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W.A.S.P.

W.A.S.P. Tour Dates and Upcoming Concerts

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On tour Yes
Followers 205,373
Category Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Metal
Concerts
Jun
06
Sweden Rock Festival 2024
Sölvesborg
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Jul
05
Rock Fest Barcelona 2024
Barcelona
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About W.A.S.P.
W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 which gained notoriety for its"shock rock"-image, music and live performances. The band, formed in Los Angeles, California, initially consisted of Blackie Lawless, Rik Fox, Randy Piper and Tony Richards. The band initially became famous for its raunchy and at times shocking live shows; Lawless was known to tie semi-naked models to a torture rack and hurl raw meat into the audience. The band's debut single, entitled Animal (Fuck Like a Beast), was equally controversial. The initial line up didn't last for long, as Rik Fox left the band to join (then unknown) vocalist Ron Keel & guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen in the band Steeler. He was replaced with Don Costa. Shortly after that, Don Costa also left the band and his position on the bass was filled by Lawless. At the same time, guitarist Chris Holmes joined the band. W.A.S.P. signed to Capitol Records for their debut LP, W.A.S.P., on August 17, 1984. The debut album was at one time planned for release under the name "Winged Assassins". The idea was obviously forgotten though. The band's first single "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)" was omitted from the album in the United States to prevent the album from being banned from major chain stores. Capitol planned to release it as a single only in Europe, in a black plastic bag with a sticker warning of offensive lyrics. Eventually, however, Capitol was convinced to release the album with its original packaging in April 1984. L.O.V.E. Machine and I Wanna Be Somebody helped the album sell well, and set the band up for Blind in Texas song written in Minnesota, by Blackie Lawless. The song was released on the next album The Last Command on November 9, 1985. The Last Command album is still W.A.S.P.'s highest charting album. Peaking at #47 on the Billboard album chart. Blind In Texas is still their best known song, 20 plus years later. W.A.S.P. became a very prominent target of the Parents Music Resource Center, an organization led by Tipper Gore and dedicated to opposing music with lyrics deemed violent or sexual. This pushed the band's reputation to such bad levels that concert halls were getting bomb threats, band members were getting written death threats by the hundreds, and singer Blackie Lawless had been shot at twice (albeit without getting hit). But in the end the publicity helped sales greatly. Inside the Electric Circus was released on November 8, 1986. The album saw Lawless finally switch to guitar replacing the departed Piper, who'd left W.A.S.P. to audition for Alice Cooper's band. Unfortunately for Piper, Kane Roberts would be Cooper's guitarist. Also former King Kobra bassist Johnny Rod joined W.A.S.P. on bass 'A tired record by a tired band,' as Blackie calls it, spawned a minor hit single 95-n.a.s.t.y. It was a critical review of this single that convinced Lawless of the necessity to take some time off and reconsider the band's creative directions. In 1987 W.A.S.P. had their song Scream Until You Like It on the movie Ghoulies 2. Also that year concerts on the Inside The Electric Circus album tour were recorded. On November 27, 1987, the Long Beach arena concert was released as the Live...In The Raw album. Unfortunately by the time the live album was released Steve Riley left WA.S.P.. He'd join the band L.A. Guns. A band that had just recorded their debut album L.A. Guns with drummer Nikki Alexander. Alexander left just after the album was recorded, replaced by Steve Riley. He'd be in that band for the next decade. W.A.S.P.'s fifth album, The Headless Children, was released on April 15, 1989. This was their first album without any sexually explicit songs and also the first one that sold rather poorly. It reached #48 on the Billboard 200 but quickly fell off the charts. However, it was critically acclaimed to be W.A.S.P.'s best work at the time, and according to a recent Lawless interview, it is actually the biggest selling W.A.S.P. album now. The band effectively disbanded in November 1989 with Blackie Lawless embarking on a solo career. Lawless was originally slated to play T-1000 in the Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie, but was later replaced by Robert Patrick after Arnold Schwarzenegger deemed Lawless 'too tall'. Blackie started work on a solo project, but under pressure from both promoters and fans had to release it as a W.A.S.P. album. Ironically, many critics feel that this album, The Crimson Idol has been the best W.A.S.P. output so far. Blackie recorded this album with the help of Bob Kulick on guitar, Frankie Banali and Stet Howland, with Blackie handling guitar, bass and keyboards. The follow up to The Crimson Idol was Still Not Black Enough, a collection of dark introspective tunes that extended the Crimson Idol mythology (but this time, without Lawless 'hiding behind' Jonathan Steele, as he stated in the liner notes) as well as included cover songs as "bonus tracks". The initial European edition included a different track listing from the American and a subsequent American re-issue featured yet a different track listing. No version to date includes all the various tracks on one disc. Chris Holmes returned to W.A.S.P. in 1995. Also, Mike Duda joined the group. Albums K.F.D. (Kill Fuck Die) (1997) and Helldorado (1999) followed. They also recorded two live albums from these two tours, Double Live Assassins and The Sting, respectively. The Sting CD and DVD were taken directly from the experimental webcast. Apparently Blackie had no control over this release and was unhappy with the results with their poor sound and picture quality. The band continued with Unholy Terror in 2001. Chris Holmes left the band again in 2001, citing that he wanted to 'play the blues'. He hooked up with fellow ex-W.A.S.P. member Randy Piper's band Animal but fell out soon. It's interesting to note that Holmes has claimed he never played on 'Unholy Terror'. Chris was replaced by Darrell Roberts Dying for the World, released in 2002, was written and recorded in less than a year which is very fast by Lawless' perfectionist standards. Its liner notes feature one of Lawless' strongest statements about political correctness, inspired by the 9-11 terrorist attacks. In April 2004, W.A.S.P. released The Neon God, Part 1: The Rise, a conceptual album about an abused and orphaned boy who finds that he has the ability to read and manipulate people. The Neon God - Part 2 - The Demise, was released in September 2004. In 2005, W.A.S.P. headlined American Metal Blast, bringing back the original 'blood and guts' show for the younger generation of metal fans. In 2006, Stet Howland and Darell Roberts left the band. Patrik Johansson (from Yngwie Malmsteen's band) was announced as touring drummer. In May 2006, Mike Dupke was announced as the new drummer and Doug Blair as the new lead guitarist. Douglas Blair had already worked with W.A.S.P. in 1992, when he played guitar on the Crimson Idol tour. In 2007, W.A.S.P. released Dominator to great critical acclaim. In the end of 2007, the band embarked on the "Crimson Idol - 15th Anniversary tour. The band would perform "The Crimson Idol" in its entirety, live.
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Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Metal
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What fans are saying
No One
5 / 5
My son and I were fortunate to participate in the meet and greet. Blackie was very nice and accommodating. He spent a lot of time with us fans and gave us all a chance to say hello and answered all our questions. Jay (VIP manager) was also super nice. The meet and greet ticket was well worth the price. Now the concert, the band was on fire. I had concerns about the over-usage of backing tracks. Blackie sang his heart out. I saw it from the front row and he sounded as good as ever,. The band was awesome as well. The lead guitarist was incredible. I’ve been a W.A.S.P. fan for 35 years. I finally got to meet my childhood idol and saw him and his band crush the stage live. What an experience. I highly recommend both the meet and greet experience and W.A.S.P. live. Thank you Blackie 🤘🏽
The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Dec 13, 2022
Patrice
5 / 5
What an immense pleasure it was to finally see Blackie and his boys in the flesh. I have been waiting for this moment since I discovered W.A.S.P in 1988 with the Electric Circus cassette. The Setlist was spotless (maybe just missing Sleeping in the Fire) but what really transpired was Blackie’s devotion to his fan base. You could really feel the pain on Blackie’s face (I was at the barrier) but he would not give up and delivered his best for us. Many would have walked off the stage but Blackie just cut the set short by 2 songs and troopered his way through. I was fortunate to catch the only pick he threw the whole show and this will remain my most praised memorabilia. Thank you so much for all you are doing for us fans. Get better soon!
Komplex Zürich, Switzerland
Jun 04, 2023
Kyle
3 / 5
This was not the W.A.S.P. I remember seeing in 1985. Obviously. It being a 40 year anniversary of the band, I expected more from the hype that Blackie created around this tour. It was good to hear the songs again, however the visuals simply weren’t there. The band was extremely good & the vocals were quite good. An admission of enhancement did take place in a fairly recent interview I read somewhere. That I don’t necessarily agree with but, the admission was forthright. It would’ve been nice to see Chris Holmes, Randy Piper & Steve Riley back with him for this anniversary tour. They’d have faired better in bigger venues. But, all bygones can’t take place, sadly. Overall, it was a good show. I’m just so glad I got to see them I’m their heyday. 🤟🎶🇺🇸
The KING of CLUBS Columbus, OH
Dec 01, 2022
Ronnie Rice
5 / 5
What an excellent show, W.A.S.P. at the Ryman in Nashville, TN. Some think of Nashville as being just a country music town, but you surprised by the number of rock stars that you know, that now call this area, "Home!" The Ryman is an excellent place to experience a rock show, the acoustics are perfect. W.A.S.P. was in excellent form. I dont think they've ever sounded better, including Blackie's vocals. Great show & set list. I cant say enough good things about this performance. Same with Armored Saint, the opening act on this night. Excellent vocals & great musicianship. See these 2 bands when u can! You won't be disappointed.
Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Apr 25, 2024
Mike
5 / 5
Amazing show, one of the best I’ve ever seen. W.A.S.P. has been my favorite band for many years now and to finally be able to see them live was a true blessing. Everything from the meet and greet to the show was absolutely perfect. It’s tough to put into words how awesome this show was. All I can say is that Blackie Lawless is a true musical genius and an incredible talent, and getting to witness him doing it in person is something else. I would highly recommend everyone going to see W.A.S.P. live! Thank you so much to Blackie, the rest of the band, and their crew who all managed to put this tour together. Hope to see you again soon!
Paramount Theater Huntington, NY
Nov 24, 2022
Jeff
5 / 5
Fantastic performances from Armored Saint and W.A.S.P.. The meet and greet with Blackie Lawless could have started a bit earlier as to not overlap the opening of the doors for the show. I got my photos and bailed on the q&a because I would have rather been in the front row for the entire sow than ask Blackie a question. So, I don't feel that I received my full money's worth for the meet & greet. I could have just paid $40 for early access as opposed to what I paid for the meet & greet. Anyway, great venue, great sound, decent lighting, friendly and helpful staff, there is no reason to not see a show at this great venue.
The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Dec 15, 2022
Chel
5 / 5
I was excited for months to go see W.A.S.P. because they're my favorite. Not sure how it's possible that it was 100,000x better than I imagined the show would be but it was. The stage set was wicked awesome. Aquiles, Mike and Doug are mind-blowingly talented. Jay made sure I had the best time of my life at the VIP hangout with Blackie and I would 100% go back in time and relive it if possible. No one sounds quite like Blackie and that's just a fact. If you can somehow get a ticket to one of the last few sold out (or nearly sold out) tour dates, you better do it while you still can.
The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
Dec 01, 2022
Rick
5 / 5
Nothing like seeing one of your all time Favorite Bands. Armoured Saint were Great with John Bush killing the Vocals. .loved his time with Anthrax. Then it was MSG. Phenomenal guitars, great vocals with Romero. Still wished for the Robin MCAULEY voice on the Hits that were not played. That would have completely lit the candles on the cake, oh well..... Then the almighty Blackie. Vocals were on par, a Lil help going on. Still came off legit. And Damn!!! The drums and guitars SLAYED the Night. Have to understand and be there specifically for the Crimson Idol stuff. I teared up, major memories of then.
Tulsa Theater Tulsa, OK
Nov 08, 2022
Alex
5 / 5
This show was so much fun, both wasp and armored Saint were awesome, highly recommend any wasp , armored Saint or heavy metal fans check out this tour, I also did the vip and it was great, if you are on the fence about getting the vip it’s awesome and one of the best vips I have ever done, traditionally vips are so fast and not worth the money at all , but I really liked the wasp one , a real great q & a and I got to meet the legend blackie lawless and it came with some other cool stuff like blackie’s guitar picks
City National Grove Of Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Nov 04, 2022
Eric
5 / 5
The 3 hour drive to Versailles was totally worth it. This show was the best show I’ve ever seen in my life. Totally fell in love with the venue and the staff there are friendly and amazing. Armored Saint was so killer and did more than warm up the crowd amazing live band that you don’t wanna miss. W.A.S.P. Exceeded all expectations. Blackie was amazing and his band were tight. Played all the classics and the show was a fun wild experience. My only complaint was I didn’t want it to end. If you get the chance you need to see this show
BMI Event Center Versailles, OH
Dec 02, 2022
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W.A.S.P. Tour Cities
Barcelona, Spain Sölvesborg, Sweden

Frequently Asked Questions About W.A.S.P.

Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is W.A.S.P. on tour?

Yes, W.A.S.P. is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming W.A.S.P. concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The W.A.S.P. tour is scheduled for 2 dates across 2 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is W.A.S.P. scheduled to play?

W.A.S.P. is scheduled to play 2 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the W.A.S.P. tour start?

W.A.S.P.’s tour starts Jun 06, 2024 and ends on Jul 05, 2024. They will play 2 cities; their most recent concert was held in Sölvesborg at Sweden Rock Festival and their next upcoming concert will be in Sölvesborg at Sweden Rock Festival.

What venues is W.A.S.P. performing at?

As part of the W.A.S.P. tour, W.A.S.P. is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

Jun 06 - Sölvesborg, Blekinge län @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jul 05 - Barcelona, Spain @ Parc de Can Zam
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