Saying Goodbye To Dave Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus


Photo credit: JoJo Shrader

(PCM) A very special public memorial service was held this past weekend in Richmond, VA to honor the life of GWAR frontman Davie Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus. Fans, friends and family gathered together at Hadad’s Lake to pay their last respects and share their memories. Speakers at the memorial included Jello Biafra and Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, who both shared incredibly touching tributes and fun stories about their memories of Brockie. There were plenty of moments of laughter throughout the tears.

After the memorial service, Brockie’s infamous Oderus Urungus costume was set ablaze on Hadad’s Lake in a traditional Viking Funeral Pyre. For those in attendance it was an incredibly intense moment and an incredibly fitting way to say goodbye to our beloved character.

Blythe later posted the following tribute on his Instagram account:

“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 and family we had April Fool’s Day.

“I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, and 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 — and 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.”

The memorial service was the kick-off to this year’s GWAR B-Q which also took place at Hadad’s Lake and featured performances from GWAR, Body Count, The Misfits, Hatebreed and more!

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Catching Up With Wild Cub At Firefly Music Festival


(PCM) We recently caught up with Nashville-based band Wild Cub while out at the recent Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE last month.

After their amazing performance at Firefly, Wild Cub embarked on their own headlining tour throughout the U.S. that will wrap up on August 7th in San Francisco, CA.

Wild Cub are currently out on the road in support of their debut album “Youth” and their recently released iTunes exclusive EP “Letters Home From Far Away: Cover, Outtakes and Live Recordings”.  The band’s awesome cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” can be found on the new EP and well as hit tracks such as “Wishing Well” and “Thunder Clatter”.

You can watch our interview below:


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Interview with JOHNNYSWIM At Firefly Music Festival 2014


(PCM) We were able to catch up with amazing husband and wife duo JOHNNYSWIM while out at the Firefly Music Festival, which took place at the Woodlands in Dover, DE last month.

The group have been making a ton of festival appearances this summer, just recently appearing at the Forcastle Festival in Louisville, KY and will also be performing at Lollapalooza this August in Chicago, IL.

The duo were also featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and made a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

JOHNNYSWIM are currently touring behind their debut full-length album “Diamonds” which was produced by JOHNNYSWIM’s own Abner Ramirez in Nashville, TN.

We absolutely adored the group while out at Firefly and they are without a doubt a band that needs to be on your radar right now!

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Catching Up With The Tontons At Firefly Festival 2014


(PCM) One band that was generating a huge amount of buzz at this year’s Firefly Music Festival was The Tontons.

The band were one of the choices to play the Red Bull Sound Select Stages at this year’s festival and are currently touring behind their latest album release “Make Out King And Other Stories”.

We were able to catch up with the band while hanging out in the Red Bull Artist Lounge backstage…check it out below:

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Slipknot Post An Uber Creepy Video Trailer


(PCM) We are all eagerly anticipating the upcoming new album from Iowa rockers Slipknot, as they have been hard at work on it for quite some time now.

We spoke with front-man Cory Taylor back in May when he was the guest of honor at this year’s Roast On The Range and he told us “People are going to lose their minds when they hear the new Slipknot record”!

Earllier today, Slipknot posted and then promptly removed quite an interesting video trailer! Many are speculating about what it could be for, but chances are it is a quick glimpse into the theme for the new album.

The band has recently announced that Knotfest will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. Slipknot will headline two of the three days, Friday and Saturday, playing a completely different set on each night. More than two dozen other acts are scheduled to appear, including Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice And Men, Danzig, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, In This Moment, Hellyeah, Atreyu, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Testament and many more.Friday night’s show will be exclusively for fans who buy VIP or camping packages.

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Dan Croll Talks Festival Life, Latest Album And More!


(PCM) We were recently out at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE and caught up with British singer/songwriter Dan Croll.

Croll’s set on the Firefly Main Stage was sweet music to our ears and we enjoyed being able to chat after the set about topics such as festival life, the music industry, and of course his latest album release “Sweet Disarray”.


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Catching Up With The Wild Feathers At Firefly 2014


(PCM) What I adore so much about The Wild Feather’s is their ability to put a unique and fresh spin on the genre of southern rock n’ roll. The band gives it their own flavor and fans across the country are eating it up.

We were able to catch The Wild Feather’s performing at this year’s Firefly Music Festival and they were definitely one of our highlights throughout the entire weekend.


The band is currently touring in support of their self-titled debut album and their current single “Left My Woman Behind” is continuing to pick up more and more steam.


PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had a chance to catch up with The Wild Feathers at Firefly to discuss changes in the music industry, the importance of touring, upcoming plans and more. You can check out the full interview below:

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Catching Up With Kongos At Firefly Festival


(PCM) South African rockers, Kongos, put on an incredible performance during their recent appearance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE.

The band, which consists of four brothers Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Daniel Kongos, fill the stage with a true sense of passion and intoxicating energy. Despite their early set time, kicking off the Firefly Main Stage, they were the ideal wake-up call to shake things up and get everyone moving at the festival.


The band’s single “Come With Me Now’ is blowing up at radio and is surely becoming one of biggest hits of the summer. The track comes from the band’s latest album release “Lunatic” which is available now!

I had a chance to catch up with both Jesse and Johnny of Kongos backstage at Firefly!  Check out our interview below:

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Outkast And Jack Johnson Round-Out An Epic Firefly Festival Weekend


(PCM) I could hardly believe that after Thursday and Friday’s epic performance there were still two more days lined-up for Firefly Music Festival. As I made my way into the festival around noon on Saturday, I was greeted by sounds of “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles blasting through the speakers of the Lawn Stage, the same thing occurred on Sunday around noon as well.

I felt that it was a warm and lovely way to greet festival goers as they were making their way into the festival grounds each day…almost like a little good afternoon hug of a song!

All mushiness aside, I was able to check out some awesome performances on Saturday afternoon and evening from artists such as Bad Things, Twenty One Pilots, Unlikely Candidates, Third Eye Blind, The Wild Feathers, Grouplove, Cage The Elephant, Walk Off The Earth, Imagine Dragons, Johnnyswim, Beck, Outkast, Pretty Lights and X Ambassadors.

With so many great artists on the bill for Saturday it was such a challenge to try to make it to all the performances, but I did my very best and it was certainly a wonderful day for music that lasted well into the early morning hours. My crew and I were staying at a friends home about a mile or two away from the festival and we could still hear the thumping rhythms of both Pretty Lights and X Ambassadors once we had left the festival grounds.


Once all the other stages had quieted down for the evening the spotlight was on Saturday night headliners Outkast and I found myself completely and totally engrossed in the sea of over 80,000 fans who flocked to the main stage to witness the magic that Outkast brought to the stage.


If I could not have dreamed for a better set list from Outkast!  Launching right out of the gate with “B.O.B” straight into “Gasoline”, “Aquamini” and “Rosa Parks” the duo consisting of rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi held the audience completely captivated. Andre 3000′s platinum white wig and “Children of the Cornbread” jumpsuit was a trip and the pair truly appeared to be having a great time interacting on the stage and joking around with one another like old friends.

Earlier in the afternoon two of my favorite performances came Unlikely Candidates and Twenty One Pilots who certainly know how to put on a fantastic stage show. I could not believe how many people were in attendance to check out Twenty One Pilots despite their early afternoon set time. Later on, without a doubt Cage The Elephant went above and beyond engaging with the crowd and making sure “everyone throughout the festival was going to hear their performance”.

My only small complaint was putting Walk Off The Earth and Cage The Elephant on stage at the same time. I know that Walk Off The Earth did another performance at the Coffee House stage at a different time, however with the rest of the days packed schedule I felt like I was running back and forth to be sure I at least caught a good amount of each bands set.

After Cage The Elephant it was wonderful to see Imagine Dragons make their triumphant return to the Firefly stage. Playing the festival in its’ inaugural year on one of the smallest stages with an 11:30 am time slot, it was truly magical to see the way that this band has truly blown up and now they are gracing the festivals largest stage in the early evening hours to an enormous crowd of eager fans.

Imagine Dragons played an incredible set that included a covers of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” and the band’s new song “Battle Cry” was performed live for the very first time. To close out their set Imagine Dragons were joined on the stage by Cage The Elephant to perform their hit song “Radioactive”.

Beck was another artist that I got to witness live for the first time at Firefly and I was absolutely blown away. Looking incredibly dapper, Beck plowed though his set that opened up with “Devil’s Haircut” and “Loser” among other tracks. The best was his amazing cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that had the entire crowd going absolutely wild.

After the incredible performances on Saturday, I think we were all in need of a little bit of slowing down and that is exactly the kind of vibe that Sunday, Firefly’s final day, provided.

We were able to catch performances from Dan Croll, Vance Joy, Nonono, Kawehi, Weezer, Ziggy Marley, The Lumineers, Phantogram, Jack Johnson and Childish Gambino to round out yet another amazing year at Firefly Festival 2014!



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New Politics Talk Firefly Festival, MoumentTour And More!


All photography credit: Ken Schuler

(PCM) PCM’s Kristyn Clarke recently had the opportunity to catch up with New Politics while out at the Firefly Music Festival which recently took place at The Woodlands in Dover, DE.

New Politics hail from Copenhagen, Denmark and are certainly creating quite a bit of buzz throughout the musical realm. The band brings so many various elements to their sound that it is incredibly difficult to box them into one particular genre or another, but we can say one thing for sure….a New Politics performance is always a good time!


The band tore up the stage at Firefly and even treated us to a little impromptu Justin Timberlake cover towards the end of their set!  Be sure to catch the band out on the road this summer with both Fall Out Boy and Paramore as part of the epic MonumentTour!

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