A new lawsuit is accusing the gore-loving metal band GWAR of stealing the property of their recently deceased intergalactic barbarian frontman Oderus Urungus, also known as Dave Brockie. His father filed the $1 million lawsuit against the band who — according to NBC News — took Brockie’s artwork, guitars, and his cremated remains.
The suit accuses the band of failing to pay Brockie’s estate what it was owed for the last tour; stealing his bass guitars, artwork and other personal effects, including a gold record; and trying to take control of Brockie’s estate from his father.
The goal, the suit suggests, was to cash in on Brockie’s likeness and effects without permission. The suit says the effort began the very day after Brockie died, when the band’s manager allegedly signed bogus releases allowing the band to use his name and likeness for merchandising.
As for Brockie’s ashes, the lawsuit is claiming that his former bandmates are keeping them under lock and key at GWAR’s Slave Pit headquarters. Last May, Brockie’s father attempted to retrieve his son’s remains, only to get a small portion which was allegedly “delivered in a used plastic bag with a Discover card logo on it.”
(Source: NBC News)