Condolences and tributes to Dave Brockie have poured in after the 50-year old was found dead by his bandmates in his home yesterday morning.
Brockie, 50, was known by millions of rock fans as his on stage alter-ego Oderus Urungus. Born on August 30th, 1963, Brockie has been a part of the Grammy nominated rock act since its founding in 1984. Joining characters like Balsac The Jaws Of Death and Beefcake the Mighty, the undying intergalactic chaos demon and the rest of the five-piece released their debut album, Hell-O, in 1988 on Shimmy Disc records.
Famed as one of the masterminds behind his band’s shocking, sometimes offensive, sense of humour and gory stage shows, Brockie appears on every GWAR album, being the only member of the band to have stayed with the project since its inception. This is the second member the band has lost in a short amount of time, after guitarist Cory Smoot, 34, better known as his on-stage alter ego Flattus Maximus was found dead on the band’s tour bus on 2011.
The band released thirteen albums over a 25-year period, as well as appearing in 23 different films and live DVDs. In an official statement, GWAR’s manager Jack Flanagan said that “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.”
Lamb Of God’s frontman Randy Blythe, a fellow Virginian and long time friend of Brockie put out a statement last night, stating that “When someone dies, a lot of the time people will say ‘Oh, he was a unique person, really one of a kind, a true original’- most of these people no idea of what they are talking about- they obviously had never met Dave. Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND- I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him.”
Blythe went on to say that “[GWAR] gave us out first shot at this thing. I learned many things from Dave, many of which I am eternally grateful for, and some of which I am deeply ashamed of. I took this picture at his birthday party a few months ago- Dave kissing his Oderus birthday cake. Right now, if I were to truly honor Dave in the way HE would do it if it were ME that had died, I would make a completely tasteless joke about his death. But I do not have the stomach for that- Dave would, but not me.”
Rock DJ Matt Kersey made these comments about his shock at finding out about Brockie’s death:
Former bandmates Chris Bopst and Mike Bishop commented on the passing of their friend yesterday, with Bishop saying that “Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” and Bopst stating “I wish it was a joke. Everyone is in shock.”
GWAR were well known in the rock community for their over-the-top costumes, crazy stage antics, shocking lyrics, covering the crowd in various imitation fluids in all kinds of colours and thicknesses and a huge worm that would ‘devour’ members of the crowd. GWAR fans like Thomas Blundell from Nottingham have taken to the internet to share their condolences with Brockie’s band and family. Blundell, though, is less than sure about the future of the band.
Having had such a profound impact on the lives of GWAR’s fans, having lived a life without limits and having so many people feel such a great loss over his passing, it can be said without a doubt that Dave Brockie will be remembered as the artist he was and that Oderus Urungus, the space barbarian, has finished his mission on Earth.