W.A.S.P. CELEBRATES 40 YEARS AS A BAND WITH TOUR DATES
June 6th, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most infamous, notorious, controversial heavy metal bands in the world… W.A.S.P. So join W.A.S.P. for this very special 40th-anniversary world tour that kicks off in Milan, Italy on March 18th, 2022. This first leg of dates will see the band hit Italy, Spain, Ireland, North Ireland, United Kingdom, Scotland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria. More dates and a U.S. tour will be announced.
W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless states about the tour, “For the W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary world tour, we’re going back to the beginning. We’re taking the show back to where it all started. Complete with all the fire and all the blood that shocked the world the first time. We only did this type of show on the first world tour and never did it again…until now! I’m gonna scream and I’m gonna bleed, ’cause I wanna be somebody! We’re taking everybody back…back to the beginning.”
Few bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll have ever incited the love, the hate, the raw emotional effect this band has had on the world. From the very beginning, in the small venues of Los Angeles, California, and later to the numerous countries worldwide that banned these winged assassins from performing live, the band’s unique style of shock and rock caused religious organizations, local city councils, parlaments, and the Washington D.C. Senate to hold hearings in an effort to bar this group from selling records and trashing stages everywhere they played.
The band’s founding member, Blackie Lawless, has led the group as its lead vocalist and primary songwriter since its beginning. His unique brand of visual, social and political comment took the group to worldwide heights and sold millions of records alongside a legacy of sold out shows across the globe for four decades.
Joined by bassist Mike Duda and guitarist Doug Blair, whose tenures in the band span 26 and 18 years respectively, along with drummer extraordinaire Aquiles Priester, Lawless will take the band and the fans back to where it all started. Complete with the stage show extravaganza that many fans never saw live.
W.A.S.P. 40 Years Live world tour 2022:
Mar. 18 – Milan, Live Club
Mar. 19 – Padova, Padova Hall
Mar. 23 – Bilbao, Santana 27
Mar. 24 – Murcia, Sala Gamma 3
Mar. 25 – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 1
Mar. 26 – Madrid, La Riviera
Mar. 30 – Dublin, Vicar St.
Mar. 31 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
Apr. 1 – Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill
Apr. 2 – Manchester, Academy
Apr. 3 – Nottingham, Rock City
Apr. 5 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
Apr. 6 – Newcastlee, O2 City Hall
Apr. 7 – Bristol, O2 Academy
Apr. 8 – London, Rou-House
Apr. 9 – Eindhoven, Effenaar
Apr. 10 – Copenhagen, Amager Bio
Apr. 12 – Malmö, Moriskan
Apr. 13 – Huskvarna, Folkets Park
Apr. 14 – Sundsvall, Sporthallen
Apr. 15 – Umeå, Idun
Apr. 16 – Oulu, Teatria
Apr. 17 – Tampere, Pakkahuone
Apr. 18 – Helsinki, Kulttuuritalo
Apr. 20 – Gävle, Gasklockan
Apr. 21 – Eskilstuna, Lokomotivet
Apr. 22 – Örebro, Conventum
Apr. 23 – Karlstad, Nöjesfabriken
Apr. 25 – Oslo, Rockefeller
Apr. 28 – Stockholm, Stora Fållan
Apr. 29 – Norrköping, Arbis
Apr. 30 – Gothenburg, Trädgårn
May 1 – Bremen, Aladin
May 2 – Mannheim, Capitol
May 4 – Saarbrücken, Garage
May 5 – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
May 7 – Geiselwind, Music Halle
May 8 – Munich, Backstage Werk
May 17 – Bucharest, Arenele Romane
May 18 – Sofia, Universidada Sports Hall
Rattlehead, Rik Fox was never in W.A.S.P., he never named the band…he’s not telling the truth, and neither is anybody else, Randy included. Those are test shots taken for his audition..if the image didn’t work then the audition was over…if it did, they proceeded to the next phase. This was the ’80s, image was that important. He didn’t make it past phase two and he got ahold of the test shots. That’s the truth, and you can say or think whatever you want.
Shannon, Rik Fox was indeed in WASP and he played bass on their first demo “Master of Disaster” before Chris Holmes was even in the band. Rik Fox’s time with the band was brief, but he was indeed in WASP and came up with the WASP moniker after it changed from the moniker Sister.
There’s a picture out there of the original band from 1982. Google images: W.A.S.P. 1982. The picture has Blackie, Randy Piper, Tony Richards and…..Rik Fox! Go see for yourself.
Rattlehead…I have good friends in the business…you can think whatever you want.
I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree
…one, who is no longer with us, was harassed by him and his friends for calling out his nonsense..
Love wasp. I play “Hallowed Ground” every 9/11. Great song, from a great album. Hoping for a new one soon.