RIP Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus), Lead Singer of Gwar




“Eons ago, there existed an elite group of chaos warriors who ravaged the galaxy with a boundless hatred of all things alive. They were called the Scumdogs of the Universe, and they grew in might and fury, the greatest weapon in the arsenal of their cosmic Master.

But they became too powerful, and too defiant, and for their cosmic crimes were banished to the most insignificant planet in the universe…the seething mudball known as Earth.

Millions of years passed, and they slumbered, until the pollution of your world de-thawed these creatures from their ageless coma…and now they stride the Earth, living gods, dedicated to one goal, the destruction of the human race, and the eradication of existence itself! Wait- that’s two goals!

Hark to the hideous majesty of your MASTERS, rulers of Earth, the MIGHTY GWAR!!!

It is I, ODERUS URUNGUS, lead singer of the sickest band in metal history, Earth’s only openly extra-terrestrial rock band, and the destined destroyers of not only the human race but also reality itself. GWAR! Hulking, heaving, dribbling WAR-GOD’s who like nothing better than putting hordes of our sniveling fans to the sword while playing the marauding mutant metal that we are famous for! Star’s of stage and screen, carvers of stem and spleen! GWAR LIVES! (GWAR Mythos)”


The body of the man Oderus occupied in his earthly life, Dave Brockie has passed on. However, I would like to believe that Oderus has broken free his human cadaver on this mud ball to unleash his madness across time and space as the War Lord of the Cosmos. My first GWAR show was actually at Epcot in mother fucking Disney World bitches! That’s right, I got to experience GWAR taking the audience on a journey to hell along side a two faced Hitler-Jesus in DISNEY WORLD! I’ll never forget the blood canons or the saucy spray of space jizz that blessed their audience of human slaves. The crowd moshed so hard that my friend got kicked in the face and broke his glasses. Twas a good night for metal.

But what about the man Dave Brockie?

Dave was found dead in his apartment early Sunday evening. The cause of death has not been confirmed as of yet, but police do not suspect foul play. He died at 50 years of age. His death has come as a complete shock to many because he did not appear publicly to have any major health problems. Before his death, he even confirmed the date of the August 16th  GWAR-B-Q at Hadad’s Water Park on Osborne Turnpike.


Jack Flanagan, manager of GWAR has issued an official 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.”


It’s hard to imagine the future of GWAR without their lead singer and main spokesman. GWAR formed in 1984 from a group of musicians who Brockie was involved with who jokingly called themselves “Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh.” Obviously this name was shortened to GWAR. The group created wild and gruesome costumes and created elaborate shows with props. Since then they have awakened the might of the War Lords of the universe and traveled around the world, unleashing metal and carnage upon the human race.

In the 1990’s they began to get widespread exposure on television with their appearance on the popular MTV Show “Beavis and Butthead.” Yet GWAR would also make appearances on many unlikely shows such as The Joan Rivers Show, Jerry Springer and a total of 14 appearances on Fox News!

Now in death, I hope Dave Brockie gets to retire his soul in Metal Metal Land, a place where you can only get to by Stolen car, where nothing ever dies….except of course your enemies who are attracting metal flies. All the chicks are strippers and all their fathers proud!

Enjoy some GWAR music below along with some great TV moments in GWAR’s history.






3 responses

  1. HAwen

    This very weird for me on many levels. I remember Gwar as a fun, gimmicky scum punk band people saw in NYC from my teenager years (1980s). I had no idea they became famous! I thought that they would be infamous, one of those short lived bands only the coolest people could reference. GWAR weren’t a band as much as an event, something to leave and show the fake blood on your leather biker jacket to others. You’d been GWAR-ed. (I never head anyone say GWARed, but it’s what it was about.) No one I met ever owned an album as the music was secondary to the show. They were a live event like the Residents or Dwarves or a man laying on a bed of nails. GWAR are so fixed in my mind with the mid-80s and being a parody of metal, like KISS meets the Muppets and takes Scientology to new even more insane level. It’s weird to think of them as a band people would watch videos of or buy their albums. Their shows were so personal and intimate. LIke I said, an event. You laughed your a$$ off and got cool points for seeing the newest form of NYC post punk art rock. Reading how big they got baffles me, because they felt so much like… their small early audience owned them. Like GWAR could not exist without an audience. They were the scum metal Cirque De Soleil. (Spelled wrong yeah.)

    Plus as my peers keep dying, it hits on an emotional level. I knew no one in GWAR but the scene in the mid80s was so small nationwide that I knew people that knew members of GWAR, just like almost all the interesting bands of that time. A massive extended second cousin scene back then pre-MTV and Internet, where you had to WORK and DEDICATE yourself to music, to nothing buy finding music. I’d run into the same crusty punks in SF, NY and London. 50 is young, but by our scene’s standards, not really. So many died in their 20s or early 30s due to drug related events or cancer, about 1/4th of the scene was gone before adulthood. Those who have lived I don’t expect to die until age 70. We escaped the deadly scene, we survived. Death is behind us in many ways. Something we dealt with at age 20. His death at 50 especially since he appears to not have been an alcoholic or junkie rattles me. We all expected various people to die from ODs, AIDS, Hep C, motorcycle crashes, muggings, leukemia, tour bus wrecks, in prison or from suicide. Once that ended, we went on with the few living….

    That they played Disney makes me think its like Raffy the children’s performer dying. Which ads a whole other weird layer. Who were GWAR? A scum metal band for real punks, an underground event poseurs never were invited to, or a comedic joke that reached the lowest common denominator? I doubt they sold out, it sounds like they were found out.

    Since they were so heavily audience involved and into performing, no wonder they could cross over into another world. They gave their heart and soul and sometimes dignity to the crowds in the most over the top ways they knew how.

    This is a lot to assimilate…. Thank you for keeping us all up to date on these things. You have a real fanzine like from the late 70s til mid 80s. FANzine. It’s really great, you write in a way that makes me nostalgic except you are doing it now, so I can be happy with today!

    In firth Heather

    March 31, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    • Thanks for reaching out Heather. I would have loved to see Gwar in the 80’s and have been part of that metal scene. I’m glad you like my blog 😀

      March 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

  2. Andrew

    I’m trying to find information on that Disney show. Could you please forward me any info that you have on it? Thanks!

    June 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

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