End of an era in some ways... especially when it comes to Richmond, VA.
GWAR Dave Brockie from 1986 - One of first shows at VCU (3rd?) - Oderus Urungus
Photos by Cindy Hicks
Oh, and one more...
Oh, and this odd thing happened almost one month before he died...
(wait for it)
I knew Dave in the mid-1980s, and crashed at punk/art houses where he and co-creatives practiced and built props for GWAR
I was a little younger than the GWAR guys and didn't come up to Richmond until I got out of my short stint in military school (well-deserved tween prison). I only went to one GWAR show, but enjoyed it and had insane things happen later (long story). Went to the slave pit a couple of times.
Almost got into a fight with Brockie at a party over him not sharing a joint with me and being his usual cocky self. Later, I got to know some of the band through friends and we mountain biked on the crazy-steep trails at Belle Isle together.
The thing I remember most is they pretty much acted like normal dudes in my experience with them. Cocky, but humble at the same time in many respects. I mean, there was some weird shit I won't mention here, but at least by my fucked standards they were normal.
Very much the same with Dave Grohl who seems very nice. I sat and chatted with Dave Grohl about my surfing plans at the notorious Mexicono House in the 90's when Dave G. had a house out there. I didn't know who he was until a friend of mine who was dating his sister (oh, god.. long story I'll never tell) told me later. Without knowing who he was, I asked his name and he just nicely told me, "Dave." and I went on to chat with him about where I was surfing in the morning, etc. - I wasn't much into pop culture, TV, radio etc. and spent a lot time doing subversive projects, surfing, mountain biking, etc. and pretty much only listened to hardcore cassette tapes at the time so I was mostly immune to knowledge of mainstream bands. I think he found it perhaps refreshing that I didn't know who the hell he was during the Nirvana craze and just treated him like anyone else I'd meet. Shit, nostalgic digression overload....
I have old friends and aquaintances that are simply just crushed today. Dave Brockie meant a lot to a lot of people who have perhaps different values than the mainstream who have disposable celebrities that have handlers and are always kept at arm's length. He wasn't always the easiest to talk to (the cocky thing), but I think even people who got rubbed the wrong way by him still respected the core values he held onto that so many others trash whenever the opportunity arises.
Well, hopefully Justin Beiber is ready to take his place at the helm of GWAR now. I'm sure Dave Brockie would've wanted it that way.