By Thomas Cowley
On March 23rd, GWAR front man and founding member Dave Brockie was found dead in his home at the age of 50. Since then, nearly every member of the rock and metal communities have expressed their heart-felt condolences to his family and fellow band members. From Disturbed and Tool, even all the way to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the world has mourned the passing of a truly unique artist.
In his memory, the Dave Brockie Foundation has recently been established which aims to further the arts. According to the foundation’s official statement:
“The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances of the arts. 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 field of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The Dave Brockie Foundation 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.”
Those who wish to contribute to the foundation, or those who want to commemorate the artist himself can now buy unique Dave Brockie tribute shirts directly from the official website. The shirt is black and features an image of Brockie in his infamous Oderus Urungus outfit minus the head piece, and includes both his name and his all too short lifespan. The shirts are going for $20 each.