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Formed: 1982
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest W.A.S.P. News

Below is our complete W.A.S.P. news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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W.A.S.P. Signs To Napalm Records, New LP Announced

Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria's Napalm Records. W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled Golgotha this August.

"W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records. We chose Napalm for their personal belief and professional commitment to our career. We're looking forward to years of great success together starting with the release of our upcoming album Golgotha", states W.A.S.P. front man Blackie Lawless.

Vice President of Napalm Records Thomas Caser on W.A.S.P. joining Napalm Records: "It is a true honor to announce this signing today, a dream has come true. With their impressive career and ability to create musical masterpieces W.A.S.P have always been one of the most influential Metal bands out there since the beginning of their career. We are thrilled about the upcoming album Golgotha which will be released this summer!"

W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Six years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!

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The Rockstar Ramblings: God Bless Chris Holmes

This week we have videos from Killit and Lucifer Rise, but what really matters is that we have another video from Chris Holmes. If you are having a bad day, watching this video may just be the cure. More...

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W.A.S.P. Cancels European Festival Shows

American heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. have announced they have canceled their scheduled appearances across Europe this Summer after lead singer Blackie Lawless broke his leg in a "vehicle related accident."

The cancelled shows include Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, Kirunafestivalen and Sommarock in Sweden and the Bang Your Head festival in Germany. A message from W.A.S.P. reads as follows:

"W.A.S.P. will unfortunately be forced to cancel the upcoming European festivals for summer 2013. Blackie Lawless was injured in a vehicle related accident that resulted in him breaking a leg. Complete recovery is expected following surgery. W.A.S.P. apologizes with all sincerity and say to all of our fans that we will be back next year bigger and better than ever. Blackie would also like to thank in advance all of those who wish to make inquiries about his well-being."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Counting Sheep

This week a game of cat and mouse, middle fingers, and hot sheep populate a week of hit or miss videos. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Friday Old School

This week a look at new videos from Ugly Kid Joe, Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Izzy Stradlin (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Great White; for those keeping a timeline at home, Ugly Kid Joe would be considered the “new” band of this group. More...

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Manowar To Headline Ost Fest 2012

New York's own true metal band Manowar announced that the band will headline the Saturday, June 16, 2012 portion of Ost Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be held from June 15-17, 2012 at the Romexpo.

Other acts confirmed are as follows:

June 15: Motley Crue, Dimmu Borgir, Overkill
June 16: Europe, Manowar
June 17: Megadeth, Motorhead, Lake of Tears, W.A.S.P.

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W.A.S.P. Announces European Tour Dates

W.A.S.P. has announced the first batch of European dates for the upcoming "30 Years of Thunder" tour. The currently announced shows are as follows:

5/17 - Ekateringburg, Russia - Teleclub
5/18 - Rostov, Russia - Dom Oficerov
5/19 - Stavropol, Russia - Dkis
5/20 - Krasnodar, Russia - Primiea
5/22 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glav Club
5/23 - Moscow, Russia - Arena Club
5/25 - Kiev, Ukraine - Bingo Club
5/27 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard Open Air
5/31 - Dessau, Germany - Metalfest East Germany
6/1 - Mining, Austria - Metalfest Austria
6/2 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Airport Park Terminal 3 - Loudfestival
6/3 - Jaworzno, Poland - Metalfest Poland
6/5 - Zadar, Croatia - Metalfest Croatia
6/6 - Milan, Italy - Metalfest Italy
6/7 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Switzerland
6/8 - Pizen, Czech Republic - Metalfest Czech Republic

You can also check out the latest blog update from W.A.S.P. by navigating over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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W.A.S.P. Announce "30 Years of Thunder" Tour

American metal band W.A.S.P. have announced that the band will embark on the "30 Years of Thunder" anniversary tour in the fall of 2012, starting in the UK.

The official announcement reads: "On September 21st 2012 W.A.S.P. will begin the “30 Years of Thunder” anniversary tour starting in the United Kingdom and continuing worldwide!!

"This World Tour will be the biggest spectacle W.A.S.P. have ever created. The two hour show will consist of three parts. A one hour set contain songs from the first four albums. The second set will be a 25 minute shortened version of 'The Crimson Idol' complete with the movie accompaniment. A third set will consist of material from the New Studio Album, older material and everything in between. This show will see multiple video screens, pyrotechnics, and elements from the early W.A.S.P. shows (maybe even an exploding cod piece) and Blackie’s moving microphone stand 'Elvis'! The '30 Years of Thunder' World Tour - This promises to be the Greatest W.A.S.P. Show Ever!!!"

The full tour date list was not announced as of yet.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: 1986 M/F/K

25 years ago hard rock and glam albums found regular rotation on the radio and pop culture thanks to MTV, Circus Magazine, and eighties culture. 1986 was riding the fringe of hair band saturation, but also the year Metallica and Megadeth put out timeless efforts. Since 1986 we have seen the grunge era, the boy band era, and the release of St. Anger. We’ve seen it all in the last 25 years.

Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. There is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again.

Master of Puppets (Metallica)
M: Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
F: Damage, Inc.
K: The Thing That Should Not Be
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Primordial And Xerath Added To Bloodstock 2011

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Irish black metal outfit Primordial and British extreme metal band Xerath have been added to this year's edition of the event. The festival will take place from August 12th-14th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire and will feature this lineup:

W.A.S.P. (Headliners)
Devin Townsend Project
Lawnmower Deth
October File

Immortal (Headliners)
Rhapsody Of Fire
Grave Digger
Angel Witch
The Rotted
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One

Motorhead (Headliners)
Morbid Angel
Napalm Death
Power Quest
Survivors Zero

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Sunday Old School: W.A.S.P.

In 1982, when Blackie Lawless put together his band W.A.S.P. (original members: Blackie Lawless, Rik Fox, Randy Piper, and Tony Richards ) there was an immediate buzz over what did the band name/acronym W.A.S.P. represent? From We Are Sexual Perverts to We Are Satan’s People, only the We Are was agreed upon. It was also agreed that Lawless was clearly a marketing genius. The answer is if you go to the dead wax area on W.A.S.P.’s first LP. You will see “we are sexually perverted” inscribed.

The band recorded their first song titled “Animal (F**ck Like a Beast),” which would later be the first song on their self-titled album W.A.S.P. This track would be pulled from the distribution so stores in the U.S. would carry it. It was clear from the start that this band would create and live a unique identity. If fellow Sunset Strip bands like Ratt were going to be about sex and hookers, and Motley Crue was going to be about drugs and strippers, well, then W.A.S.P. decided early on they were going to be about raping hookers and strippers who are on drugs.

In addition to groupies and cutters, their music also got the attention of the Washington D.C. based Parents Music Research Center (P.M.R.C.). A group of up-tight suits led by Tipper Gore declaring war on sex, violence, and vulgar musical lyrics, the basis for their argument was The Filthy Fifteen, a list of songs demonstrating their mission. In their eyes, this list (and not Tipper Gore’s pant suits) was destroying society. W.A.S.P.’s “Animal” was on the list with fellow heavy metal acts Motley Crue and Twisted Sister as well as pop stars Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Sheena Easton. Sheena Easton was on the list for a song named “Sugar Walls,” which I’m guessing pissed off Lawless because he didn’t come up with this song title first. Due to the “list,” the band received death and bomb threats from followers of the P.M.R.C. Blackie Lawless was even shot at twice. That is one more time than Ronald Reagan was shot at. Looking back, many forget that W.A.S.P. was a part of the The Filthy Fifteen, but they were part of it, and at the time pretty proud of this. More...

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W.A.S.P. Announces Festival Appearances

W.A.S.P. has announced a string of upcoming summer festival appearances, including the Bloodstock Open Air fest. The details of the appearances are as follows:

29-7-2011 Kuopio RockCock Festival (FIN)
12-08-2011 Bloodstock Open Air (UK)
13-08-2011 Skogsrojet Festival (SWE)

You can check out W.A.S.P. tracks and find more information on the band by heading over to the group's official MySpace page.

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Rex Brown Forms New Band With Vinny Appice

Down bass player Rex Brown, who is also a former member of Texas based heavy metal legends Pantera, has revealed that he has formed a new band with Vinny Appice, the former drummer for Black Sabbth/Heaven & Hell and Dio and guitarist Mark Zavon, who has been a member of Ratt and W.A.S.P. amongst others. Also in the band is lead singer Dewey Bragg. The band has described their sound as a mixture of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Alice In Chains and plan to begin recording music shortly.

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Motorhead And W.A.S.P. To Headline Bloodstock

The organisers of Great Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that, in addition to black metal icons Immortal headlining the second day of the event, heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. will be headlining the main stage on the friday, with rock gods Motorhead closing the festivities on the final day of the event. Speaking about the festival, Motorhead frontman Lemmy stated:

"Bloodstock is celebrating 11 years, Motorhead 36 years - Boys and girls, come and see, we will rock your fu**in’ ass’. See you at Bloodstock!"

The event will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 12th-14th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Ozzy Hangover Cure

Ozzy Osbourne has gotten into another traffic altercation, this time rear ending another car while driving a Ferrari. In honor of this monthly event, let’s have a quiz: Which of the following are true of Ozzy’s driving habits? A. It took him 19 attempts at the driving test in order to get his license. B. Ozzy once fell asleep during a driving test, the instructor was gone when he awoke. C. Ozzy repeatedly showed up with alcohol in his body to his driving tests. D. All of the above… More...

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Raintime Announces Shows With W.A.S.P.

Italy's Raintime has announced the following upcoming European tour dates alongside W.A.S.P.:

11/2 2010 (F) LYON NINKASI KAO
11/13 2010 (NL) UDEN DE PUL

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Shadowside To Tour With W.A.S.P.

Brazil's Shadowside will be supporting W.A.S.P. on an upcoming European tour. Vocalist Dani Nolden commented on upcoming tour dates:

"I trust that our anxiety and excitement alone might be enough to set the stage on fire even with the European cold weather! We're extremely proud for having the opportunity to share the stage with such a legendary band like W.A.S.P. We've played with lots of great bands before, headlined packed venues back home but this definitely feels special. We'll do our best and with a lot of energy, to satisfy the crowd and get them ready to be rocked crazy by Mr. Lawless. It will be a true Heavy Metal party not to be missed!"

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W.A.S.P. Announces European Tour Dates

W.A.S.P. has issued the following announcement about an upcoming European tour: "Due to the huge success of the 'Babylon' album and tour....the band are returning to European shores for another trek. 'The Return To Babylon' tour is coming to decimate you all! England, Norway, Scotland, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Spain...and more! No corner unturned! Tickets on sale NOW!"

The currently announced dates are as follows:

13.10.2010 Bergen -' Kvarteret' (Norway)
14.10.2010 Oslo - 'Sentrum Scene' (Norway)
15.10.2010 Örebro - 'Conventum Congress' Club 700 (Sweden)
16.10.2010 Stockholm - 'Stockholm Rock Out Gamla Tryckeriet' (Sweden)
17.10.2010 Malmö - 'Kulturbolaget' (Sweden)
18.10.2010 Göteborg - 'Trädgarn' (Sweden)
20.10.2010 Bremen - 'Aladin Music Hal'l (Germany)
21.10.2010 Leipzig - 'Hellraiser' (Germany)
22.10.2010 Zlin- 'Masters Of Rock Cafe' (Czech)
23.10.2010 Burglengenfeld - 'VA Zentrum' (Germany)
24.10.2010 Wörgl - 'Komma' (Austria)
25.10.2010 Köln - 'Essigfabrik' (Germany)
27.10.2010 Sofia - 'Festivalna Hall' (Bulgaria)
29.10.2010 Athens - 'Fuzz Club (Greece)
31.10.2010 Treviso - 'New Age Club' (Italy)
01.11.2010 Milan - 'Live Club' (Italy)
02.11.2010 Lyon - 'Ninkasi Kao' (France)
03.11.2010 Toulouse - 'Le Bikini' (France)
04.11.2010 Marseilles - 'Le Cabaret Aleatoire' (France)
05.11.2010 Pamplona - 'Sala Totem' (Spain)
06.11.2010 Vigo - 'Sala Rio' (Spain)
08.11.2010 Granada - 'Sala El Tren' (Spain)
09.11.2010 Madrid - 'Sala Heineken' (Spain)
10.11.2010 Barcelona - 'Razzmatazz 2' (Spain)
12.11.2010 Memmingen - 'Kaminwer'k (Germany)
13.11.2010 Uden - 'De Pul Live' (Holland)
14.11.2010 Tuttlingen - 'Stadthalle' (Germany)
15.11.2010 Zürich - 'Volkshaus' (Switzerland)
17.11.2010 Bad Arolsen - 'Outback' (Germany)
18.11.2010 Langen - 'Stadthalle' (Germany)
19.11.2010 Antwerpen - 'Trix' (Belgium)
20.11.2010 Nottingham - 'Rock City' (England,UK)
21.11.2010 Glasgow - 'Garage' (Scotland,UK)
23.11.2010 *TBA*
24.11.2010 Manchester - 'Academy 2' (England,UK)
25.11.2010 Cardiff - 'Millenium Music Hal'l (Wales,UK)
26.11.2010 Dudley - 'JBs' (England,UK)
27.11.2010 Dublin - 'The Academy' (Ireland)
28.11.2010 Belfast - 'Mandela Hall' (Ireland)
30.11.2010 Hamburg - 'Markthalle' (Germany) More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The 80’s Album Razor Test

This week I give you my top albums from the eighties hair bands. Essentially a top twenty-five list, with a twist; imagine all of the albums from the eighties disappeared and you could no longer listen to this genre ever again, similar to 1992, but permanent. Unable to own the music, hear the music on the radio, or even listen to a song at a bar…what would you do to change this? Allow me to present the razor blade test. How many times will you cut yourself to bring a particular album back to your life? More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dr. Ozzy

Recent news of Ratt canceling their European tour due to Stephen Pearcy needing a hernia operation confirms what the lead singer has been hinting at for years, he really is doing the heavy lifting for this band…

SpikeTV aired their annual Guys Choice Awards this past week, awarding Ozzy Osbourne with the Literary Achievement award for his autobiography. In other rumored news, Ozzy will receive be receiving an honorary Medical Degree in Pharmaceuticals for his consistent stoned performance on The Osbournes… More...

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