Jeremy Saffer
In many ways we lost two people today… 
 From my last shoot with Oderus Urungus aka Dave Brockie of GWAR. The news of his passing hits hard to so many… friends, family, fans all over the world, those inspired and influenced by Dave or GWAR… Many will mourn the loss of Oderus as well as the loss of Dave, who both were unique and amazingly talented artists from a single mind. GWAR has created an iconic legacy. They have been in movies, on tv shows, notably one of beavis and buttheads favorites bands, as the object to their video game was to get a ticket and get into the GWAR concert. When we look back at the history of music, GWAR will always be remembered as a fictional band that was always larger than life and usually bigger than most non-fictional bands on the planet. Or in GWAR’s case… any planet. As a kid, I used to wait all year for the time GWAR was going to come around and douse me in fake blood, green slime, and whatever else was going to be sprayed on me in the pit. I probably saw GWAR upwards of 25 times before I was even 18. Now, like so many others, every fall I wait to see what GWAR have done with their next stage show, often watching them at Rock and Shock amongst the many celebrities who would watch the show as well. GWAR was universal and transcended (or cross contaminated in Daves words) any fan base. Everyone knew GWAR… what some don’t know is that when Dave took the Oderus mask off, he was one of the nicest and funniest dudes around and always great to work with. One of those moments where I had an inner “I cant believe this is really happening!!!” is when I first got to do a photo shoot with GWAR… then again… and again… I was able to give a gift to my childhood, and have the legendary GWAR in front of my lens time and time again… every time I got that feeling of “this is why I do what I do”. Such humble guys and so very easy to work with always going above and beyond for shoots and to have fun. Dave was the mastermind of GWAR, he created it from his own imagination… he did the artwork, the comics, the costumes, everything… He is truly a one of the most multitalented people to stomp the stage. This Fall… we will feel the sting of his loss even more… when we are all waiting to see the next incredible GWAR show, as we do every fall… it is a void that can never be filled. October will certainly be a bitter sweet month for us all. Rest in peace Dave Brockie, Rest in peace Oderus Urungus. You will both be sorely missed. 

In many ways we lost two people today…


From my last shoot with Oderus Urungus aka Dave Brockie of GWAR.

The news of his passing hits hard to so many… friends, family, fans all over the world, those inspired and influenced by Dave or GWAR… Many will mourn the loss of Oderus as well as the loss of Dave, who both were unique and amazingly talented artists from a single mind. GWAR has created an iconic legacy. They have been in movies, on tv shows, notably one of beavis and buttheads favorites bands, as the object to their video game was to get a ticket and get into the GWAR concert. When we look back at the history of music, GWAR will always be remembered as a fictional band that was always larger than life and usually bigger than most non-fictional bands on the planet. Or in GWAR’s case… any planet. As a kid, I used to wait all year for the time GWAR was going to come around and douse me in fake blood, green slime, and whatever else was going to be sprayed on me in the pit. I probably saw GWAR upwards of 25 times before I was even 18. Now, like so many others, every fall I wait to see what GWAR have done with their next stage show, often watching them at Rock and Shock amongst the many celebrities who would watch the show as well. GWAR was universal and transcended (or cross contaminated in Daves words) any fan base. Everyone knew GWAR… what some don’t know is that when Dave took the Oderus mask off, he was one of the nicest and funniest dudes around and always great to work with. One of those moments where I had an inner “I cant believe this is really happening!!!” is when I first got to do a photo shoot with GWAR… then again… and again… I was able to give a gift to my childhood, and have the legendary GWAR in front of my lens time and time again… every time I got that feeling of “this is why I do what I do”. Such humble guys and so very easy to work with always going above and beyond for shoots and to have fun. Dave was the mastermind of GWAR, he created it from his own imagination… he did the artwork, the comics, the costumes, everything… He is truly a one of the most multitalented people to stomp the stage. This Fall… we will feel the sting of his loss even more… when we are all waiting to see the next incredible GWAR show, as we do every fall… it is a void that can never be filled. October will certainly be a bitter sweet month for us all. Rest in peace Dave Brockie, Rest in peace Oderus Urungus. You will both be sorely missed. 

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