Watch GWAR Leader Oderus Urungus' Fiery Viking Funeral at GWAR B-Q
Though friends and family of David Brockie (the man behind the gnarly thrash metal monster mask) laid him to rest on April 1 at a private April Fool's Day service, as Consequence of Sound reports, his alter ego had not yet received a send off. So, in a tribute true to form for the outlandish band and its fervent fans, the Oderus costume was laid out and lit aflame Friday on a small viking ship floating amid Hadads Lake at the Richmond, Va. event.
Per viking tradition, the ship was set ablaze by a fiery archer's arrow. Watch video of the funeral here:
Before, the ceremony began with eulogies by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, Holliston creator/writer/director/star Adam Green, and GWAR’s long-time publicist Jon Freeman.
Blythe had eulogized Brockie at the private April event and noted this in his speech, stating, "Dave is the only motherfucker I know who has to get put away twice." Later, he posted the below image of the flaming ship to Instagram with the following text. You can watch footage of the nearly hour-long ceremony in its entirety here.
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 & family we had April Fool's Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & 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- & 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 as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed.