click to enlarge A detail of GWARbar just before it opened on New Year's Eve.

Scott Elmquist

A detail of GWARbar just before it opened on New Year's Eve.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lamb of God Gets in on the Act

John Cambell of Lamb of God will take over the late shift at GWARbar tonight.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:20 PM

It'll be a clash of titans, a conflict in the metal world, a battle of bands without music ... actually, it won't be. Lamb of God's bass player John Campbell and his long, silver locks are scheduled to pick up a shift tonight at GWARbar, according to RVA Magazine. The two bands have a long history.

Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe told a story at GWAR frontman Dave Brockie's memorial service last April of a miserable night in the band's early days, playing in front of an almost empty Twisters (now Strange Matter) on West Grace Street. As Blythe was dragging out the band's equipment, he saw Brockie leaning against the bar. "It's a long way to the top if you want to rock 'n' roll," he said to Blythe. And laughed in his loud, booming Brockie laugh.

Still, they became friends despite Brockie's annoying jab. (It wouldn't be the last one.) Blythe and the band admired him and his immense creative energy. Their first big tour was as GWAR's opening act, and since then, Lamb of God has gone on to attain superstardom in the heavy metal world.

So obviously, who else would you expect behind the new bar at GWARbar other than a member of Lamb of God? Everybody needs to pick up a little change now and then, while helping out friends. Campbell will work the 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift.

Or perhaps Campbell is taking over the bar for another reason.

"I woke up after a bender at GWAR's HQ and because of my boyish good looks, I was given a choice between being fed to the World Maggot or serving to further GWAR's culinary endeavors," said Campbell in a press release. "Unfortunately, the maggot had indegestion (sic) so I have to work a shift at the GWARbar."

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