GWAR’s Oderus Urungus Gets a Viking Funeral

The 2014 GWAR-B -Q in Richmond, Virginia, was a sombre affair, given the untimely death of Dave Brockie, otherwise known as chief alien Oderus Urungus, who died earlier this year of an apparent drug overdose.

First, there were speeches and tributes–followed by an authentic Viking funeral.


Watch the whole affair here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “GWAR’s Oderus Urungus Gets a Viking Funeral

  • August 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Years ago – back sometime in the mid-90’s I think – I saw GWAR at the Roseland in Portland Oregon. Fantastic show; my first time seeing them blew my mind. What a beautiful, cacophonous, delirious extravaganza! I was utterly mesmerized from the first note until the last cymbal crash.

    Afterward, my buddy and I got backstage and met the band and I even got to put on one of the prosthetic pieces of their costume, the hooven legs of Balsac The Jaws of Death. What a treat to see and feel how the costumes work.

    While I wasn’t what you would call a “hardcore” fiend/fan of the band, I did like them a lot and I thought that they were so different that they definitely belonged in the world of hard rock/heavy metal and I’m glad they’ve stayed around as long as they have.

    Great memories and this GWAR-B-Q looked like it was blast to attend.

    Dave Brockie – May you forever rest in peace, friend. \m/ \m/


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