W.A.S.P. Postpone European/UK Leg Of 40th Anniversary Tour To 2023

W.A.S.P. have postponed the European/UK leg of their 40th anniversary tour. The trek is now scheduled for 2023.

2023 Tour Dates:

03/17 Manchester, UK – Academy
03/18 Wolverhampton, UK – Steel Mill
03/19 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
03/21 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
03/22 Newcastle, UK – O2 City Hall
03/23 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
03/24 London, UK – Roundhouse
03/25 Dublin, IRE – National Stadium
03/26 Belfast, IRE – Ulster Hall
03/28 Moscow, RUS – 1930 Moscow
03/29 Moscow, RUS – 1930 Moscow
03/30 St. Petersburg, RUS – Giant Hall
04/08 Eindhoven, NET – Effenaar
04/09 Cophenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
04/11 Malmo, SWE – Moriskan
04/13 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
04/14 Helsinki, FIN – Kulttuuritalo
04/15 Oulu, FIN – Teatria
04/16 Umea, SWE – Idum
04/18 Sundsvall, SWE – Sporthallen
04/19 Gavle, SWE – Gasklockan
04/20 Eskilstuna, SWE – Lokomotivet
04/21 Karlstadt, SWE – Nojesfabriken
04/22 Stockholm, SWE – Stora Fallan
04/23 Huskvarna, SWE – People’s Park
04/25 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
04/26 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
04/27 Norrkoping, SWE – Flygeln
04/28 Kalmar, SWE – Kalmarsalen
04/29 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
05/01 Bremen, GER – Aladin Music Hall
05/02 Mannheim, GER – Capitol
05/03 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
05/04 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn
05/05 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
05/06 Geiselwind, GER – Music Halle
05/07 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
05/10 Zurich, SWI – Komplex 457
05/11 Laussane, SWI – Les Docks
05/12 Milan, ITA – Live Club
05/13 Padova, ITA – Padova Hall
05/17 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane
05/18 Sofia, BUL – Arena Sofia

Blackie Lawless commented:

“With enormous frustration, I’m forced to announce W.A.S.P. must postpone the 2022 European leg of the 40th-anniversary world tour. This hideous pandemic that’s stripped people of their freedom and lives, that’s caused countless artists to cancel or postpone shows for years, once again has reared its vicious head to claim us… again! For years we’ve worked really hard to make this tour our celebration, for not only for the fans, but for all of us involved. I’m sad, mad, tired and pissed off, but I’ll quote from the great W.E. Henley’s poem ‘Invictus’: ‘My head is bloody, but unbowed.’ That’s what I want from all of you, to go beyond this place of pain and loss, and NEVER bow to this THING! Our U.S. dates will continue as planned — BUT — WE WILL see you all next year Europe!!!”

GoFundMe Launched For Ex-W.A.S.P. Guitarist Chris Holmes Following Recent Cancer Diagnosis

As previously reported, ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes was recently diagnosed with throat and neck cancer. Now, an official GoFundMe campaign has been launched to assist him with medical bills. You can donate to that HERE.

Holmes’ drummer Steve Jackson commented:

“Hi Everyone,

This is a tough message to write.

You probably won’t know me but for the past 4 years I have been playing drums for Chris Holmes or you may know him as the ‘Mean Man’.

In the time I’ve spent getting to know Chris, I can assure you this is so far from the truth, as many of you who have met Chris will agree. He has a lot of time for his fans and I wanted to do something to help out after his recent Cancer diagnosis. The medical bills are coming in quickly, as they are working to get Chris the Cancer treatment he needs, as soon as possible.

As he is unable to tour during this time and he is going to have 7 weeks of extensive treatment, he is gonna need a little extra support to help to get himself back to full health and to kick cancers ass!! This is where hopefully you can help out! If you feel you can afford to donate something, I’d be very grateful and I know both Chris and Cathy would be too.

Anything you can give would be a massive help, while he is undergoing his treatment. Please feel free to share this to anyone, you know is a fan or friend of Chris, or of the music he has been a part of during his 40+ year career.

I thank you for all of your kind words that you have sent Chris so far. I know he has seen many of the messages and the extra positivity will help him and Cathy during this tough time. We will keep you updated as treatment progresses.

Steve”

Former W.A.S.P. Guitarist Chris Holmes Diagnosed With Throat And Neck Cancer

Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has revealed that he has been diagnosed with throat and neck cancer. As a result, he will no longer be performing on the 2022 Monsters Of Rock cruise.

The following statement was issued:

“This post is not easy to write because of the personal nature of it and we would rather you hear it directly from us before stories and rumours start to circulate and by respect for all of you who love and support Chris , we feel that this is exactly what we need at this time. Recently Chris was diagnosed with a cancer in throat and neck but the medical team have assured us there has been no metastasis and this is a good news . He will have to start as soon as possible a treatment of 7 weeks

I know how important the Monsters of Rock Cruise is for Chris and the band but the health of Chris is what we have to focus on right now for the next 7 weeks and we will reschedule the MORC for a future date. Thank You very much Larry Morand for your kindness & understanding in this matter, you are much appreciated and the world need more people as you . Thank you also to all the team who make a wonderful work following every band in each step

The bandcamp will still continue to run during this time but if there might be some delays please forgive me .
The best way to keep Chris positive is to continue to focus on the upcoming Canadian tour, shows we have in September and the UK tour in October. Don’t forget Chris is strong and he is a fighter and he will come back stronger than before.

Many of you in your own way shows us everyday how much you care,we are lucky to have you as friends, your strength keeps our spirits high to continue to fight another day.

Please we just ask for some privacy while we deal with this at this moment and Chris will come back to you stronger and ready to burn the stage with Stephen, Ollie,Lex and Florian

Keep rocking

Chris and Catherine Sarah Holmes

Chris Holmes & The Mean Men
Chris Holmes Official
Monsters of Rock Cruise”

Holmes’ former W.A.S.P. bandmate Blackie Lawless also wished him well:

“The entire W.A.S.P. family are all optimistic of a positive outcome concerning the diagnosis for Chris. I certainly wish him the very best. – Blackie Lawless”

W.A.S.P. Add More Dates To 40th Anniversary Tour With Armored Saint

W.A.S.P. have added more dates to their 40th anniversary U.S. tour with Armored Saint. You can find their updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

10/28 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
10/29 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
10/30 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/31 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Michael Schenker)
11/03 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavillion (with Michael Schenker)
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena (with Michael Schenker)
11/05 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory (with Michael Schenker)
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater (with Michael Schenker)
11/08 St Louis, MO – The Factory
11/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
11/10 Ashwaubenon, WI – EPIC Event Center
11/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
11/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
11/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
11/15 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
11/16 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
11/17 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
11/18 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
11/19 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
11/20 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
11/21 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/25 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
11/26 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
11/27 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/29 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater
11/30 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
12/02 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/03 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/07 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theater
12/09 San Francisco, CA – The Regency
12/10 Fresno, CA – Tower Theater
12/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

W.A.S.P.’s Blackie Lawless Is “Leaning In The Direction Of” Performing “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)” Live Again

During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” W.A.S.P.’s Blackie Lawless was asked about the possibility of the band performing “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)” on the band’s 40th anniversary tour. He responded by saying he is “leaning in the direction of doing it.”

Lawless said the following:

“I don’t know [if we will play it]. There’s a part of me that says it’s already out there. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Do I owe it to the fanbase to really make this a true retrospect of what we’ve done. If I had to give you an answer right now, I would say I’m leaning in the direction of doing it.”

He continued when asked why he abandoned the track:

“Two reasons. Number one, my religious convictions. [Because of] my Christian faith, I thought, ‘Well, this is not really something that I wanna say.’ But also, there was another reason as well. We were doing more serious material. Do you really want that conflict of messaging going on at the same time. So there was a two-fold reason for it.

We haven’t played that song in quite some time; it’s probably going on 15 years now. But however long it’s been, I think I made my point. So we’re in the process of… We’re discussing [the possibility of bringing it back]; let’s put it that way.”

[via Blabbermouth]

W.A.S.P. Announce 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour With Armored Saint

W.A.S.P. have announced a 40th Anniversary U.S. tour with Armored Saint. Michael Schenker will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates:

10/29 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
10/30 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/31 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Michael Schenker)
11/03 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavillion (with Michael Schenker)
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena (with Michael Schenker)
11/05 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory (with Michael Schenker)
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater (with Michael Schenker)
11/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
11/10 Ashwaubenon, WI – EPIC Event Center
11/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
11/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
11/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
11/16 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
11/17 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
11/18 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
11/19 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
11/20 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/25 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
11/26 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
11/29 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater
11/30 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
12/02 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/03 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/07 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theater
12/09 San Francisco, CA – The Regency

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless commented:

“For over 10 years we have not toured on U.S. soil. But starting October 28th, 2022… we return. 10 years I’d want, 10 years I’ve cussed, 10 years I’d lust to return…. To my homeland… and be a Wild Child, a Love Machine, to be Blind in Texas, On Your Knees and Headless.”

“So join me and the band, and very special guests Armored Saint as we celebrate W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary tour… Back in the U.S… Back to the Beginning. I’m gonna scream, c’ause I wanna feed, ’cause I wanna bleed, ’cause I Wanna Be Somebody. W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary tour… Back in the U.S… Back to the beginning.”