The 2014 GWAR-B-Q is taking place this weekend at Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, Virginia. After the passing of Dave Brockie back in March, we all knew this would be an emotional event, and last night it definitely was that for everyone involved. Fans gathered early to pay their respects to Oderus Urungus at a memorial service and then the legend was sent off with a viking funeral! Speakers at the service included former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, Holliston creator Adam Green, publicist Jon Freeman, original Beefcake the Mighty Michael Bishop, and more. As each icon stepped onto the stage and paid their respects, you could tell that Dave was truly loved and now missed by all, but just like in real life, he was going to go out in style. After the speeches ended, the Oderus costume, which was laid out on a boat, was set on fire by a single arrow, and as they pushed the boat away, the fire grew larger and larger until the legend’s costume was no more. Speaking with fans that were there, it was the perfect send off for the GWAR icon, and luckily someone was there to film it all. Check out footage of the entire event below, as well as Randy Blythe‘s touching tribute on his Instagram last night! RIP Oderus! You were one of a kind and the world misses you. m/

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe – “Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave’s costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool’s Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad. But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just “left us”- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed.

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