Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, the founder and lead singer of Gwar, has died.
Brockie’s body was discovered at his home on Sunday evening (March 23). “I wish it was a joke,” former Gwar bassist Chris Bopst, a music writer for Style Weekly, told the site. “Everyone is in shock.” Brockie was 50 years old. Richmond Police also confirmed Brockie’s death.
Tributes to the head Scumdog Of The Universe have poured in from some of the biggest names in Metal:
“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.”
Vocalist Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God, who toured with Gwar in 2009: “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 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. 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 Kael of Five Finger Death Punch: “Just read about the passing of Dave Brockie — Oderus Urungus from Gwar. We had the privilege of playing with Gwar just one month ago at Soundwave festival in Australia. Dave was always right there on the side of the stage that Five Finger Death Punch were playing on — watching every band, laughing and enjoying life. As he entertained us in life, may his death remind us that life is short. Tell the ones around you that they are loved. Live life with a smile and a laugh. Just as Dave and I shared a laugh while talking at Soundwave. We love you. Each and every one of you. R.I.P. Dave Brockie — Oderus Urungus.”
Municipal Waste’s Tony Foresta, who toured with Gwar in 2012: “I’m so devastated right now. One of the most fun, brilliant, inspirational and creative people I’ve ever had the privilege to call a friend has passed. I’m going to miss you so much, pal.”
Dez Fafara (DevilDriver): “Rest in peace, my brother!”
Emmure: “We are deeply saddened by the news of our fellow comrade passing away. Dave was a admired individual amongst us. He spoke highly of Emmure and whether he knew it or not, we were very passionate about him as well. R.I.P., Oderus Urungus. GWAR FOREVER.”
Ben Orum (ex-All Shall Perish): “Dave, You were a creative genius. Thank you for bringing so much joy to me and my friends as we grew up with Gwar. RIP.”
“This is such a shock!! I had the pleasure of working with Dave many times including the Bloodstock and Download Festivals, both of which were a real blast!! I shall always remember a very lovely, generous musician who was truly humble, despite the band’s obvious style of music and confrontational style. Dave always stripped away the bullshit that sometimes comes with this industry but always gave 100% to everything he did and Gwar was not only a vehicle but a band that will be remembered for their honesty and yes, innocence…. What entertainment is all about. RIP David, certainly never to be forgotten”. Mike Exley (MEPR).
Speaking personally, Dave Brockie is responsible for one of the funniest things I have ever seen during my time in Metal. Following Gwar’s performance at Bloodstock 2010, he arrived in the press tent in full costume and proceeded to carry out interviews fully in character. Everyone in the press area downed tools to watch and listen and Oderus himself was on fine form. Apparently, even when doing interviews over the phone he would ask if the journalist would like an interview as himself or in character. He really was a true showman and is someone I would have loved to have had the opportunity to speak to.
RIP Dave Brockie and Oderus Urungus. Returning to your home planet in victory.