The 5th annual GWAR-B-Q has come and gone. The event took place at Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, VA and was kicked off with a memorial service for late frontman Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus on the Friday, August 15th and the event going down yesterday, August 16th.
The memorial service included a viking funeral for Brockie which saw the frontman set ablaze in full Oderus gear. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe spoke at the event and took to Instagram with a picture of Brockie and some very kind words:
“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.”
If you ever saw GWAR live you know that Oderus was one hell of a frontman and someone that really knew how to put on a show and entertain a crowd. As a tribute to our fallen brother in metal, here is a gallery of Oderus pictures.
Note: Please forgive how basic this gallery came out, it’s my first one. I’ll work on making a better one.
All photos by: JoshDoeVisuals