It's crazy to believe that it's been over five years since Dave Brockie, the man behind the Oderus Urungus mask for GWAR, passed away. Brockie died via accidental heroin overdose. Sometimes I think about today's political climate and I get sad that we don't have Dave to comment on it. His voice could've been used right now.
GWAR have announced that they will unveil a monument to Brockie on Friday, August 30 at 2:00 p.m. in Richmond, Virginia's famed Hollywood Cemetery (412 S Cherry St, Richmond, VA). Everybody is invited to the unveiling and a free party the following day at the GWARbar (217 W Clay St, Richmond, VA). The party will feature a set by RAWG, the greatest GWAR tribute band of all time (rumored to be the band out of costume, but you didn't hear that from me.)
GWAR comments "Friday, August 30 marks what would have been Dave Brockie's 56th birthday. The erection of this monument has been a long time coming, and we are grateful and happy we can finally do this for Dave. We thank the many people who donated time and money to make this a reality."
"We hope the marker will provide a long-needed place for Brockie's friends, family, and fans to pay their respects to this wonderful and deeply talented human being, and of course, to Dave's famous creation; Oderus Urungus, who will always be remembered as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and roll history."
Here are some of my favorite videos we shot with the late great Dave Brockie. The first video is one that Dave Grohl personally told me was the funniest thing he'd ever seen: