Metal world pays tribute to Gwar frontman Dave Brockie
Converge, Cancer Bats, Trash Talk and Lamb Of God show respect for Oderus Urungus
The news of Brockie's death at the age of 50 was confirmed by his manager, Jack Flanagan, yesterday. Brockie's body has been sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
Following the news of Brockie's death, bands and artists in the metal community and beyond began to share their memories and tributes on social media.
Former GWAR member, Mike Bishop, paid tribute to Brockie's "lucid wit", telling Style Weekly. "Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known. 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 humours belied a lucid wit."
Meanwhile, Violent J of Insane Clown Posse spoke to Billboard and called Brockie's death a "terrible loss to the world." "I am devastated to hear of the passing of Oderus Urungus," he said. "GWAR are true pioneers of the underground and without them there would have been no blueprint on how to do-it-yourself in the world of music. Oderus was one of our true heroes."
On Instagram, Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe shared an image of Brockie and wrote : "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."
More messages followed on Twitter with Moby, Trash Talk, Converge, Cancer Bats and Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch also sharing their feelings for Brockie.
RIP Dave Brockie— trash talk (@TRASH_TALK) March 24, 2014
I grew up in Virginia and have been seeing Gwar play since I was in junior high school. I remember having to... http://t.co/Uw281ROLrJ— Converge (@Convergecult) March 25, 2014
RIP Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus. We were so fortunate to have toured with Brockie and Gwar a year an a half... http://t.co/HxXYwCaXjO— Cancer Bats (@cancerbats) March 24, 2014
Just read about the passing of Dave Brockie - Oderus Urungus from Gwar. We had the privilege of… http://t.co/BZXmu5trCZ— Chris Kael (@5FDPChrisKael) March 24, 2014
Known for their outrageous costumes and prosthetics, Gwar released their 13th album in 2013 and would mark their 30th anniversary this year. Oderus Urungus is the only character appear in every Gwar line-up, beginning as guitar player, then bassist, then vocalist.