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.”