GWAR’s Dave Brockie given Viking pyre send-off

David Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Ffile Photos
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Late GWAR frontman Dave Brockie – a.k.a Oderus Urungus – has been memorialised with a Viking style send-off.

His bandmates used their annual GWAR-B-Q in Virginia to pay tribute to the singer who died back in March following an accidental heroin overdose.

Brockie’s stage costume was set alight in a funeral pyre on Hadad’s Lake near Richmond.

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, who was a close friend of the singer, said: “Watching my friend Dave’s costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me that the private memorial for friends and family we had on April Fool’s Day.

“I spoke at both of them and both times were sad. But watching his alter ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial. Maybe because there was Dave, the human and my friend who just left us; and then there was Oderus, who was something else entirely. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life go up in flames.

“It was a super-intense moment – very beautiful, but overwhelming.”

Brockie was the last surviving member of the original GWAR lineup, following the death of guitarist Cory Smoot in 2011. Smoot had suffered a heart attack whilst on tour.

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GWAR to open bar via Indiegogo campaign

Metal band GWAR have started a crowdsourcing campaign with the aim of raising $50,000 to open a bar.

You can watch the campaign video above.

The band’s Indiegogo campaign page notes that the band hope to “change the dinning [sic] experience in much the same way that Gwar changed the concert-going experience (well, maybe, without quite as much mess).”

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised just over $10,000 of it’s $50,000 target. Incentives listed on the site for potential investors include everything from a free entrée at the bar when it opens (for $100) to a “cooking class with BalSac,” the group’s giant-jawed character (for $750). Two would-be funders so far have claimed personal seats at the bar for $1,000 each so they can “feel like Norm” from Cheers.

The group acknowledge frontman Dave Brockie, who went by the name “Oderus Urungus” and died earlier this year, in their Indiegogo description, saying that his death has made them “more determined than ever” to get the establishment opened. GWAR wants the money to renovate a kitchen they have found so they can serve “gourmet junk food” and a smokehouse to create their own “Gwar-B-Q.” They also want to open a beer garden.

You can read more and pledge to the campaign by visiting GWARbar’s Indiegogo campaign page.

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Gwar frontman, Dave Brockie, dies

GwarShotDave Brockie, frontman of metal mainstays Gwar, has died at the age of 50.

It is being reported that his body was found by his roommates last night. The cause of his death is not yet known. A statement from his management company is expected later today (24th March.)

Gwar formed in 1984 with their aesthetic heavily inspired by science-fiction and horror. Band members adopted stage names, with Brockie being better known as his alter-ego, Oderus Urungus. Nominated for two Grammy awards, they went through many lineup changes, with Brockie being the only band member to be present in them all. Their 13th studio album, Battle Maximus, was released just last year.

The band’s former bassist, Mike Bishop, has said: “Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic people I’ve known. He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent – hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art.”

“His penchant for scatological humour belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist. A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.”

Gwar had just completed a tour of Australia, during which they decapitated an effigy of the nation’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, resulting in an outburst of anger from the Australian press.

The band had previously been hit by tragedy when guitarist Cory Smoot died on tour while travelling through Canada. His stage character Flattus Maximus was retired as a mark of respect.

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