BLACKIE LAWLESS reflects on WASP’s first US tour in 10 years: “I’ve never wanted something that doesn’t end badly before”

wasp It concluded its first US tour in 10 years with a sold-out show on December 11 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. It was the eighteenth sold-out show of the US tour, which began in late October. waspThe band’s performances included the return of the band’s classic hit “Animal (Damn Like a Beast)”which has not been played live for over 15 years.

The European leg of the 40th Anniversary World Tour kicks off on March 17 with a sold-out show in Manchester, England. Five new shows have been added to the trip, with additional dates in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Due to fan demand, VIPs meet with wasp Frontline commander Blackie Lawless That fans loved in the US will now also be performed on the European Tour.

Previously purchased tickets for the 2022 European Tour that have been rescheduled to 2023 are valid for the new dates. Call your venue if you have any questions. Tickets for the new shows and VIP tickets will go on sale on January 27, along with tickets for all shows in Sweden that have been on hold due to a change in promoter.

Looking back on the US tour, outlaw He said, “There have been many times in my life when I’ve been stuck between pain and euphoria, many times while making a record that had great meaning to me or a tour that was truly memorable. But the American tour that we finished was such a joy that I haven’t felt since the first tour we did.” out in ’84-’85. When the first round was over, I felt like a little kid taking his new toy from him. When I got Elvis [Blackie‘s mic stand] At the end of the last show, I stayed up longer on it than I usually do. I held this for what seemed like forever, and in my mind, it was a blur and I was flashing through my head all the shows we had just done and how I desperately wished this tour would go on. I’ve never wanted something that doesn’t end so badly before…even more so than the first World Tour in ’84-85’.

“I was blessed with a good memory, and that’s who I was ElvisI could see the faces of many of you who were at these shows. In a flash my head flooded and I just wanted to stay there.

“When we played at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville a couple of weeks ago, it had a profound effect on me and the whole band. We knew we were standing on sacred ground. Where I was standing and singing was the exact place I Loretta LynnHer body had been lying at her funeral just two weeks earlier. She was one of the kings of music. It was real greatness…. Coal miner’s daughter.

“That was an emotional night for us and from that moment until the rest of the tour we all kept talking about how we never wanted this tour to end. At these shows we got so much love from all the guys and it was so heavy when we were on stage The stage, I felt like we could cut it with a knife. Something really special happened between you and us on this tour. More than I’ve ever felt in my entire career.”

“Plus, I have to take a few minutes to address meet-and-greets. I’ve never done that before. Especially since I could have a real dialogue with those who were there. In the course of 30-plus gatherings, I learned more about your true feelings than I did before. Someone would say I should have started doing them many years ago. If I did, I don’t think it would have the same effect because the things I’ve been hearing from you have been the build-up of years and years of you studying those words and having the space to let them speak to you Which only time can do. It’s time to let you really think about how you’re going to talk about your life. The look on your faces when you spoke was for me at times a frustration hard to express, because mere words can’t paint the raw feelings I was feeling From many of you… I am supposed to be the writer here!

The European leg of the 40th Anniversary World Tour kicks off on March 17th in Manchester, England. Like most shows here in the US, Manchester now shares show business’ two sweetest words, ‘sold out’.

“Yeah, we’re coming to hit you, we’re coming to hurt you… while the asylum goes on this crazy traveling circus… and I can’t wait to start it all over again!”

outlaw It has led wasp as the lead vocalist and primary songwriter since its inception. His unique brand of visual, social and political commentary has taken the group to global heights and he has sold millions of records along with a legacy of sold-out shows worldwide for four decades. He was joined by a bassist Mike Duda and guitarist Doug Blairwhose tenures in the band span 26 and 18 years respectively, along with extraordinary drummer Aquilis Priester.

waspThe latest version of “ReIdolized (Soundtrack to The Crimson Idol)”which was released in February 2018. It was a remake of the band’s classic 1992 album “The Crimson Idol”, which was re-recorded to accompany the film of the same name to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original LP release. The re-recorded version also contains four songs missing from the original album.

waspIt was 2015’s latest studio album of new original material Golgotha.

waspHis first live show since December 2019 will take place on 23 July 2022 at Skansen in Stockholm, Sweden.

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