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.”