The life and death of David Murray “Dave” Brockie Aka Oderus Urungus lead singer of Gwar was celebrated in the most special way last Friday by fans, friends, and family with a Viking funeral.
Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe was there, and later, posted the following on Instagram:
“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 … it was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming.”
“Fly free, Oderus — you are missed.”