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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Foo Fighters to play gig funded by crowdsource campaign

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As if he wasn’t already “The Nicest Man In Rock” (TM), Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters have now agreed to play a crowdsourced gig.

The band haven’t played a show in Richmond, Virgina for close to 16 years, so local resident Andrew Goldin started an online campaign to raise funds to book them.

The fundraising page reads: “It’s simple. The Foo Fighters haven’t played Richmond, Virginia since May 17, 1998. That’s more than 15 years ago and that’s way too long. So we’re taking it upon ourselves to bring ’em back!”. The ‘Help Bring The Foo Fighters Back To RVA’ campaign site is selling 1,400 tickets at $50 a ticket.

The band have now seemingly taken to Twitter to agree to play a show in the city, writing: “See ya soon”. However, a date has yet to be announced.

The new Foo Fighters album will be released this November. The album is currently untitled but was recorded in eight different studios in eight states across America. It will be accompanied by mini series Sonic Highways, broadcast on HBO, which will document the recording progress. Dave Grohl will operate as director on the project, following his Sound City documentary of 2013.

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