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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 second show after Brockie’s death, they unveiled their newest member: Singer Vulvatron, the first full-on female member Gwar had ever had. (Slymenstra Hymen was an important part of the band… More »

By: 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 story ever, I don’t know what could possibly be. Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, was the frontman of the theatrically silly Richmond metal band for decades. Last year,… More »

By: 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 and Billy Ocean. And on the newest edition of the series, the new touring lineup of Gwar rolled through, playing the Pet Shop Boys’ icy, detached 1986 synthpop classic “WestMore »

By: 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 band played the local club the National. During the show, Dave Grohl dedicated a song to local thrash legends Gwar and to Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, the… More »

By: 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 he died this past spring, the victim of his own heroin addiction. But one funeral wasn’t enough. And Oderus, the once-frozen alien overlord who led his band of scumdogs o… More »

By: 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 his home. Today, the Virginia medical examiner’s office reported that Brockie died of an accidental heroin overdose, as ABC News reports. The official cause of death is acute heroin toxicity. More »

By: 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 deals — is the new thing. And now, for their first public act since the death of founder and frontman Davie Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, the members of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2014 - 10:02 am

Scumdogs Of YouTube: 10 Memorable GWAR Moments

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 »

By: Adrien Begrand / March 24, 2014 - 3:24 pm

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 constant member in the band’s 30-year history. Performing as Oderus Urungus, Brockie was something of an underground icon, a proudly ridiculous and obscene figure who built a huge cult audience… More »

By: 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, art-metal monsters Gwar, in full costume, wedge themselves into the A.V. Club’s tiny studio to knock out a sloppy, punked-up take on Kansas’s Camaro-rock classic “Carry On My Wayward Son.”… More »

By: 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 morning, as Metalsucks reports (via Brooklyn Vegan). Smoot performed with the band last night in Minneapolis, so his passing is a sudden shock, to say the least. More »

By: 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 had previously granted them. The band, unfortunately, did not get to drench Fallon’s studio audience with geysers of fake blood, the way I’m sure they wanted to do, but they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2011 - 10:16 am

10 Possible Monday Night Football Replacements For Hank Williams, Jr.

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 »

By: Stereogum / October 6, 2011 - 4:24 pm

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 necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am