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Gwar’s Dave Brockie: Rare Photos of the Alien Prankster

Backstage shots of the recently deceased Oderus Urungus

Gwar 2012, Dave Brockie,Oderus Urungus

Nick Ray McCann

Gwar singer Dave Brockie died on March 23rd at the age of 50, but he leaves behind a legacy of wild antics and indelible performances. Here's proof: a series of rare photos from the band's 2012 performance at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. The photo captions were provided by photographer Nick Ray McCann. 

The band grew comfortable with having me photographing and walking around. Brockie enjoyed goofing around with the various nasty props and severed limbs that lay about backstage. By the end of the night I felt like one of their own. To this day this assignment has been one of the most entertaining experiences I've ever had working with an artist. I was exhausted, beat up, soaked in fake blood, and my batteries were all dead, but the crowd was hilarious, the crew was incredibly friendly, and Brockie, as well as everyone in the group, treated me like I was unconditionally one of their own. It's truly sad to see him go. 

Gwar 2012, Dave Brockie,Oderus Urungus

Nick Ray McCann

Alien Refuse

Gwar frontman and founder Dave Brockie displays his sweaty armor after a performance in Sayreville, New Jersey. I thought for sure I was going to get kicked out a few times while I was photographing them without their costumes.

Gwar 2012

Nick Ray McCann

Preparing to Attack

Gwar's David Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus waits backstage before performing. More times than not, this was the face I'd get from Oderus, and I loved it.

Gwar 2012

Nick Ray McCann

Conquering Heroes

The members of Gwar jump on top of a World War II-era armored vehicle outside a VFW post in Sayreville, New Jersey. When I drove up [to photograph Gwar] that morning, I saw the tank and thought, "Damn, how the hell and I going to convince the band to dress up and pose with a giant tank?" 

Gwar 2012

Nick Ray McCann

Insane Selfies

Dave Brockie takes photos with fans before a performance. Despite his violent and edgy stage persona, Dave never turned down a chance to connect with fans. 

Gwar 2012

Nick Ray McCann

Draining the Lizards

Gwar takes a bathroom break backstage at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. I was told I only had a few minute for some photographs with the entire band, so I ran all over the venue to find a good spot, which ended up being the restroom.

Gwar 2012

Nick Ray McCann

Primping and Preening

Gwar founding member Dave Brockie pauses in the mirror for a moment after our bathroom photoshoot to adjust his armor.

Gwar 2012, Dave Brockie,Oderus Urungus

Nick Ray McCann

Combat Rock

Gwar's Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) battles one of the many monsters that stormed onto stage during any given performance by the band. 

Gwar 2012

Nick Ray McCann

Blood, Sweat and Beers

Gwar fans revel in the chaotic spray of fake blood during a show in Sayreville, New Jersey. This crowd was nuts. I was prepared for the showering of fake blood and guts from the stage; I wrapped my camera in some clear trashbags. The gear was fine, I was soaked. 

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