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Memorial Unveiled for Richmond Heavy Metal Legend Dave Brockie

Chuck Varga, a founding artist of Gwar, kisses his friend’s memorial site.
Chuck Varga, a founding artist of Gwar, kisses his friend’s memorial site. (Photo: Patrick Larsen)

*VPM intern Patrick Larsen reported this story.

Fans of the Richmond-based heavy metal band Gwar assembled in Hollywood Cemetery on Friday for the unveiling of a new memorial to the band’s late frontman, Dave Brockie.

Cheers rang out in the cemetery as the memorial for Brockie, known to fans as Oderus Urungus, was revealed.

Current Gwar vocalist Michael Bishop says Hollywood Cemetery is the perfect site for the memorial: it’s a resting place for influential Virginians and an old hangout spot for the band.

“It’s funny cause we were talking about coming in here and we were like ‘Well, there’s the same hole in the fence that we’ve been going through for the past 40 years,’” said Bishop.

Brockie left a huge imprint on the Richmond music scene, which has long been synonymous with heavy music.

The unveiling serves as closure for Gwar’s fans and the many people involved in the art collective surrounding the band.

“He deserves it and the fans need a place that they can go,” said Bishop.

Despite the passing of their frontman, Gwar continues to play shows around the world and run its own bar in Richmond, GWARBar.