The Grammy-nominated metal band Gwar has been around for 30 years. They are known for their elaborate costumes and crazy concert antics. I first heard of them in the 90’s during a few episodes of MTV’s ‘Beavis and Butthead’.
Original member and lead singer Dave Brockie, known on stage as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at the age of 50 by his roommate last night. Gwar’s former bass guitarist confirmed the news.
In a recent interview, he described the band as punk rock. He was referring to his band’s style as a DIY group from the beginning. They did their own thing and had an extensive touring schedule. They played every hole in the wall and major venue all over the world.
Lamb of God frontman Randall Blythe said it best. “Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND – I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him. That’s VERY HARD TO SAY.”
I leave you with a few of my favorite videos of Oderus Urungus.
Gwar covers Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son”
Oderus Urungus reads ‘Goodnight Moon’
Best of Oderus Urungus on ‘The Dan Patrick Show’
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.