I am sorry to report that the thrash metal band GWAR has suffered another tragedy - the death of founder and lead singer, Dave Brockie, known on stage as Oderus Urungus. Brockie's body was discovered at his home Sunday night, March 23. His death was confirmed by management at 4 AM EST on March 24, 2014. Richmond police confirmed that Brockie had died somewhere between 3 pm and 7:30 pm that day.
Band manager Jack Flanagan has issued the following statement:"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."
Randy Blythe, the singer for Lamb of God, who toured with GWAR in 2009, posted on Instagram, "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, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building and taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old. I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home and his roommates found him."
GWAR lost another of it's members, Cory Smoot, who portrayed the character of Flattus Maximus, in 2011. Smoot passed away in the band's tour bus, leaving this world too early at the young age of 34. In a January 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Brockie talked about Smoot's death: "I think Cory's death is a big wake-up call for all of us. We all breathed a big sigh of relief when we found out it wasn't a drug overdose, to speak quite frankly. But then to think that he was 34 and died of a heart attack — it's really scary."
GWAR is well known for their elaborate science fiction inspired horrific costumes, and their outrageous, at times disgusting, extremely outlandish behavior. Shows of GWAR feature graphic, repulsive enactments of politically and morally taboo themes, and can get very messy at times, spraying unknown liquids into and all over the crowd. Many fans proudly display stained clothing worn to a GWAR concert. Their fanbase grew immensely when they were featured on the television show Beavis and Butthead, in the 1990's..
The band's first album, Hell-O, was released over twenty years ago in 1988. GWAR's latest album, Battle Maximus, was released in September of 2013, and sold 3,500 copies in the U.S. the first week that it was released. GWAR recently returned from touring in Australia and Japan. The 5th annual GWAR BQ was scheduled to take place August 16 at Hadad's Water Park in Richmond, VA, the city that Brockie called home.
You can see the video "Carry On Wayward Son", filmed at the band's last appearance in Dallas at the House of Blues here. If you think you can handle the blood and the gore, see the complete "2013 Fate and Chaos Tour" here. This tour made a stop in Houston, but didn't make it to Dallas.
Dave Brockie was a true entertainer, as you can see in these videos. He will be sorely missed. Since Brockie was the sole remaining founding member and a crucial element of the band, it is uncertain if the band will continue at this time.