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W.A.S.P.

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

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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. Cancel Bremen Show

W.A.S.P. has issued the following statement:

"Unfortunately [the concert in Bremen, Germany originally scheduled for Thursday, December 20] was canceled due to Danial Stanton (tour manager) being taken for a emergency operation. The band didn't see itself in the position to come to Bremen. Those who bought tickets, please go to the VVK places return at which they were bought. Unfortunately a rebooking is not possible for the band at this time. Tonight's show [in Speyer, Germany] is OK and going ahead."

W.A.S.P. kicked off its "The Crimson Idol Tour" on October 26 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The band is performing the 1992 album in its entirety while never-before-seen video footage is being shown throughout the show. After a short break the group returns for another a 30-minute set of W.A.S.P. classics.

W.A.S.P.'s latest album, "Dominator", was released in digipack and LP format on October 1 via Demolition Records. The digipack features a special 3D cover.

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W.A.S.P Announce Australian Tour Dates

The legendary band W.A.S.P will be coming to Australia for the first time ever in April next year in celebration of the 15th Anniversary since the release of the landmark 'The Crimson Idol' album. On the Crimson Idol World Tour, W.A.S.P will be performing two sets; the first being the entire Crimson Idol album, and the second set consisting of old classics and new material, including tracks from the bands' latest album 'Dominator'. Australian hard rock legends The Poor will be hitting the road for the first time in ten years to join W.A.S.P as very special guests.

The tour, tickets for which go on sale Monday January 14th 2008 from ticketek or venuetix, comprises of only four shows, as follows:

Tuesday, April 08 Sydney Metro Theatre
Thursday, April 10 Brisbane The Tivoli
Sunday, April 13 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
Tuesday, April 15 Melbourne Forum Theatre

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W.A.S.P. Schedule Australian Tour Dates

W.A.S.P. has lined up the following Australian tour dates in April of next year:

Apr. 07 - Sydney, AUS @ Enmore Theatre
Apr. 08 - Sydney, AUS @ Enmore Theatre
Apr. 10 - Fortitude Valley, AUS @ The Arena
Apr. 13 - Adelaide, AUS @ The Barton Theatre
Apr. 15 - Melbourne, AUS @ Forum Theatre
Apr. 16 - Melbourne, AUS @ Forum Theatre More...

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More W.A.S.P. US Tour Dates Surface

W.A.S.P. are confirmed for two shows at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on February 15th and 16th. More US dates have surfaced but have not been confirmed by the band yet, and are therefore subject to change. The US schedule is currently as follows, with more shows expected to be announced soon.

February
15 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
16 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
22 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
24 - The Fillmore (Irving Plaza) - New York City, NY
23 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY

Remaining dates on W.A.S.P.'s ongoing European tour are as follows:

November
18 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgarn
21 - Bergen, Norway - USF
24 - Riga, Latvia - Sapnu Fabrika
25 - Tallin, Estonia - Rock Café
30 - Chemnitz, Germany - Hellraiser E.V.

December
1 - Zlin, Czech Rep. - Hala Novesta
2 - Budapest, Hungary - Wigwam
5 - Santiago, Spain - Capitol
6 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
7 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
8 - Murcia, Spain - Sala Gamma
9 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
12 - Treviso, Italy - New Age
13 - Milan, Italy - Rainbow
14 - Charleroi, Belgium - Le Coliseum
15 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
16 - Augsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
17 - Trier, Germany - Europahalle
18 - Berlin, Germany - TBA
19 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
20 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin
21 - Speyer, Germany - Halle 101
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7

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W.A.S.P. Reveal U.S. Tour Dates

Several dates have been leaked as part of the U.S. leg of W.A.S.P.'s "The Crimson Idol Tour". They are as follows:

Feb. 15 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Feb. 16 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Feb. 22 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Feb. 24 - The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza @ New York, NY
Feb. 23 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY

More shows will be announced soon. More...

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W.A.S.P. Reschedule Bergen, Norway Show

W.A.S.P. concert in Bergen, Norway — which was postponed from its original November 11, 2007 date due to "inclement weather and difficult road conditions" — has been rescheduled for November 21 at the same venue, USF.

W.A.S.P. kicked off its "The Crimson Idol Tour" on October 26 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The band is performing the 1992 album in its entirety while never-before-seen video footage is being shown throughout the show. After a short break the group returns for another a 30-minute set of W.A.S.P. classics.

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Bands Confirmed For Heavy Christmas Meeting

DORO, SAXON,W.A.S.P., U.D.O., PRIMAL FEAR, IRON FIRE and HIGH´N DRY are confirmed for the Heavy Christmas Meeting which will be taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany at Philipshalle on December 12th.

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W.A.S.P. Cancel Tonight's Bergen, Norway Show

W.A.S.P. have issued the following update:

"Due to inclement weather and difficult road conditions we are forced to postpone the show scheduled to be played at the USF in Bergen, Norway on November 11th. We are trying to reschedule this show for sometime the following week. Please check back with us as we will announce the new date for the Bergen show as soon as it is official."

W.A.S.P.'s tour schedule is now as follows:

November
13 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
14 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
16 - Ostersund, Sweden - Eventhuset
17 - Karlstadt, Sweden - Nöjesfabriken
18 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgarn
24 - Riga, Latvia - Sapnu Fabrika
25 - Tallin, Estonia - Rock Café
30 - Chemnitz, Germany - Hellraiser E.V.

December
1 - Zlin, Czech Rep. - Hala Novesta
2 - Budapest, Hungary - Wigwam
5 - Santiago, Spain - Capitol
6 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
7 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
8 - Murcia, Spain - Sala Gamma
9 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
12 - Treviso, Italy - New Age
13 - Milan, Italy - Rainbow
14 - Charleroi, Belgium - Le Coliseum
15 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
16 - Augsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
17 - Trier, Germany - Europahalle
18 - Berlin, Germany - TBA
19 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
20 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin
21 - Speyer, Germany - Halle 101
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7

February
15 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
16 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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W.A.S.P. Cancel Newcastle Show

W.A.S.P. has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Due to technical requirements, we are sorry to announce the cancellation of the W.A.S.P. show scheduled for Newcastle's [England] University on November 5th 2007. Unfortunately we were not able to move the show to another venue in time."

W.A.S.P. kicked off its "The Crimson Idol Tour" on October 26 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The band performed the 1992 album in its entirety while never-before-seen video footage was shown throughout the show. After a short break the group returned for another a 30-minute set of W.A.S.P. classics.

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W.A.S.P. Announce Two More Tour Dates

W.A.S.P. performed a two hour show in Athens, Greece on October 27th as part of The Crimson Idol 15th Anniversary Tour. The complete setlist was as follows: 'The Titanic Overture', 'The Invisible Boy', 'Arena Of Pleasure', 'Chainsaw Charlie', 'The Gypsy Meets The Boy', 'Doctor Rockter', 'I Am One', 'The Idol', 'Hold On To My Heart', 'The Great Misconceptions Of Me' - Intermission - 'Hate To Love Me', 'L.O.V.E. Machine', 'Wild Child', 'Take Me Up', 'I Wanna Be Somebody', 'Blind In Texas'.

In other news, W.A.S.P. will play Jaxx in West Springfied, Virginia on February 15th and 16th. More...

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W.A.S.P. Ban All Cameras At Upcoming Shows

W.A.S.P. have issued the following update:

"Dear fans, please DO NOT bring any cameras into the shows this fall as it is strictly prohibited to take pictures or recordings of the performance of W.A.S.P.! Security Personnel at every venue will confiscate any cameras (including digital cameras and mobile phones with ability to record) from you before entering the venues. Please respect this request and enjoy the evening with The Crimson Idol.

Inquiries have been made as to whether the Crimson Idol will be performed only in select locations. The Crimson Idol Event will be performed every night in each of the cities in the Tour Schedule. After the Crimson Idol has been performed the band will take a ten minute intermission and return to perform all the great W.A.S.P. classic you know and love."

Current confirmed W.A.S.P. dates are now as follows:

October
26 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Idrogios
27 - Athens, Greece - Gargarin 205
29 - Glasgow, Scotland - Garage
30 - Liverpool, UK - Cavern Club
31 - Dudley, UK - JB's

November
1 - Manchester, UK - Academy
2 - London, UK - Astoria
3 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
4 - Leeds, UK - Rio's
5 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
9 - Trondheim, Norway - Samfundet
10 - Jevnaker, Norway - Venue TBA
11 - Bergen, Norway - USF
13 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
14 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
16 - Ostersund, Sweden - Eventhuset
17 - Karlstadt, Sweden - Nöjesfabriken
18 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgarn
24 - Riga, Latvia - Sapnu Fabrika
25 - Tallin, Estonia - Rock Café
30 - Chemnitz, Germany - Hellraiser E.V.

December
1 - Zlin, Czech Rep. - Hala Novesta
2 - Budapest, Hungary - Wigwam
5 - Santiago, Spain - Capitol
6 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
7 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
8 - Murcia, Spain - Sala Gamma
9 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
12 - Treviso, Italy - New Age
13 - Milan, Italy - Rainbow
14 - Charleroi, Belgium - Le Coliseum
15 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
16 - Augsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
17 - Trier, Germany - Europahalle
18 - Berlin, Germany - TBA
19 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
20 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin
21 - Speyer, Germany - Halle 101
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7

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W.A.S.P. Announce Crimson Idol Anniversary Tour

For the first time ever, The Crimson Idol will be performed in its entirety live. Never before has this great work been attempted to be performed this way. The live performance will feature all of the music from the original album but in addition, never before seen video footage will be shown throughout the show from beginning to end. This filmed footage was shot in 1992 and was originally designed to be a full length movie. To commemorate the 15 year anniversary of this milestone album, it will be presented in its original story form. This promises to be a powerful and moving live experience being done on selective dates worldwide in 2007-2008.

Don't Miss it... Jonathan STILL lives here!

Current confirmed W.A.S.P. dates are as follows:

October
26 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Idrogios
27 - Athens, Greece - Gargarin 205
29 - Glasgow, Scotland - Garage
30 - Liverpool, UK - Cavern Club
31 - Dudley, UK - JB's

November
1 - Manchester, UK - Academy
2 - London, UK - Astoria
3 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
4 - Leeds, UK - Rio's
5 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
9 - Trondheim, Norway - Samfundet
10 - Jevnaker, Norway - Venue TBA
11 - Bergen, Norway - USF
13 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
14 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
16 - Ostersund, Sweden - Eventhuset
17 - Karlstadt, Sweden - Nöjesfabriken
18 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgarn
24 - Riga, Latvia - Sapnu Fabrika
25 - Tallin, Estonia - Rock Café
30 - Chemnitz, Germany - Hellraiser E.V.

December
1 - Zlin, Czech Rep. - Hala Novesta
2 - Budapest, Hungary - Wigwam
12 - Treviso, Italy - New Age
13 - Milan, Italy - Rainbow
14 - Darmstadt, Germany - Centralstation
15 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
16 - Augsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
17 - Trier, Germany - Europahalle
18 - Berlin, Germany - TBA
19 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
20 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin
21 - Speyer, Germany - Halle 101
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7

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Latest W.A.S.P. Album To Be Released As Digipack

Demolition Records UK will be releasing W.A.S.P.'s latest album, Dominator, as a limited edition digipack and LP on October 1st. The digipack features a special 3D cover.

In other news, W.A.S.P. are gearing up for the release of 15-track compilation, The Best Of The Best: 1984-2000, Vol. 1, due out on September 25th by Snapper UK. The tracklisting for the album is as follows: 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting', 'Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)', 'I Wanna Be Somebody', 'L.O.V.E. Machine', 'On Your Knees', 'Show No Mercy', 'Blind in Texas', 'Wild Child', 'Sex Drive', '9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y.', 'Mean Man', 'Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)', 'Unreal', 'Helldorado', 'Dirty Balls'.

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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W.A.S.P. Announce More European Tour Dates

According to WASParmy.com, W.A.S.P. has announced the first dates for the second part of its "Dominator" European tour beginning in October. The tour sees the band visiting the U.K., Germany and Scandinavia, with more territories to be added during the coming weeks. The tour will be preceeded by the release of a special-edition "Dominator" digipack featuring a 3D front cover.

Oct. 02 - Osterode, GER - Stadthalle
Oct. 14 - Budapest, HUN - Wigwam
Oct. 23 - Bochum, GER - Zeche
Oct. 29 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Oct. 31 - Dudley, UK - JB's
Nov. 01 - Manchester, UK - MDH
Nov. 02 - London, UK - Astoria
Nov. 03 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Nov. 05 - Newcastle, UK - University

Fan-filmed video footage of W.A.S.P.'s June 23, 2007 performance at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany has been posted on YouTube:

"Wild Child": Video
"Take Me Up": Video

W.A.S.P. last month called off its U.S. tour (which included ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY on many of the dates) "due to its North American label losing its distribution," according to a posting on the band's web site. The tour will be rescheduled to a later undisclosed date.

W.A.S.P.'s latest album, "Dominator" (Demolition Records), recently entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 72.

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W.A.S.P. Cancel U.S.Tour

Veteran shock rockers W.A.S.P. have been forced to cancel their previously announced U.S. tour (which included ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY on many of the dates) due to its North American label losing its distribution, according to a posting on the band's web site. The tour will be rescheduled to a later undisclosed date.

W.A.S.P.'s latest album, "Dominator" (Demolition Records), recently entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 72.

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W.A.S.P. Update Tour Schedule

W.A.S.P.'s tour schedule has been updated as follows:

June
23 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head
27 - Wörgl, Austria - Komma
29 - Pilsen, Czech Republic - Basin Fire Fest
30 - Helsinki, Finland - Tusca

July
2 - Budapest, Hungary Petöfi Hall (with TYPE O NEGATIVE)
4 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche (with DORO)
5 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage (with Doro)
6 - Osterode/Dorste, Germany - Rock Harz Open Air
11 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
12 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Canyon Club
14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
15 - Pryor Creek, OK - Rocklahomma
17 - Austin, TX - Red Eyed Fly *
18 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar *
19 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom *
20 - Puerto Rico San Juan - The Arean Pier 10
21 - Monterrey, MX - Cafe Iguana
22 - Mexico City - Mexico Circo Volador
24 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret *
25 - Madison, WI - The Annex (Holding)
26 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock *
27 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's *
28 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room *
29 - Indinaplois, In - 8 Seconds Salon *
31 - Richmond Virginia – Toad's Place *

August
1 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's *
3 - Hartford, CT - The Webster Theatre *
4 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx *
5 - Southbridge, MA - ADC Performance Center *
6 - New York, NY - BB Kings's *
7 - Toronto ON - Big Bop/Reverb *
8 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial Du Quebec *
10 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock *
11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance *
12 - Sayreville, NJ - The Starland Ballroom *

* with ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY

W.A.S.P.'s latest album, Dominator, is out now via Demolition Records.

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Five Finger Death Punch Sign To Firm Music

LA rockers, Five Finger Death Punch, have officially inked a deal with Firm Music, a branch of the highly successful entertainment talent management company, The Firm. The band will release their debut opus, THE WAY OF THE FIST worldwide on July 31, 2007.

THE WAY OF THE FIST was recorded at Next Level Studios by Stevo "Shotgun" Bruno (MOTLEY CRUE, PRONG) and at No Name Studios by Mikey Sarkisyan (SPINESHANK) with mixing and mastering duties being handled by Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY).

The label are excited about the addition of these metal-vets to their roster. Deb Klein, GM for Firm Music says about the signing, “We were so excited to bring FFDP into our fold. We believe that this band’s material and live show speak volumes. With our company’s history in the metal world coupled with this bands mastery of the genre we are poised for world domination!”

Euro-Metal veteran and previous U.P.O. guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, was the architect of what has morphed into Five Finger Death Punch, recruiting standout studio Metal drummer, Jeremy Spencer to add his trademark ‘double-bass mayhem’ to the equation. Vocalist, Ivan Moody’s previous band, MOTOGRATER, had played to huge crowds on Ozzfest and beyond, while guitarist Darrell Roberts toured with metal legends W.A.S.P.. Matt Snell, bassist of acclaimed experimental outfits ANUBIS RISING and DEADSETT, completed the circle by lending his considerable fretboard mastery to the band’s music.

You can check out some of FFDP's material on their MySpace page.

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W.A.S.P. Cancel New York City Show

W.A.S.P. has cancelled its previously announced August 20 concert at the B.B, King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. No reason was given for the cancellation.

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W.A.S.P. Post 'Dominator' Audio Samples Online

Several audio samples from W.A.S.P.'s upcoming CD, "Dominator", have been posted online at this location. Due in the U.K. on April 16, Scandinavia on April 20, and the rest of mainland Europe on April 27 via Demolition Records, "Dominator" (view cover here) will feature the following track listing:

01. Mercy
02. Long, Long Way To Go
03. Take Me Up
04. The Burning Man
05. Heaven’s Hung In Black
06. Heaven’s Blessed
07. Teacher
08. Heaven’s Hung In Black (Reprise)
09. Deal With The Devil

The LP will be released in three versions: a standard single CD package, a limited-edition digipack, and limited-edition vinyl. More...

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