Last night in Richmond Virginia, the music world lost a larger than life legend. Perhaps best known by his stage name Oderus Urungus, GWAR frontman and mastermind Dave Brockie passed away at the age of 50. Here is the official statement from the band’s manager, Jack Flanagan.
“It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.
My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
While there were many things that made GWAR unique, one of the most remarkable things the band accomplished was the fact you didn’t need to know a single song to find yourself wrapped up in their warped world. From decapitating world leaders to covering their audience with fake cum and blood, the live GWAR experience was like no other. One could walk in knowing nothing and walk out a fan for life, assuming they were not offended over the outlandish antics of a band that claimed Antarctica as their adopted home base.
GWAR’s reach into media went well beyond the stage. From a legendary 1990’s appearance on the Jerry Springer Show to numerous appearances (and eventual banning) on the Fox News Network program Red Eye, Brockie never held back. If he wanted to say something, he simply would. There was no line for him to cross, he pissed that away from his massive and often exposed cock years ago. In the event TV is not your thing, perhaps you would be shocked to know that Brockie was a fan of the Washington Redskins, and wrote about football on the Metal Sucks website.
Outside of the Oderus costume, Brockie was one of the funniest and intelligent individuals you could encounter. Be it with GWAR or The Dave Brockie Experience, you could often see the beloved front man hanging with fans before or after the set. Never one to charge for the VIP Experience like so many other artists, Brockie was always down to take a photo, shake your hand, and sign various body parts.
With GWAR celebrating their 30th year of existence here in 2014, there is now an irreplaceable hole left in the hard rock and heavy metal world. Truly one of a kind, Dave Brockie is dead at 50. Look for him to be snubbed in the Grammy memorial tribute reel next February.