An Oderus Send-Off 

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Scott Elmquist

Thousands of Gwar fans circled Lake Hadad on Friday to pay tribute to the band's former frontman and last original member, David Brockie, who died earlier this year of a heroin overdose.

The band gave Brockie's stage persona, Oderus Urungus, a Viking funeral. With bagpipes playing in the background, an archer fired a flaming arrow at a gasoline- and firework-filled boat carrying Brockie's Oderus costume. While the boat went up in flames, fans chanted in unison: "Oderus, Oderus, Oderus."

The public memorial served as a prelude to Gwar B-Q, the annual music festival the band holds at the public swimming lake.

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Get an archer's-eye view of the Viking funeral pyre in the video below.

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