Five months after his death by heroin overdose, GWAR’s Dave Brockie has finally been given a sendoff fitting of his legacy as the band’s vile frontman Oderus Urungus. As part of the inauguration of this year’s Gwar B-Q, Brockie’s costume was given a Viking funeral, complete with a wooden boat, offerings, and a flaming arrow shot.
The ritual on Hadad’s Lake in Michigan also included a speech by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe who said that Brockie was “the only motherfucker [he] knows” who was “too big for one fucking funeral.”
“Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave’s costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool’s Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad.
But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just “left us”- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed.”