Despite the death of frontman Dave Brockie, Gwar's annual Gwar-B-Q event will still take place this year, the band confirmed. A statement from the band's manager, Jim Flanagan, notes that despite the tragedy, the event will persevere -- because it's what Brockie "would have wanted."
Gwar-B-Q is scheduled to take place Aug. 16 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Va. A public memorial for Brockie, who went by the name Oderus Urungus in the metal act, will be held at the venue the day before.
Brockie died last Sunday (March 23) at his home, having been found by a bandmate. A toxicology report is currently being awaited, and authorities do not suspect foul play was involved in his death.
Gwar-B-Q's official website promises "beer, bands, BBQ, skate park, events, water park, raffles, giveaways, guest celebrities and more."
Gwar was formed in 1984 as a costumed heavy metal act that utilized blood-and-gore imagery in its music and live performances. The band's guitarist, Cory Smoot, died of a heart attack in 2011.