Dave Brockie Foundation update…

April 10th, 2014 by jack Comments Off Gwar,News

GWAR Releases Video Statement and Announces Creation of

Dave Brockie Foundation

 GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. would like to thank the fans and friends for the outpouring of love after the passing of our dear friend Dave Brockie.  Our intention is to honor Dave, preserve his legacy and continue to share his brilliant works with the world.  With that being said, GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to announce the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation.

 A video message from GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. addressing the fans can be viewed HERE.

The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts.  It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity.  The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels.  The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave’s vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.”

Donations can be made to The Dave Brockie Foundation at http://www.gwar.net/dave-brockie-foundation.

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Dave Brockie… A man you don’t meet everyday.

March 27th, 2014 by jack Comments Off Gwar,News

Updated Statement From GWAR Regarding The Passing of Dave Brockie

 Jack Flanagan manager of GWAR has issued this official statement:

 On behalf of Dave Brockie’s family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days.  Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

As Dave and Oderus would have wanted, this year’s GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA) will still take place as planned. We have scheduled the Dave Brockie public memorial to take place the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, Friday August 15th, also at Hadad’s Lake.

More information shall be released as the details are confirmed.

hold fast my friend…

March 24th, 2014 by jack Comments Off Gwar,News

For Immediate Release

March 24, 2014



Dave Brockie Lead Singer and Founder of Metal Band GWAR

Passes Away Sunday March 23rd, 2014

Jack Flanagan, manager of GWAR has issued an official statement:

“It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014.  His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified.   A full autopsy will be performed.  He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

Mr. Jack Flanagan

Issachar Entertainment/ Slave Pit Inc.


lionize announce warped tour dates…

March 21st, 2014 by jack Comments Off Lionize,News,Weathermaker

DT:       MARCH 20, 2014










                                             LIONIZE photo: http://msopr.com/files/lionize_band_med_res.JPG

“…great things have arrived in the form of a tightly sequenced, beautifully produced collection that deepens the band’s ability to bring weathered hard rock tropes screaming into the present tenses, via an infusion of soul and blues.”

–Jeff Miers, BUFFALO NEWS, March 15, 2014

 As the rock, soul and blues band LIONIZE prepare to head back out on the road in April, the group–NATE BERGMAN (vocals/guitar), HENRY UPTON (bass/vocal) and CHRIS BROOKS (keyboards & vocals), CHASE LAPP (drums)–have announced they’ll perform all summer long on the VANS WARPED TOUR, launching June 13 in Houston, TX.

“We are very excited to return to the Vans Warped Tour as alumni in 2014,” LIONIZE frontman NATHAN BERGMAN states. “With a variety of talented bands and new attractions this year, we are really looking forward to bringing some loud and funky Rock and Roll to the festival.  See you all summer long!”

Hailing from Silver Spring, MD–near the Washington, D.C. stomping ground of their hardcore idols—LIONIZE recently released their new album JETPACK SOUNDTRACK on Weathermaker Music, the label owned and operated by Maryland rock group Clutch. Co-produced by Jean-Paul Gaster, drummer of Clutch, and Machine (Fall Out Boy, Lamb of God, King Crimson) at the Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey, the album finds the group creating an 11-song journey through their multi-faceted musical influences–spanning heavy rock, soul and blues–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke. The album’s first single “Reality Check” showcases LIONIZE’s precise musicianship; they smoothly shift gears and smack you with a gargantuan hook at an exhilarating pace.  Listen to “Reality Check” here: http://lionizemusic.com.

Who is LIONIZE? Watch the following clip where VANS WARPED TOUR founder Kevin Lyman and a group of their peers, introduce the band:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpHCqjPoAGE&feature=youtu.be

 Check out what critics are saying so far about LIONIZE:

 “Lionize infuses a soulful Southern gospel element into their sound with the inclusion of a stabbing Hammond organ. The keyboards are more than superfluous texture, acting like a second axe. Lyrically, Lionize delves into a world of robotic sci-fi and fantasy. On paper, the symbolism of stiff, heavy cyborgs doesn’t mesh with the fluid basslines, rich vocal harmonies, and snappy drum fills, but Lionize pulls it off on songs such as ‘Replaced with Machines’ and ‘Skynet.’ Album ender ‘Sea of Tranquility’ even bathes in reggae worship.”

–Joshua Bottomley, OUTBURN, (9-out-of 10 stars, April, 2014)

 “Mixing ’70s-influenced hard rock with funky grinding dub into a rather intoxicating brew, DC outfit Lionize offers a surprisingly strong departure… guitar textures trade between fuzzy distorted riffs, wet drops of wah wah notes and piercing fret-jumping solos, thick bass and heavy organ create a robust bed of dub-laced grooves, and the tuneful sandpaper-chafed vocals of Nate Bergman wheels over top of it all. Lionize has earned much street cred in their eight-year tenure, serving as touring band for Lee “Scratch” Perry, warming up the stage on tour with such diverse and respected acts as Bad Brains and Galactic, playing both Bonnaroo and the Vans Warped Tour and issuing albums all throughout.”


 “Lionize is a tenacious hard-working band with moxy and talent. Framing themselves within an imaginative palette of groove-heavy drumming, rippling rock riffs, and smatterings of eyebrow raising dub reggae, these elements congeal to form a refreshing addition to the rock lexicon.

–Oscar Jordan, THE ROCK RAG (Los Angeles, CA, March 2014)

“Maryland seems to be a hotbed of musical volcanic activity over the last few years. But for the last 10 years or so, Lionize have been blazing a path of their own with their hard rock and reggae style first shown to me by Bad Brains some 30-plus years ago. I’d say they have become the next ambassadors of those elements I just mentioned.”

–Steve Truglio, AQUARIAN WEEKLY (3/5/14)

  “[On Jetpack Soundtrack], Deep Purple organ runs and big Southern rock shout-along choruses for its most complete statement so far.”

–Matthew Everett, METRO PULSE (Knoxville, TN, 3/17/14)

“…an unrelenting blast of soulful fury that denies to be constricted to a single specific genre.

–Dan Ursem, MIRROR NEWS (Dearborn, MI, 3/3/14)

“With amps cranked and drums the concert-goers could feel in their chests, Lionize had the audience rocking harder than anticipated for a Thursday evening. Guitarist and lead singer Bergman was at the top of his game, in full control of fuzzed out guitar riffs and a voice that ranged from soulful shouts to bluesy, Black Keys-like vocals. The rest of the band performed excellently as well, and showcased their individual talent as well as their ability to perform as a unit. The performance overall was marked by a level of cohesiveness that only comes with experience, and Lionize has paid its dues.”

–Trent Burns, THE AMERICAN EAGLE, (Washington, DC, 2/24/14)

 Lionize is a Maryland-based band that never stops amazing fans with every album released.[ On Jetpack Soundrack,] Lionize’s new funky rock style will make metal lovers stop and take notice.Reality Check’ is the first single released off of ‘JetPack’ and has a hip, upbeat feel with a lively chorus.”

–Krash Kiten, HEAR MAGAZINE (Detroit, MI, 2/13/14)

 “On the new record, Lionize’s unique sound leans heavily towards groove-based, funk infused jam-rock reminiscent of old-school Red Hot Chili Peppers-with a twist of organ. Standout tracks include ‘Reality Check,’ a dark and dangerous sounding song driven by alternating guitar and organ hooks, and ‘Replaced by Machines’ which showcases the talent of the band both as a unit and as individual musicians.

Lionize has been playing music together for 10 years now, and they’ve made a point to show that off on their latest album. Jetpack Soundtrack sees the band at their tightest thus far and makes for a cohesivealthough wild–ride through all 11 tracks. RIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Foxy Shazam.”

–Trent Burns, THE AMERICAN EAGLE (Album review, Washington, DC, 2/20/14)

 “Jetpack Soundtrack may be their best work to date with added depth, power, and creativity relative to their previous work…Lionize deliver great songs with a mulit-layered invigorating sound.”

–Gideon Thomas, CRYTPICROCK.COM, (3/6/14)

 “…with Jetpack Soundtrack, Lionize have developed a style of Jam Band music for a new generation. They take groove-heavy hard rock mix in some dark reggae and add a touch of Clutch sounding stony rock… Jetpack Soundtrack is a solid album from beginning to end.”


 Catch LIONIZE on the road in the following cities:


LIONIZE Headline Dates:
Mon 4/14 Asheville, NC The Millroom
Tues 4/15 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
LIONIZE with Umphrey’s McGee:
Sun 4/16 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
Mon 4/17 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
Tues 4/18 Dallas, TX House of Blues Dallas
Weds 4/19 Austin, TX Stubb’s Wallar Creek Ampitheatre
LIONIZE UK Tour with Clutch:
Tues 4/22 Newcastle O2 Academy
Weds 4/23 Leeds Metropolitan
Thu 4/24 Manchester Academy
Tues 4/29 Birmingham O2 Academy
Weds 4/30 Brighton Concorde 2
Thurs 5/1 London Forum
Sat 5/3 Nottingham Rock City
LIONIZE at Temples Festival
Sun 5/4 Bristol Temples Festival at Motion
LIONIZE UK Tour with Clutch:
Tues 5/6 Edinburgh Liquid Room
Weds 5/7 Glasgow O2 ABC
Thurs 5/8 Belfast Limelight 2
Fri 5/9 Dublin Dublin Academy
Fri 6/13 Houston, TX Reliant Center Parking Lot
Sat 6/14 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Sun 6/15 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Tues 6/17 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
Weds 6/18 Mesa, AZ Quail Run Park
Thurs 6/19 Las Vegas, NV Luxor Lot
Fri 6/20 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Sat 6/21 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 6/22 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Weds 6/25 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Thurs 6/26 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 6/28 Southeast Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Sun 6/29 Portland, OR Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
Weds 7/2 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Thurs 7/3 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Fri 7/4 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sat 7/5 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/6 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
Tues 7/8 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Weds 7/9 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Thurs 7/10 Mansfield, WA Xfinity Center
Fri 7/11 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/12 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
Sun 7/13 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
Tues 7/15 Burgettstown, PA First Niagra Pavilion
Weds 7/16 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thurs 7/17 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Fri 7/18 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sat 7/19 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 7/20 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
Tues 7/22 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Weds 7/23 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
Thurs 7/24 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Ampitheatre at Lakewood
Fri 7/25 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Sat 7/26 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Ampitheatre
Sun 7/27 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Mon 7/28 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
Tues 7/29 Nashville, TN Tennessee State Fairgrounds
Weds 7/30 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Ampitheatre
Thurs 7/31 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 8/2 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairpark
Sun 8/3 Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High







                                  Cover artwork: http://msopr.com/files/jetpack_soundtrack_cover_art_low_res.jpeg.



The Maryland-based band LIONIZE formed in 2004, learning to play music by jamming and listening to each other. Now, ten years later, the band has matured into a much more powerful, unit. Whether touring extensively in the past on a limited budget, or playing to 10,000 people at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, LIONIZE always seems to look for a challenge. Space Pope And The Glass Machine (2008) revealed their affinity for reggae. Destruction Manual (2011) and their last album Superczar And The Vulture (2011) broadened into a more multifaceted musical direction by incorporating rock, soul and blues influences–such as Deep Purple, O. V. Wright, Led Zeppelin and Solomon Burke–that became the proverbial keys for taking the Weathermaker Music machine out for a late night joyride. LIONIZE first supported Clutch in 2006 and they found a shared regard of music as a sacred cultural and intellectual art form, particularly jazz and rock and roll. That bond endeared the younger band to their seasoned patrons. Weathermaker Music–the label established by Clutch–eventually signed the band and the forthcoming JETPACK SOUNDTRACK is their first release of a new artist on the label.

Read the Q&A with LIONIZE frontman NATE BERGMAN on ArtistDirect here: http://tinyurl.com/matol3v.

Watch the video for “Dr. Livingston” (off their previous Superczar and the Vulture album) featuring cameos from H.R. of Bad Brains, CKY’s Jess Margera, the Pietasters and the 9.30 Club Crew.


For LIONIZE publicity, contact:

Libby Coffey/MSO PR

818-380-0400 x224



Bari Lieberman/MSO PR

818-380-0400 x222


GWAR photos in tokyo… great link to over 200 photos of GWAR tokyo show

March 11th, 2014 by jack Comments Off Gwar,News
Photo credit is Takumi Nakajima.