Gwar has always been known for being overly ridiculous and over-the-top, but it seems that is more present then ever. After the death of their frontman, Dave Brockie (A.K.A. Oderus Urungus), Gwar have been hard at work re-establishing themselves. With their two new scumdogs: Blothar and Vulvatron, the band shook Riot fest, with blood squirting boobs, and other mayhem.
Not just Riot fest, though, as the band gave a performance like no other at their very own Gwar-B-Q. It was held at Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, Virginia. “Why did it take place near a lake?” you may think to yourself. Or maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s an interesting question. Gwar, being as off the wall nuts as they are, had a viking funeral for Oderus Urungus. That’s right. They set a boat out to the middle of the lake, and shot a flaming arrow at it, burning it. Now that’s metal as hell. Keep in mind, however, that the funeral was just for Oderus Urungus, not for the man behind him David Brockie. Brockie’s costume was placed on a dummy, massive rubber cock and all, as a placeholder. It seems more fitting to separate the character from the man, which allows Gwar to be this fun and crazy, without being gruesome.
But, as ridiculous and a tad funny as it is, it still remained solemn affair. Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe gave a very heartfelt eulogy, wrote on Instagram and that he was in tears as he watched the boat on fire. The full post read
"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.”
Yeah, that’s right. Didn’t expect to shed manly tears over a Gwar article, did ya? It’s okay, though, Gwar is being strong, and you should be strong too. Gwar is eternal. After the sudden passing of Cory Smoot, the band didn’t break up. They didn’t even cancel their tour, they just kept on going.
And they’ve definitely been keeping on, in every sense of the word. Every year, AV club invites a bunch of bands to come in, and pick from a list of songs to cover. The covers are then judged, and a winner is chosen for best cover, including original flair of course. Gwar has been 2-time winner of this competition, and has just completed smashing out their potential 3rd win. They did an absolutely fantastic cover the Pet Shop Boys’ West-end Girls, and even included a second song. They tacked-on their own version of People Who Died, with lyrics mentioning how much they miss Brockie and bringing up a number of other people who have died. When they were accused of making something that was “kind of touching” the band only responded with “touching you where?”
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This is just awesome. Gwar deserves to win this series again, just for the fact that they never turn off.
Photo courtesy of Stereogum