GWAAAAAHHHHH

Rolling Stone (and a variety of other sources) reported this morning on the passing of GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus…did i spell that right?). so far, the official cause of death has not been determined but police responded to a call regarding a dead body sitting upright in a chair around 7 pm last night. Brockie, who hailed from Richmond, VA (not Outer Space, contrary to the belief that GWAR was from there), was 50 years old. it’s a massive shock, even to people who are not fans of GWAR but are familiar with the name…even more shocking is the fact that a band formed initially as a joke went on to last 30 years. that’s quite a remarkable feat for a stage show that includes a giant worm and huge toilet bowl.

 

on the right is the real Dave Brockie; yes, there really was a human underneath all that make-up

 

several years ago, a good friend and i had the privilege of hanging out with Dave (out of costume) while he was on tour with The Dave Brockie Experience. although i’ve never been a fan of GWAR, i did see them perform in 1997 and 2006 but more so for the sheer spectacle rather than the music. despite his outrageous costuming and bizarre lyrics, Mr. Brockie was probably one of the nicest people i’ve ever met. he will be missed.

 

UPDATE: the Richmond police are treating Mr. Brockie’s death as possibly drug-related. while the autopsy results won’t be available for several weeks, this is what has been circulating. still, it’s too soon to tell if Brockie’s death was drug-related or not. and he will still be missed.

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