During a “VIP Experience” question-and-answer session before WASP‘s concert on December 9 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California, frontman Blackie Lawless was asked how he initially felt about the prospect of holding meet-and-greets WASP fans for the first time ever on the band’s current US tour. He answered (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Uncertainty. Because we didn’t know how to do this; we’d never done it before. [We] didn’t know what to do. So we looked at other people’s sites; we saw what they offered.
“Honestly, the idea of charging people money to sign autographs, I hate that,” he continued. “Now I’m not going to tell you that it’s wrong for everybody to do. If that’s what somebody wants to do and they’re happy with it, that’s their business. I just don’t like the idea of it personally. To I wanted to do this, I had to have something else that motivated me. So we came up with the idea to do this. When we sat down here, the first thing I said to you guys was, ‘This is the fun part ‘ – to me at least… Because we didn’t know what others were doing. We thought, ‘Okay, let’s try to humanize this as much as we can.’
“One of the things we’ve heard over and over and over that was news to us, ‘This is the best meet-and-greet’ we’ve ever done, ’cause nobody’s ever taken the time to do this , ” Lawless added. “But we didn’t know that. So we did what we thought you were supposed to do. So the ignorance on our part ended up being a really good thing, I think, because we didn’t have any preconceived notions about what they were supposed to be.
“See, [when] a bunch of people [are] come up to you on the street, you can’t approach them and it’s frustrating. But this is organized and we can have some dialogue back and forth, which for me is what it’s all about. So not being able to have that dialogue is frustrating for me.”
WASP‘s first US tour in a decade started in late October. The trek coincides with the band’s 40th anniversary and includes support from THE ARMORED SAINT and MICHAEL SCHENKER on selected shows.
Lawless have searched WASP as its lead vocalist and primary songwriter since the beginning. His unique brand of visual, social and political commentary took the group to worldwide heights, selling millions of records along with a legacy of sold-out shows across the globe for four decades. He is accompanied by a bassist Mike Duda and guitarist Doug Blairwhose tenure in the band spans 26 and 18 years respectively along with drummer extraordinaire Achilles Priest.
WASP recently postponed its European 40th anniversary tour, originally planned for spring 2022, to spring 2023. The new dates will take place in March, April and May 2023. All tickets previously purchased for the 2022 tour will be valid at rescheduled 2023 shows.
WASP‘s latest release was “ReIdolized (The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol)”which was released in February 2018. It was a new version of the band’s classic 1992 album “The Crimson Idol”, which was re-recorded to accompany the film of the same name to mark the 25th anniversary of the original LP’s release. The re-recorded version also includes four songs missing from the original album.
WASP‘s last studio album of brand new original material was 2015’s “Calvary”.
WASP‘s first live performance since December 2019 took place on July 23 at Skansen in Stockholm, Sweden.