Dave Brockie, more commonly known as Oderus Urungus, founder and lead singer of metal band GWAR, died Sunday at age 50. A full autopsy will be performed on Brockie, foul play is not suspected, but a cause of death has yet to be determined. Dave’s death has been confirmed by the band’s manager, Jack Flanagan. His full statement appears below:
“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 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23.”
It’s sad to see a legend pass. And I know to many, he’s not. But what he and the folks of GWAR did in the late 80s and early 90s was expand on the growing shop rock era of music. They were able to bring a whole new level of theatrics to their show. Now I personally never got to see GWAR but I have always been thoroughly impressed with things that I’ve seen on YouTube or different clips. They were absolutely outrageous, and they were the first to tell you so.
And say what you want but nowadays most bands don’t have that longevity that these guys still do. I don’t know what might happen after this, but Battle Maximus their 13th studio album was just released September 17, 2013. Most bands don’t even come close to that anymore.
We’ll see what shakes out over the next following days. I’ll keep you posted with any new developments will find out what actually happened to Dave. You can see a nice post on Metal Injection.
RIP – David Murray Brockie