The surviving members of Gwar are launching a foundation to honor their late frontman Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, who died at the age of 50 on March 23rd. The foundation is intended to support other artists as well as preserve Brockie's own creative output.
The bandmates released a video on YouTube this week announcing the creation of the foundation and thanking fans for their support. A statement explaining the foundation's goals accompanied the video:
"The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts," the statement said. "It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave's body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels.
"The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave's vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation's first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man."
In the video, the band also announced that they will hold a public memorial for Brockie on August 15th at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Virginia, the day before the annual Gwar-B-Q.
"So just face it: Oderus would order you to be present and to pay tribute to Dave Murray Brockie, his own personal slave," the band concludes.