Richmond metal fans and fans of local music are with heavy hearts today due to learning of a passing of a RVA legend. Fans were saddened to wake up to the news that Dave Brockie, lead singer and founder of heavy metal rockers GWAR has passed away. News stations in the Richmond area as well as the police say that a call for a deceased individual was made at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday evening 23 March 2014 from the singers North Richmond home and EMT’s arrived to find the singer unresponsive. The state medical examiners did not release a report to say a cause of death for the fifty year old musician but Richmond Police have said it was not foul play and it’s still open until the medical report is out.
GWAR was started in the early eighties by Dave Brockie and his class mates from VCU and the band has amassed a huge following over the last twenty five plus years. They were nominated for two Grammy awards, once in 1993 and again in 1995. Local fans took to social media to express their sorrow about Dave Brockie’s passing, “Dave Brockie was a huge influence on Richmond kids - he showed us you could make weird, ugly, noisy things, & they could be magnificent. RIP” said Eliza Skinner, a Richmond native currently in Los Angeles working as a comic and writer. Another comment echoed a lot of our thoughts, “Horrible thing to wake up to, I hadn’t even opened my eyes yet, my wife was seeing the news and I was like you’ve got to be kidding me! Richmond lost a legend, Brockie will be missed” said David Herring, a lifelong Richmond native and guitarist for local Celtic band IceColdBlood. This is the second major tragedy for the band in less than five years, in 2011 lead guitarist Cory Smoot passed away on the bands tour bus while they were on tour supporting their “Bloody Pit of Horror” album.