Photo credit: JoJo Shrader
(PCM) A very special public memorial service was held this past weekend in Richmond, VA to honor the life of GWAR frontman Davie Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus. Fans, friends and family gathered together at Hadad’s Lake to pay their last respects and share their memories. Speakers at the memorial included Jello Biafra and Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, who both shared incredibly touching tributes and fun stories about their memories of Brockie. There were plenty of moments of laughter throughout the tears.
After the memorial service, Brockie’s infamous Oderus Urungus costume was set ablaze on Hadad’s Lake in a traditional Viking Funeral Pyre. For those in attendance it was an incredibly intense moment and an incredibly fitting way to say goodbye to our beloved character.
Blythe later posted the following tribute on his Instagram account:
“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 and family we had April Fool’s Day.
“I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, and 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 — and 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.”
The memorial service was the kick-off to this year’s GWAR B-Q which also took place at Hadad’s Lake and featured performances from GWAR, Body Count, The Misfits, Hatebreed and more!
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