage to the fallen guitar player and studio owner. “This show is to honor the legacy and memory of a great man and all he did to inspire fellow musicians and fans all over the world,” co-organizer and childhood friend Eve Alleyne says in a release. “All of the bands represented were friends of Cory’s and [we] would like to pay homage by bringing together as much of the local music scene as we can muster.”
In addition to a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, the concert will mark the release of a full-length solo CD credited to the Cory Smoot Experiment. “When Worlds Collide” was a disc that Smoot, 34, had finished shortly before he was discovered dead in his bunk aboard the Gwar tour bus Nov. 3. An initial autopsy report by Pembina, N.D., officials proved inconclusive as to the cause of his death.
Scheduled to appear at the all-ages show are bands such as Mensrea, Cannabis Corpse, Antietam 1862, Throne From Royalty, Make Like Murder and the Dave Brockie Experience. Proceeds will go directly to the Smoot Family. “When Worlds Collide” also will be made available as a download from Amazon.com.