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Posted on Aug 18, 2014 12:38 pm
Gwar's Oderus Urungus, also known as Dave Brockie, was given a unique send-off this weekend at the 5th annual Gwar-B-Q: a traditional, flaming Viking funeral, UltimateClassicRock reports.
Brockie passed away in March after what was revealed to be an accidental heroin overdose. He was the last remaining original member of Gwar, serving more than three decades with the group. His bandmates chose to carry on with their annual festival as a way to allow themselves and their fans to celebrate Brockie's life.
In a Viking funeral, the deceased (or in this case, his famous costume) is laid in a boat along with offerings suitable to their earthly profession. Then the ship is launched into the water - and as as you can see above, often set on fire - in order to elevate the deceased in the afterlife.
The event was attended by Brockie's family and fans of the band as well as Lamb of God's Randy Blythe and former Dead Kennedys vocalist Jello Biafra. Blythe also paid tribute to his late friend on his Instagram page, including the note below beside a photo of the burning Oderus Urungus costume (see below).
Gwar recently announced that in addition to an upcoming tour through Canada and the United States, they were rebooting the band's lineup as a means to pay tribute to Brockie's incomparable legacy.