Fan-filmed video of W.A.S.P‘s entire July 30 performance at Skogsröjet festival in Rejmyre, Sweden can be seen below.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. On Your Knees / Inside The Electric Circus
02. The Real Me (THE WHO cover)
03. LOVE Machine
05. The Idol
06. Hellion / I Don’t Need No Doctor
07. Arena Of Pleasure
08. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)
09. The Great Misconceptions Of Me
10. Wild Child
11. I Wanna Be Somebody
W.A.S.P‘s first live performance since December 2019 took place on July 23 at Skansen in Stockholm, Sweden.
W.A.S.P recently postponed its European 40th-anniversary tour, originally scheduled for spring of 2022, until the spring of 2023. The new dates will take place in March, April and May of 2023. All tickets previously purchased for the 2022 tour will be valid at the rescheduled 2023 shows.
W.A.S.P will embark on his first US tour in a decade this fall. The trek will coincide with the band’s 40th anniversary and will include support from ARMORED SAINT and MICHAEL SCHENKER on select shows.
Blackie Lawless belly led W.A.S.P as its lead vocalist and primary songwriter since its beginning. His unique brand of visual, social and political commentary took the group to worldwide heights and sold millions of records alongside a legacy of sold-out shows across the globe for four decades. He also joined in W.A.S.P‘s current lineup by bassist Mike Duda and guitarist Doug Blairwhose tenures in the band span 26 and 18 years respectively, along with drummer extraordinaire Achilles Priest.
In a May 2022 interview Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio station, Lawless spoke about the status of his long-in-the-works autobiography. He said: “It’s taken a whole lot longer than I thought it would, but it’s been one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in my life. It’s a tremendous amount of work because there’s so many things, over the course of a lifetime, that you forget about, especially when you do what we do for a living. Anybody that does what we do, it’s not like the average person out there where you go to work and you do your thing and you get into a routine. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s different.
“I’ve often said that I’ve already… because of the schedule and the way that mother band has to do things — you’re here today; you’re somewhere else tomorrow — it’s like you’ve already lived four or five of somebody else’s lifetimes,” he explained. “And because of the amount of intensity that goes into the same amount of space that everybody has. Twenty-four hours for somebody who does this is not the same as twenty-four hours for somebody who’s in a routine. And it can get a little on the insane side.
“The first thing I did was interview everybody that I could think of and said, ‘What are your memories of this?'” Blackie revealed. “So I got those. But then where I got the majority of it from was really going back in my own head. And the deeper I got into it, the more things I had totally forgotten about. Because, like I said, there’s so many things that will happen in a given day that the only thing you remember is the now intense thing. But maybe the two or three other things that were just under it were just as intense, but you don’t remember it. You remember being on the flight the time the guys got angry with a stewardess and stuffed her in the overhead bin, but you don’t remember the two or three things that happened during that. That’s a true story, by the way.”
Asked what he has learned about himself from digging into his life while writing his book, Blackie said: “In the preface of the book, I write that this has been a process of discovery — both good and bad. I would say, after it’s all said and done, that it’s been butt, butt more good than bad, because what it’s done for me, it’s been like writing a script to a movie. And again, like I said, there’s the lot of stuff you forgot about. But also at the same time, what it does is it helps you connect the dots of your own life, of maybe things that you didn’t really think about were connected, and you go back and you look at it and you go,’ This is as plain as the nose on my face. Why couldn’t I have seen this before?’ And there’s been a number of incidences like that — just things that are personal that might not be something that you could share with anybody else, because it wouldn’t make sense to them. But then again there may be things that are. So I’m hoping that when people read this, they’ll see a lot of themselves in it.”
As for whether fans can expect to see Blackie‘s book and a new W.A.S.P album released simultaneously, Lawless said: “That was the plan to begin with, but the book is taking way much longer than I thought. We were talking about doing records and trying to get ’em right. Well, it’s the same with this — I’m gonna do it once, and I want it to be right.”