Gwar are to hold a public memorial for late frontman David ‘Oderus Urungus’ Brockie, who died on Sunday (March 23).
The memorial will take place on August 15 at Hasad’s Lake in Richmond, Virginia, the day before the band’s previously announced Gwar-B-Q at the same location. The line-up for the annual event has not been released and it is not clear whether Gwar will be performing without Brockie.
A new statement from the band’s manager, Jack Flanagan, thanks fans for the “outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days,” and reports that the results of the toxicology report confirming the cause of death can take one to three months to be processed. A funeral and private memorial for friends and family has been arranged.
Regarding the public memorial, Flanagan writes: “As Dave and Oderus would have wanted, this year’s GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA) will still take place as planned. We have scheduled the Dave Brockie public memorial to take place the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, Friday August 15th, also at Hadad’s Lake.”
Brockies body was found at home by his roommates on Sunday (March 23), prompting an outpouring of tributes from fellow musicians. Known for their outrageous costumes and prosthetics, thrash metal band Gwar released their 13th album in 2013 and mark their 30th anniversary this year.
A member of Gwar’s behind-the-scenes team told Richmond’s WTVR that there is the thought to carry on the band without Brockie: “He’s the reason this thing was here this long, and in his memory hopefully we can keep it going. But I don’t know. That’s what he’d want, I’d suppose. He doesn’t want somebody to do a better job than him, that’s all.”