W.A.S.P. at Cubby Bear North
I have always had a soft spot for W.A.S.P. as the "Crimson Idol" is my second favorite metal album of all time after Faith No More's "Angel Dust." They're a legendary name in metal circles since 1984, W.A.S.P. to this day still manage to put out quality heavy metal while many of their 80s peers have stagnated or worse. Thankfully, W.A.S.P. is still together, still touring and while they may not have the same amount of popularity that they have in North America that they have in Europe, W.A.S.P. still manages to put on a kickass show twenty-eight years into their career.
The show was held over in Chicago's north suburbs, in the Cubby Bear North, yet despite that the venue was packed with fans, both old and new alike. Opening with the classic track off their first album, "On Your Knees" from 1984, it was apparent that even the new fans were able to be drawn into the show, proving just how well W.A.S.P's music has held up over the years and why Blackie Lawless doesn't need a reality dating show to keep his career afloat.
The overall set was great, with the only songs played being from the band's heyday (1984-1992) as well as their last two (excellent) albums while the screen in the background displayed music videos and old live footage, reminding the audience of Blackie's greatest triumphs. In fact, if it weren't for Blackie messing up one vocal part and cutting some of the lyrics out of Chainsaw Charlie, I'd be wondering if the show was faked, but apparently Blackie still his distinctive voice and at age fifty-three is still able to sing the songs that he first recorded at age twenty-seven flawlessly.
There was still a major disappointment at the show, "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" was not on the band's set due to Blackie no longer feeling comfortable playing it, although three "Crimson Idol" songs were indeed played as well as "Hellion," which more than compensated for the lack of W.A.S.P.'s most memorable song. It was a great show and being able to see that W.A.S.P. still have it when many of their peers are no longer able to replicate themselves live just made it that much more worthwhile.
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