GWAR Frontman Dave Brockie: Dead At 50! (Video)
“I wish it was a joke! Everyone is in shock.” ~ Chris Bopst (former Bassist for GWAR)
Dave Brockie – also known as Oderus Urungus – the founder and lead singer of renowned satirical Thrash Metal band GWAR, has died. Brockie was 50. Reportedly, his body was found by roommates at his home, Sunday evening (March 23). No reason for Brockie’s death is known yet. Former GWAR Bassist: Mike Bishop said:
“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known. He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art. His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! 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.”
“I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR. My friend Dave Brockie has left the building and taken off back to his home planet.”, said LAMB OF GOD Vocalist: Randy Blythe (via Instagram) – he toured with GWAR in 2009.
Who Is GWAR?
Gwar is a highly satirical thrash metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1984. The band is well known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes. Despite various explanations that Gwar is an acronym for something, band members have insisted from its inception that the letters do not stand for anything.
Indeed, their official website indicates that Gwar is a shortened version of “Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh“, the name the band used originally. Another incorrect view is that the name stands for: “God What an Awful Racket.”
(Although that is what most people feel like saying after hearing them!)
For the record, I am not a fan of GWAR music, nor was I fan when I was young. However, as I have matured I realize I have possibly acquired an appreciation for this at a different level than what I could as the younger version of me. Whereas in my youth, I saw this ‘monstrosity’ of a music band as “Insane Clown Posse Meets Clive Barker” – I can now really appreciate the protestingly improper brilliance of the marketing tactics. As well as the beautiful aspect that Dave Brockie and his GWAR groupies have created a way for them to enjoy life and just be themselves, how they want to live. And I think you might agree, that is pretty cool to achieve..
Good show, GWAR! And Dave Brockie? Thanks Man, R.I.P. – GWAR ROCK will LIVE ON!