Posted in metal | music on March 28, 2014

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This week started with the sad news that GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) had died. Since we first posted, GWAR's manager released another official statement:

On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days. Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

According to local Richmond, VA station WTVR, authorities are treating the death as drug-related, though TMZ said "one law enforcement source said, "There were no drugs found, as far as I know.". TMZ also points out that Brockie was sitting in a chair when found

Just last week, GWAR announced the date for this year's GWAR-B-Q: August 16 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, VA. (We went last year.) It will still happen as planned (ticket info TBA), and the official Brockie public memorial will take place the day before (8/15) at Hadad's Lake. More info to come.

Some of the members of GWAR -- past and present -- talked to WTVR in a memorial piece which you can watch below.

Meanwhile, other tributes have been flooding in from all over. Jon Stewart, who used to bartend at NJ club City Gardens where GWAR often played (watch an entire 1988 concert shot there below), mentioned Brockie's death when interviewing Gibby Haynes earlier this week on The Daily Show; TOOL dedicated their show on Monday (8/24) in Cedar Park, TX to Brockie; FOX News show Red Eye, on which Oderus appeared many times, paid tribute on Tuesday (watch below); and Williamsburg's Vinnie's Pizza in Brooklyn has GWAR specials today on their well-known specials board:

The specials menu @ Vinnie's in Brooklyn today (3/28)
Vinnies

Over at Invisible Oranges, Scab Casserole penned a funny, moving tribute to Oderus:

Too often, we take metal too seriously. There's a reason for that -- many of us were lost before we found metal, so to laugh at the thing that made us complete seems like blasphemy. For many, the best metal is defined by how true-ness, by stern beliefs and hard limits held by musicians concerning everything from politics to production values. On top of that, good metal is created through hard work by ultra-dedicated musicians, which is no joke if your music of choice is incredibly technical and atmospheric. But metal is also gross. The majority of us are boozy, eczema-riddled, semi-literate jackasses, even those legendary figures we like to idolize. Cliff Burton took rank shits and Euronymous jacked off on his mother's sheets. GWAR were honest about all that, even under a hundred pounds of foam rubber. They were the KISS of the '90s, when things like KISS had been recognized as totally silly, even if they were also totally awesome. GWAR expressed their politics by beheading Ronald Reagan onstage. They didn't invite you into the GWAR Army, they threw you into the Slave Pit or fed you to the alien. Their songs contained traces of grunge, funk, alternative, and even hip-hop, because why not? Nothing is sacred, everything is awful, let's have fun.
Read the whole thing -- and we highly suggest you do, it's great -- over at Invisible Oranges.

Though we think "Scumdogs of the Universe" is a true classic, GWAR are probably the ultimate "must see live" band and there's really no better tribute to Brockie than to watch footage of his endless creativity and humor, onstage as Oderus. We've got lots of clips -- as well as some infamous TV appearances (Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer) and their Empire Records cameo -- below....

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GWAR members pay tribute to Dave Brockie

Justin Bieber Murdered in HD by GWAR

GWAR on Jerry Springer

Gwar on Joan Rivers

Nardwuar vs GWAR

GWAR - Much Music 1990

GWAR City Gardens, Trenton, NJ 04 11 1988

GWAR Pyramid Club, NYC 1989

Soundwave TV 2014 Gwar (Oderus Urungus) Interview

Gwar Playing Maggots & Sick of You

GWAR in 'Empire Records

'Red Eye' pays tribute to Oderus

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Comments (41)

Jesus Christ, enough already

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 1:53 PM

^ With pointless commentary from posters like you? I agree.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:08 PM

^ oh but you're really adding value to the conversation there, genius

#irony

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:10 PM

^Agreed, and like much of the idiots who comment on here, irony is a concept they are unable to grasp.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:15 PM

2:08- Actually calling attention to an example of a pointless comment isn't ironic, it is providing a definition. Not a very hard concept. Then again, you used an unnecessary hashtag and implied I was unintelligent. THAT is irony.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:32 PM

^Don't kid yourself, you are extremely unintelligent.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:45 PM

Actually, implying that another comment is without merit, and limiting the substance of your comment to that self important value judgement, is pretty much the definition of irony because:
(a) the thread is not about comment quality on BV, but rather about tributes for OU;
(b) you do not re-direct the conversation back to the intended subject, nor propose an alternative compelling related one;
(c) your comment offers no solution, other than you being the final arbiter of comment quality on BV, which may seem perfectly reasonable in your delusional little head but it essentially a pointless argument

hence, like a virgin.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:49 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:54 PM

2:49 wins

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:56 PM

I wish the headline could be "Two Narcissistic Asshole BV Commenters Perish in Giantpussyf!ght Over Their Supposed Intelligence (NO TRIBUTES RUSHING IN)"

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 3:13 PM

^ did you mean "giant pussy fight"? I ask because it's easier to understand when you actually spell it out in English.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 3:20 PM

^ the comment was "held" a few times and I wasn't sure why, so i had to do it that way. Sorry if it was a strain for you to read it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 3:58 PM

^Also wondering if the two narcissistic assholes find any comfort in you adding to the idiocy by assuming it was just two people making comments

Hint: It wasn't

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 4:02 PM

So shocking to see a bunch of dildos commenting here.

RIP Dave.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 4:07 PM

So shocking some sausage gets offended by wind blowing by

So sad, so predictable

just smh

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 4:15 PM

So when they threw a "crack party" was that actually for real or is that just part of the Gwar humor?

I honestly have no idea. Don't follow this band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 4:21 PM

I knew some friends that got all messed up from crack back inna day. I personally have no idea what anyone would find funny about that. So there you go sausages, you're not the only victim in the room. You feel happy now?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 4:27 PM

I obviously hurt your feelings, 4:02. I'm sorry. Try to enjoy your night.

Posted by 3:13 / 3:58 | March 28, 2014 4:39 PM

all slap fighting aside here, quoting TMZ as a source for anything is embarrassing. They couldn't report the fucking weather correctly if they were broadcasting live from a rooftop. No one needs TMZ chiming in on anything.... ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 5:39 PM

FACT: TMZ has more understanding of current events than 5:39

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 6:32 PM

^ did Harvey steal your girlfriend or something? Or maybe you just don't have enough stress in your life?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 6:49 PM

Excellent 4:39/3:13, you can add delusional to the already stellar title of moron you previously achieved.

Good work fuckhead. Good work.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 7:58 PM

Remember seeing Gwar at Lamour East in Brooklyn, at the end of the concert we were covered in blue and red. all the speakers were covered in plastic. Also remember going to a Gwar film opening at The Limelight. They played as the XCOPS, does anyone remember XCOPS which was a morbid Gwar side project. R.I.P Oderus thanks for the gory memories.

Posted by Tin Veil | March 29, 2014 1:22 AM

What's your problem? I was trying to apologize.

Posted by 4:39 | March 29, 2014 7:45 AM

No 1:22 I don't remember any of that

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2014 11:34 AM

I was hoping someone would comment on how shitty vinnies pizza is.

Posted by BOBO | March 29, 2014 1:48 PM

rip in peace green jellö

all my prays

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2014 7:24 AM

The only band that I always looked forward to seeing anymore... They used to play Ventura theatre, a small venue in So Cal. RIP Dave, thanks for all the great times.

Posted by DK_Lush | March 31, 2014 12:08 PM

^ you lived in Ventura - hahahahhaha. The Staten Island of LA.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 12:41 PM

^ that you knew So Cal geography and demographics enough to make this comment exposes you as another interloper. You loose.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 1:48 PM

I 'loose'? I spent 10 years in LA. You tried to pass off the Ventura Theater as "a small venue in SoCal" instead of admitting that you often went to the only real venue in your shitty little town. You 'loose'.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 1:55 PM

Gwar fan till I'm gone ! RIP Oderus music will never be the same!

Posted by James Payne | April 1, 2014 8:59 PM

It's funny what mouthy tough guys people become in the safety of their home in front of a computer.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2014 10:20 PM

Where you want to meet? We are totally tough and can back up our words with serious fisticuffs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2014 10:56 PM

i farted

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 2:41 AM

never forgotten !!!DAVE YOU WERE THE MONSTER OF METAL!!REST IN PEACE ETERNALLY!!!

Posted by samuel randrup | May 17, 2014 12:49 AM

To much caddy bitchiness online you should all be made into Gwar-b-q and devoured! R.I.P Oderus Urungus the Shock rock metal legend!

Posted by J Rod | May 24, 2014 4:02 PM

^ how about you take the fucking halloween costume off and come out in the street and show us all how tough you are big guy

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2014 5:56 PM

^ Oh shut the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2014 9:42 PM

^pussy coward

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2014 10:08 PM

^ Oh it's the little shit who posted in the Chrissy Hynde post.

Run along with your passive-aggressive nonsense.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2014 1:20 AM

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