At GWAR’s annual GWAR B-Q, the thrash metal band paid tribute to lead singer David Brockie aka Oderus Urungus (who died of a heroin overdose in March) by laying out his Oderus costume on a small Viking ship and setting it on fire. Watch the touching and dramatic moment the fiery arrow hits the funeral pyre below. Now THAT’S how you go out! BLAZE OF GLORY, BITCHES!
From Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe’s eulogy:
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.