Sad to hear about the death of Gwar’s frontman Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus. I thought I’d share a story from my own Gwar experience…
It was winter 2009 and I was just getting into shooting shows. I still had my first digital camera (Canon Rebel with a kit lens). I knew next to nothing about concert photography and was pretty much running on passion. I’d seen some crazy photos of Gwar´s live show somewhere, noticed that they were playing NYC and decided I wasn’t gonna miss it.
I arrived in the photo pit to find a few other photographers wearing trash bags. Their gear was wrapped in plastic bags too. I had nothing. I thought to myself that I probably didn’t know what I’d really gotten into. Fake blood started was everywhere pretty much as soon as they started playing. People were flying over the photo pit barricade. It was difficult to even try to get a clear shot off without a boot to the head or some kind of slime or blood in your face.
About halfway during the second song, the crowd broke the barricade. All the photographers almost got crushed but security ran in, held the barricade back and we narrowly escaped. I felt lucky that something worse didn’t happen. I walked upstairs to the balcony, continued shooting and made the shot here.
It was a concert experience that I’ll never forget. Rock needs monsters, villains, aliens, fake blood, theatrics and over-the-top personalities. RIP Dave Brockie