Written by Ryan Howe
Today marks six long years since our brother in rock, Dave Brockie, passed away. I find it hard to believe it’s already been that long. It seems like only yesterday I was sitting in my bedroom after school at 13 listening to “Bring Back the Bomb” for the first time.
Brockie made one of the biggest impacts on rock and roll since G.G. Allin, in my opinion. He helped start Slave Pit Inc., and worked tirelessly day and night to create some of the most controversial creatures in the industry.
Gwar was just one project this brilliant man was involved with. First came Death Piggy, a genius project that spawned the Scumdogs we all know and love. Then, X-Cops became a staple of Gwar pre-show entertainment; the members of the latter would dress up as crooked cops and do songs about… being crooked cops. A stitch that is more relevant today than ever I think. And when Gwar wasn’t being as silly and absurd as he wanted… he concocted the Dave Brockie Experience.
Though he had more than his fair share of ups and downs in his lifetime, one certainty remains. That is, Dave Brockie was a man full of love and adoration for all things art. He encouraged his fans to be as creative as possible.
Let’s all raise our glasses, hit our bongs, smash our light bulbs and say, Long Live Brockie!