You don’t recognize that face unless you’re seriously into metal. Even then, you might not recognize the face, but you’d recognize the voice and the bass guitar. That’s Dave Brockie, the voice of Oderus Urungus, the lead singer and bass player of the costumed, fake blood and pus spraying, scatological and satirical heavy metal band Gwar. According to reports, Dave Brockie has passed away at age 50. When he wasn’t on tour waving around severed heads, he made his home in Richmond, Virginia, not far from where Gwar had its genesis in an old dairy and bottling plant.
“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” said former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop. “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 front man, 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.”
It seemed as though GWAR were on a career high despite the recent death of guitarist Cory Smoot, with the band releasing a 13th album last year, planning its 30th anniversary tour, and recently returning from a successful appearance in Japan. The band has yet to make an official announcement of Brockie’s death, but it has been confirmed by several area musicians and the Richmond Police Department, according to several sources. Hopefully this is just another online hoax, but it seems like it’s pretty real.
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