Brockie portrayed Oderus Urungus, Gwar’s lead singer, from GWAR’s inception in 1984 until his death. Oderus appeared as an intergalactic humanoid barbarian with devil horns and a meaty-looking face, and carried a long sword named “Unt Lick” and a cuttlefish around his loins.
The passing of Dave Brockie from a heroin overdose at his home in Richmond makes him the last original member of GWAR. But don’t worry – GWAR continues to tour with the goal of ruining every town they visit as they are still an epic live band as they were in their heyday.
Oh … and another thing. Contrary to popular myth, the final cremains of Dave Brockie were not set on fire in a Viking funeral on a Richmond, Virginia lake. However they did provide a proper Viking funeral for the singer’s Oderus Urungus character. While it is true his monument at Hollywood Cemetery is a cenotaph, his cremains remain with his father on his fireplace mantel while they figure out how to honor Dave’s wishes.
Final Resting Place:
412 South Cherry Street
Richmond, Virginia, 23220
Grave Location:Section C, Lot 49
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery, drive straight through the gates and continue for 400 feet on Hollywood Avenue. Turn right at the first intersection and drive over the bridge and make an immediate right into the dirt parking lot. Walk over to the intersection of Westvale Avenue and Confederate Avenue and stand at the “Confederate Avenue” road sign. Looking up the hill with your back to the bridge, look slightly to your right and up 100 feet from the road for a broken marble obelisk. Now look to the left for the large flat monument to heavy metal musician, artist and singer for GWAR Dave Brockie. There is also a bench nearby honoring his memory.
Grave Location GPS37.539033, -77.454057
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Dave Brockie:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- The Official Cyber-Fortress of Your Lords and Masters GWAR
- GWAR: Tiny Desk Concert
- Current members of GWAR
- GWAR sued for allegedly stealing late singer's ashes
- 10 Best GWAR Songs
- A History of Gwar, the Best Satirical Extraterrestrial Metal Band Ever
- GWARBar - Richmond Virginia's Greatest Dive Bar
- 11 Greatest GWAR Moments
Videos Featuring Dave Brockie:
popular name: Dimebag Darrell
date_of_death: December 8, 2004
cause_of_death: Multiple gunshot wounds to the head
best_know_for: As the cofounder with his brother Vinnie of Pantera and Damageplan, Dimebag Darrell was not only one of the most influential heavy metal guitarist but considered one of the greatest guitarist of modern times. Sadly his fame extended to his brutal death while performing onstage at the Alrosa Villa Nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.
popular name: Johnny Ace
date_of_death: December 25, 1954
cause_of_death: Accidental gunshot to the head
best_know_for: A popular R&B singer with a string of eight hits in a row including "Cross My Heart" and "Please Forgive Me", he blew his brains out on Christmas Day between sets after telling everyone ‘It’s okay! Gun’s not loaded… see?’ Interestingly enough, "Pledging My Love" was a posthumous R&B number 1 hit for 10 weeks beginning February 12, 1955, thus Johnny Ace became the first artist to reach the Billboard pop charts only after death.
Carl Lee Cunningham
popular name: Carl Lee Cunningham
date_of_death: December 10, 1967
cause_of_death: Plane crash
best_know_for: As a member of the Bar-Kays, Carl played drums for Otis Redding and died in the plane crash that took the life of Otis Redding, Phalon Jones, Carl Cunningham, Ronnie Caldwell, guitarist Jimmy King and valet Matthew Kelly. Only Ben Cauley survived the crash.