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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

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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