Metal Celebrities React to Dave Brockie’s Passing
We’re all still positively stunned and completely gutted about the untimely passing yesterday of Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus of Gwar. There is really just nothing else to say about it… we’re at a loss for words.
A report on TMZ sheds a little bit of light on the matter, informing us that Brockie was found sitting upright in a chair and that drugs and suicide are not suspected.
Meanwhile, here’s what some notable figures in the metal community have had to say over the past several hours about Brockie, his life, and his death. This post will be updated as more reactions come in.
Phil Demmel (Machine Head):
Much love and respect out to the Brockie family and Gwar camp. Sad loss.
— Phil Demmel (@DemmelitionMH) March 24, 2014
Mark Morton (Lamb of God):
I’m so lucky to have known Dave Brockie. Godspeed my friend. We love you.
— Mark Morton (@MarkDuaneMorton) March 24, 2014
Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall):
— Jason Bittner Drums (@jbittnerdrums) March 24, 2014
Ian Christe (author):
Dave Brockie did far more for far longer than anyone. I hope the burial of Oderus is a national spectacle. Gwar is the peak of DIY creations
— Ian Christe (@ianchriste) March 24, 2014
Darkest Hour (via Facebook):
By now to many people have posted this info, and as much as we want this to be a joke, it must not be. Our heart is with the good dudes in Gwar and the rock community in RVA, This is just devastating. Dave was one of the most bad ass OG’s we have ever toured with. No words can contain his awesomeness and his memory will live on with us and his music.
So honored to have been able to share the stage with him and the boys. On to the next dimension Dave..but those of us here we will miss you for eternity!
Randy Blythe (Lamb of God):
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, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & 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 & 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 Oderous 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, VA 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. Oderous, enjoy your trip back home.
Cancer Bats (via Facebook):
RIP Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus.
We were so fortunate to have toured with Brockie and Gwar a year an a half ago. Day one of tour he walked into our dressing room, and welcomed us into the Gwar camp with a huge grin and open arms. We bonded together about him being Canadian like us and we were shocked at how friendly and down to earth someone who’s been in such a legendary band for 30 years could be. Its crazy to think, when you can remember being about 11 years old and hearing this amazing band for the first time and then 20 years later we were touring together and hanging out as friends! Our minds were blown! Gwar and Dave Brockie have always represented the best parts about music to us. The kind of band that cut through all the horseshit of mainstream pop culture and pushed all the boundaries while always teaching us not to take ourselves too seriously.
At our hometown show with Gwar, Oderus came up on stage and performed Sabotage with us that night! What an awesome moment that was for us and a special memory we will always cherish. Thank you Brockie, you made 4 kids from Canada beyond happy that night!
We will miss you brother! You are one of a kind!
Mark Holcomb (Periphery):
Sad to hear about Dave Brockie’s passing. 50 is far too young. RIP.
— Mark Holcomb (@MarkPeriphery) March 24, 2014
Vernon Reid (Living Colour):
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) March 24, 2014
Brad Fickeisen (ex-The Red Chord, via Facebook):
I can’t believe it.. Dave Brockie, you will be missed. An inch of a mile in time, I spent over 6 months of my life with you and the Gwar family. You are one of the most genuinely honest and caring people I’ve met along the way. I will miss your comedic genius. Safe travels back home.
Sending my best to the rest of Gwar and friends.
Ringworm (via Facebook):
Sad news. Whether you liked Gwar or not, here’s no denying the great talent, creativity, humor and unabashed social commentary that Dave contributed to this shitty planet. He’s going to be missed by many. RIP Dave.
James Monteith (TesseracT, via Facebook):
RIP Dave Brockie, without a doubt one of the biggest characters in metal. The beheading of Tony Abbott will be with me forever.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHEf559uPlA
Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, every band ever, via Facebook):
I can’t believe it, I’m shocked. Dave Brockie was like a Superhero in my eyes. An icon of the arts. Creative, passionate, dedicated…one of the coolest and hardest working people I’ve ever met. I learned quite a bit from him and he was always really nice. I don’t know what else to say, what a shame. RIP Dave Brockie.
David Draiman (Disturbed):
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) March 24, 2014
RIP Oderus Urungus a.k.a. Dave Brockie of GWAR. Someone I always wanted to meet. Born in Ottawa, he was Canada’s greatest Canadian.
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) March 24, 2014
Chris Kael (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 @soundwavefest in Australia. Dave was always right there on the side of the stage that @ffdp 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
Jeff Kendrick (DevilDriver):
Rip Dave Brockie, I am going to miss you @TheRealOderus
— jeff kendrick (@jeffkendrick) March 24, 2014
BROKEN HOPE just got wind from sources that Oderus Urungus–played by Dave Brockie–may have died. Let’s hope this is just a rumor…
— BROKEN HOPE (@BROKENHOPEBAND) March 24, 2014
oh no. just heard terrible terrible news. RIP Dave Brockie. I don’t know what to say right now.
— Valient Thorr (@ValientThorr) March 24, 2014
Doyle (The Misfits, via Facebook):
Dave Brockie…one of the most genuine people in this business who I have ever met…I’ve toured with him many, many times with the Misfits…we were going to do our first Doyle tour with him and our GWAR family. Dave was actually one of the funniest, nicest, most insane and talented human beings I have ever met. It was always a pleasure to be around him and all those guys. When we toured with them it was like an army of insane monsters. They are all my family and my heart is broken today. Hail Oderus Urungus!!! A dear friend…
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, via Facebook):
Dave Brockie R.I.P. ! Gone too soon! Talk about a genius/madman/artist/intellectual/crazy fucker/nice guy etc!! He brought a lot of smiles to a lot of faces through out the years! Especially mine! He will be missed!!
The Agonist (via Facebook):
The Agonist never had the privilege of touring with Gwar but we know from many friends that Dave was as unique and entertaining a person in real life as he was on stage. A true talent. RIP Dave Brockie.
Origin (via Facebook):
Sad day. RIP Dave Brockie aka oderus urungus of GWAR…