The maniacal frontman of GWAR kept the band and his Oderus Urungus character at the core of heavy metal for some 30 years, anchoring the genre with yearly bloodbaths and hysterical stage banter and media interviews. In character, Brockie's Oderus spewed vile hatred laced with razor-sharp satiric social commentary, and served as the de facto comedian of the metal community.
Out of character, Dave Brockie was one of the hardest working individuals in the industry, touring heavily and coming up with innovative events such as the Crack-A-Thon and GWAR-B-Q. Unmasked, Brockie was a charming and kind individual, with the demonic glint in his eyes the only clue to his space monster identity.
It's hard to imagine a metal world without GWAR on this cold Monday morning. The band's annual tours were a staple of New York City, with appeal far beyond just metalheads. Recent years saw the band playing the Music Hall Of Williamsburg instead of Irving Plaza but the fanbase was always enthusiastic, dressed in white to better display the blood Oderus and his bandmates gleefully sprayed from the beheaded torsos of celebrities and politicians. After death and taxes, the only other sure thing on this planet was the guaranteed awesomeness of a GWAR concert.
Both Oderus and Brockie will be sorely missed by this Examiner, and the entire universe is the poorer for our loss. Oderus was my very first ever interview as the New York Hard Rock Examiner, and will always have a special place in my memory. My condolences go out to all family and fans on this tragic day.
See my complete history of Oderus interviews and live reviews below:
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