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GWAR singer and mastermind Dave Brockie, who died Sunday at the far-too-young age of 50, will be remembered as a shock rock innovator. An obnoxious spitball in the face of Marilyn Manson’s humorless pretension, GWAR followed the tradition set by Alice Cooper, bringing a strong sense of tongue-in-cheek humor alongside savage wit, broad comedy, and… More »

As you may have heard, country music lifer Hank Williams, Jr. has parted ways with Monday Night Football, the TV show he spent 20 years singing the intro for, just because he made a totally calm and reasonable parallel between Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler. (He also compared John Boehner to Netanyahu? Whatever.) If you… More »

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Watch Iron & Wine Cover Gwar

We've come to the end of another year of A.V. Club's Undercover series, and the final one this time around is from Iron & Wine's…
James Rettig | November 17, 2015 - 10:29 am

Watch Gwar Cover Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop”

At this point, it seems safe to call Richmond gore-metal legends Gwar the greatest band in the history of the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2015 - 10:19 am

Watch Blöthar From Gwar Give An Unconventional TED Talk In Richmond

Michael Bishop (aka Blöthar the berserker), who took over as the lead singer of Gwar following the death of original frontman Dave Brockie and the…
Peter Helman | August 9, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Gwar Fires New Singer For Partying Too Hard

Last year, Richmond gore-metal institution Gwar lost longtime frontman Dave Brockie to a heroin overdose. But the band soldiered on without him. And at their…
Tom Breihan | May 12, 2015 - 9:15 am

Dave Brockie’s Father Suing Gwar For Stealing His Ashes

UPDATE: Gwar have issued a statement denying all of William Brockie's allegations, and that statement is below. If this isn't the most Gwar…
Tom Breihan | April 7, 2015 - 11:39 am

Watch Gwar Cover Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls”

Before frontman Dave Brockie passed away earlier this year, Gwar had appeared on the A.V. Club's all-covers video series A.V. Undercover twice, taking on Kansas
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2014 - 11:58 am

Gwar Spare Dave Grohl’s Life Thanks To His Oderus Urungus Tribute

A few months ago, Richmond, Virginia locals launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring the Foo Fighters to their town. It worked, and last night, the…
Tom Breihan | September 19, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Blood, Sweat, Tears: Scenes From GWAR B-Q 2014

On Friday evening, Oderus Urungus burned. Dave Brockie, the Gwar founder who played the Oderus character for 32 years, was laid to rest soon after…
Tom Breihan | August 18, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Gwar Frontman Died Of Heroin Overdose

Back in March, we lost Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus. Brockie was 50, and Richmond, Virginia police found him dead at…
Tom Breihan | June 3, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Gwar Launch Vaping Fluids

If you hang out with enough potheads, you already know that vaping -- smoking weed (or, I guess, other things -- out of hi-tech e-cigarette…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2014 - 10:02 am

R.I.P. Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus)

Dave Brockie, frontman of the theatrical joke-metal institution Gwar, has died, as Blabbermouth has confirmed. Brockie co-founded Gwar in 1984, and he was the only…
Tom Breihan | March 24, 2014 - 9:19 am

Gwar Cover Kansas, Finally

The A.V. Club's Undercover series, in which bands cover unlikely songs, is reliably fun, but it's not reliably this fun. On the most recent episode,…
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2012 - 4:59 pm

R.I.P. Cory Smoot

Cory Smoot, the guitarist who portrayed the character of Flattus Maximus in the theatrical Richmond art-comedy-metal band Gwar, was found dead of unknown causes this…
Tom Breihan | November 3, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Behold The Awesome Power Of Gwar On Fallon

Credit Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with having the balls to give voluminously be-latexed art-thrash gods the sort of television experience that only Jerry Springer
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2011 - 10:16 am

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff…
stereogum | March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am