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Surviving Members of GWAR Release Video Statement, Establish Dave Brockie Foundation

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The surviving members of GWAR have released the following video message thanking fans for their support, and announcing a public memorial service for late vocalist Dave Brockie, to take place in Richmond, VA on Friday, August 16. Watch:

(Well, thanks Oderus they haven’t lost their sense of humor. Seriously. It’s important to laugh in times like these.)

Furthermore, Brockie’s bandmates and friends have also established a new charity in Brockie’s honor, appropriately titled The Dave Brockie Foundation. Explains a press release:

“The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave’s vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.”

Some kind of memorial monument would be amazing, but regardless of whether or not that dream is ever realized, I think this is a really beautiful and touching idea. Make a donation toThe Dave Brockie Foundation here.

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