GWAR SINGER DAVE BROCKIE, A.K.A. ODERUS URUNGUS, DEAD AT AGE 50

gwar400 Dave Brockie, founder and lead singer of the theatrical metal band Gwar, died Sunday at the age of 50. The news was first reported by Richmond outlet Style Weekly and confirmed by 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 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23rd, 2014,” Flanagan said. “His body was found Sunday by his bandmate 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. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

Police were called to the singer’s Richmond home Sunday night after responding to a call by Brockie’s roommate. Brockie had already died by the time police arrived. Foul play is not suspected at this time, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.

“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop told the paper. “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.”

“I wish it was a joke,” added former band member Chris Bopst. “Everyone is in shock.”

Brockie had been in a punk band named Death Piggy that staged crude plays when he founded Gwar in 1984. After meeting band member Hunter Jackson, who had created props for Death Piggy and began work on the film Scumdogs of the Universe, Brockie used the outlandish costumes created for the film to form the joke group Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh. After numerous lineup changes and the shortening of the band name, Brockie dissolved Death Piggy and led Gwar, who released their debut album Hell-O in 1988.

The satirical metal band quickly earned a following for its macabre, over-the-top costumes and scatological, offensive lyrics, fashioning themselves interplanetary warriors descended from aliens who arrived on Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race. The band celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014, having released their 13th album, Battle Maximus, last year.

“His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit,” said Bishop. “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.”

In 2011, Cory Smoot, the Gwar guitarist known as Flattus Maximus, was found dead by his bandmates as they prepared to cross the border into Canada. Smoot, who joined the long-running band in 2002, had the longest tenure in the Maximus role and co-produced 2006’s Beyond Hell and 2009’s Lust in Space.

additional source: rollingstone.com

Comments

  1. ahhhhh too bad, ….another unexpected tragic loss in the metal community. RIP friend.

  2. randy rock says:

    Rip fellow rocker

  3. Eric Heaton says:

    This is sad…I seen gwar 3 times…their stageshow is a bit over the top their music is good…What a shame..RIP Dave Brockie

  4. A great loss for us and the metal community. RIP

  5. This dude is well respected in the metal community
    but
    He was as arse in ways…I know that was part of his schtick?!
    And r.i.p to the lad …sad he died a bit early age…but
    man, some of the stuff he would say of people:

    And I quote-
    “There would not be Slipknot without GWAR. I have a direct quote from Rob Zombie about GWAR when he was figuring out what he wanted to do with his career. They asked him, “Hey what do you think of them?” and he said, “The first time I saw GWAR, I thought ‘I want to be that, but I want to make money.’” That to me says a lot about Rob Zombie as an artist. It says that he isn’t one … Rob Zombie is a tired, G-Rated, mishmash of other people’s styles. When I see Slipknot I see lots of pentagrams and cow skulls. Really familiar imagery. What I do like about Slipknot is their music. Their drummer is f—ing amazing. But when I get to Marilyn Manson, he’s a little harder to peg. A little Alice Cooper, a little Bowie, a little Johnny Rotten.”

  6. Sad… someone else could wear that mask and outfit but you can’t replace that guys personality, not a chance.

  7. Never follow them much but 50 years old way too young RIP Dave Brockie

  8. R.i.P Thank You for giving us all a TRUE alternative. Who else has the guts to do what they do? Let’s See….

  9. Eric Heaton says:

    Someone once said that it doesnt matter who’s behind the makeup..but I just cant remember who said it? I know it, its on the tip of my (long) tongue…lol

  10. Elizabeth says:

    When I read the news I felt bad. I had seen Gwar at the Starland Ballroom in NJ, and I always love the shows. The albums are good but nothing beats seeing the band live. He will be miss. My prayers go out to the family, the band and to the fans around the world who follow this band.

  11. My condolences to the family and friends of Dave Brockie. However, if there is one band that had the ANY influence on GWAR it had to be KISS. With all of the backbiting between the original members (especially from Gene and Paul), I hope they take time out to mourn the passing of someone who KISS influenced.

  12. why is this on the eddie trunk news site when Gwar is never played on the show.

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