My son and I met GWAR at the Pittsburgh Comicon back in 2000. They did a live panel about the special effects and what goes into putting on a GWAR stage show. It was pretty cool. At their booth you could put on an actual GWAR costume and have your picture taken. They also walked around the floor in full costume. Rest in peace Dave 'Oderus Urungus' Brockie. Here's the photos I took of them --
Dave Brockie, founder and lead singer of outlandish metal band Gwar, died Sunday at the age of 50. The news was first reported by Richmond outlet Style Weeklyand confirmed by the band's manager Jack Flanagan.
"It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014," Flanagan said. "His body was found Sunday by his bandmate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."
Police were called to the singer's Richmond home Sunday night after responding to a call by Brockie's roommate. Brockie had already died by the time police arrived. Foul play is not suspected at this time, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.
"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop told the paper. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."
"I wish it was a joke," added former band member Chris Bopst. "Everyone is in shock."
Brockie had been in a punk band named Death Piggy that staged crude plays when he founded Gwar in 1984. After meeting band member Hunter Jackson, who had created props for Death Piggy and began work on the film Scumdogs of the Universe, Brockie used the outlandish costumes created for the film to form the joke group Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh. After numerous lineup changes and the shortening of the band name, Brockie dissolved Death Piggy and led Gwar, who released their debut album Hell-O in 1988.
The satirical metal band quickly earned a following for its macabre, over-the-top costumes and scatological, offensive lyrics, fashioning themselves interplanetary warriors descended from aliens who arrived on Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race. The band celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014, having released their 13th album, Battle Maximus, last year.
"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit," said Bishop. "He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."
In 2011, Cory Smoot, the Gwar guitarist known as Flattus Maximus, was found dead by his bandmates as they prepared to cross the border into Canada. Smoot, who joined the long-running band in 2002, had the longest tenure in the Maximus role and co-produced 2006's Beyond Hell and 2009's Lust in Space.
Back in January, The Trash Man from the blog Pop Pop! It's Trash Culture had a giveaway. Well, I won! Last week I received a big box of "trash". There's some really cool stuff here. Some of it I will keep and some of it I will pass on to my brother and nephew. Thanks for the giveaway Trash Man, I really appreciate it. Let's take a look at it, shall we?
First up is an Incredible Hulk Double Feature DVD featuring the two made-for-tv Hulk movies. I love the Hulk! Also a mini Thing bobble head and a Wolverine and Batman pin.
A Real Ghostbusters coloring book and a tin of Ghostbusters Slimer Sours (should I eat them? They're from 2009).
Comic books! X-Men 2099 #1 (1993). Superman #412 (1985). Marvel Feature Presents The Astonishing Ant-Man #6 (1972). The Mighty Thor Starring In Marvel Spectacular #4 (1973). And two mini Masters of the Universe comics (1984, 1985).
Trading cards! Rocky IV (Topps 1985). I wonder if the gum is still good? Batman Returns (Topps 1991). DC Versus Marvel (Skybox 1995).Beetlejuice (Dart Flipcards 1990). I may have to open these, I know I'm missing some from my set. Garbage Pail Kids Button (Topps 1986). GPK #177a (Topps 2013).
Unopened toys! Masters of the Universe Classics Chief Carnivus. WWE Rumblers "Macho Man" Randy Savage & CM Punk. Adventure Time Walkman Finn. Wendy's Kids' Meal The Land Before Time Dinosaur. Mega Bloks Power Rangers Super Samurai Series 2 Micro Figure. Adventure Time Key Chain.
Lego mini figures! Civil War figure and horse. Advent Calendar 2010, City (Day 14) Woman with Bread (I love Google!). Skateboarder.
Misc.! A lady McNugget. Super Mario Bros. Coin Candies. McDonald's Happy Meal Goomba. Donatello mini figure. Four M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Diener Space Creatures Veined Cranium Creature. Little rubber Ultraman. A pair of TMNT M.O.U.S.E.R.S. and a Gremlin magnet.
WOW! That's a lot of stuff. Thanks again Trash Man!
I know I haven't blogged much lately, I guess I'm getting lazy in my old age. I'm not giving up the blog, I'll still post stuff occasionally and maybe some day I'll start posting more. Or maybe not. I don't know. :)
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Here's some old (and weird) Valentine's Day cards. Have a great day!