Music News Monday: GWAR frontman found dead, 90-year old Canadian conductor honoured, and more.

Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) at No Sleep Til Festival 2010 at Arena Joondalup, December 12, 2010. Credit: Stuart Sevastos on Flickr.

 

 
Davie Brockie of GWAR was found dead in his Virginia home Sunday evening, March 23.
 
Originally from Ottawa, the grotesque thrash metal frontman was only fifty years old. Police suspect no foul play although according to the official website, toxicology reports will finalize the cause of death.
 
GWAR first appeared back in 1984. They have been nominated for two Grammy awards including best metal performance in 1996, and best long-form music video in 1993 for Phallus in Wonderland.
 

GWAR – Phallus in Wonderland (Full Movie, NSFW).
 
GWAR’s annual GWAR-B-Q event at Hadad’s Lake, Richmond, VA is still scheduled to take place for August 16. A public memorial for Brockie will take place the day before on August 15 at the same location.
 
While some Canadian music greats pass on, others continue their musical legacies with grace.
 
Celebrated Canadian orchestra conductor and violinist Victor Feldbrill will be awarded the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Award next Monday at Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club.
 
The Toronto Sun reports that the award ceremony will take place three days after his ninetieth birthday; an event which is to be celebrated at the Canadian Music Centre with a performance by the Cecilia String Quartet.
 
Feldbrill was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada in 1985.
 

Victor Feldbrill – Order of Canada
 
Fellow Order of Canada officer Neil Young gave a revealing—or more confusing—interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
 
In it, Young said the reason behind purchasing 200,000 units of his 1978 album Comes A Time was due to a less than acceptable mastering error. Young, unhappy with the editing result, took the albums and used them to shingle a barn roof.
 
While fans of Young are aware of his penchant for sound quality (see Pono), the accumulation of 200,000 copies of an album to shingle a roof may be interpreted as a joke or a revealing truth.
 
It’s hard to say, but either way, it’s an entertaining thought. Young insists that the 200,000 copies were not purchased and used for target practice, as the legend goes, but that simply, he could not allow for “this album circulating around the world in bad quality.”  
 
And the JUNO Awards are still on! Catch our next blog update for news and announcements straight from the gala.

 
Leyland Bradley 

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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