It is with great sadness that we awoke to the news today that Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus from the controversial US Metal band GWAR! Has died at age 50.
The GWAR! Lead singer was found dead by roommates yesterday evening (March 23). As yet the cause of death is unknown.
Randy Blyth of metal band Lamb of God, who toured extensively with GWAR! In 2009 wrote on Instagram “I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR. My friend Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building and taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old.
“I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home and his roommates found him.
“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. That’s VERY HARD TO SAY.
“My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR. They gave us our 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. He never put much stock in ‘limits.’
“Richmond has lost one of its most creative people.
“This is a crying shame to me.
“Thank you, Brockie, for all the crazy shit you did. Thank God you existed, so you could do it and I didn’t have to. It was an honor to know you, to be your Shaky Slave, to serve in the Blood Vomits along side you (let’s ride!), and to be soaked by your sweet cuttlefish.
“RIP Dave Brockie. Oderus, enjoy your trip back home.”
Chris Bopst, former GWAR bassist and a music writer for style weekly said on the site “Everyone is in shock.” Brockie was 50 years old.
“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former GWAR bassist Mike Bishop told Style Weekly. “He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art. His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.”
Regular visitors to the Black Flag will remember that it wasn’t too long (November 11th) ago that we were lucky enough to interview Dave Brockie. During the interview he was cracking obscene jokes and generally being a laugh a minute. Dave seemed so alive during that interview, telling us how he was looking forward to touring Europe this year. It’s devastating to think that less than six months later he’s dead.
We here at the Black Flag would like to raise a glass to Oderus Urungus and say thank you for some of the greatest, most offensive and damn right dirty Rock N Roll to ever grace the planet earth. Rest in peace Dave Brockie. The world has lost a great musician and an even greater legend.
Check our interview here https://www.theblackflag.co.uk2013/11/11/the-black-flag-meets-oderus-urungus-of-gwar/