Today (April 7, 2015), news broke that William Brockie, father of deceased GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus), was suing the metal band’s surviving members for allegedly stealing his son’s remains and possessions (including bass guitars and a gold record), in addition to unpaid concert earnings and unauthorized use of David’s image. On top of that, when William went to the band’s Slave Pit headquarters in May to pick up his son’s ashes, he claims to have been denied entry, before a staff member eventually provided him with “a small fraction of his son’s ashes which were delivered in a used plastic bag with Discover credit card logo on it,” according to the suit.
GWAR has responded to these claims, strongly denying the lawsuit’s claims. Via press release, the band says: “We did not steal Dave Brockie’s ashes, or anything else that belonged to him. In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave’s ashes, have been available to his attorneys for weeks.”
GWAR goes on to say that Brockie’s ashes were split up because a portion of them were meant to be buried with his monument in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery, while some were left to be kept at GWAR’s headquarters, per Dave Brockie’s wishes.
The band and it’s representatives say they cannot comment on the “substance of the lawsuit” since they has not yet seen the actual papers, but they claim to have done everything in its power to adhere to the wishes of Brockie’s father, following his son’s death from a heroin overdose on March 23, 2014, in Richmond, Va.
Let’s hope things don’t get uglier than they already have.