Blackie Lawless Criticizes Musicians’ Use Of Farewell Tours As A Marketing Tool


The lead singer of W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless, recently joined Ultimate Classic Rock for an interview. He criticized some musicians for using their farewell tours as a financial opportunity without actually planning to retire.

W.A.S.P. has been continuing its musical journey since its inception in 1982 without any breakup decisions. Being considered among the most enduring heavy metal bands, W.A.S.P. continues working on new material rather than relying on the success of their previous hit records. The band’s fifteenth and latest studio album, ‘Golgotha,’ dropped in 2015, but they have been working on a follow-up record.

Besides their recent musical endeavors, W.A.S.P. members don’t neglect their live performances and meeting with their devoted fans. They announced last year that they were planning to embark on a world tour in 2022 to celebrate the 4oth anniversary of the band. While the European leg of the tour was postponed to 2023 due to the pandemic, North American dates will start on October 28 and end on December 9.

When asked about their upcoming tour, since some of their counterparts have chosen to embark on farewell tours, Blackie Lawless responded by saying that they still feel pretty good about delivering consistent performances to the audience, so they haven’t made any retirement decisions.

The singer also believes that some musicians in the business use farewell tours as a marketing tool to increase their financial income, which he considers disrespectful towards their fans. For Lawless, the bands are responsible for telling their audience when they are really going to retire rather than going on with fake farewell shows.

Blackie Lawless’ thoughts on farewell tours:

“You may be right. I don’t think of age as a number. I think it’s how you feel, and I still feel like I’m in my 20s. I feel really good, I can do most everything I’ve ever done, so I feel pretty good about where I’m at. The thoughts of retirement just don’t appeal to me. I see some people use it as a marketing tool, and I’ve always thought that was kind of a cheap stunt.

I mean, if they’re sincere about it, then you probably do — I shouldn’t say probably — you do owe it to a fan base to tell them if you’re indeed gonna stop. I mean, my natural reaction, I’m the kind of person that I would want to just do it till I can’t do it anymore. And then I’d just stop. You know, one day you just don’t go into the office anymore. I don’t want a gold watch from anybody for my years of servitude. That’s not my thing.

But I do think that you would have an obligation to let people know if you were indeed gonna stop. But that’s just not my thing. That’s not the way I would go about it. Because what do you do when you retire? You know, we were fortunate enough — and I say anybody who does this for a living — you did it because you would’ve done it for free anyway, so what’s there to stop? If you physically cannot do it anymore, I get that. But you’ve been blessed to make a living at your hobby, this thing that’s been your passion. So why do you want to stop? I mean, I don’t.”

The W.A.S.P. singer also noted that he is so passionate about music that he can only think about quitting if he starts feeling like losing his power and talent as a musician. He also noted that he feels very fortunate about making a living from his biggest hobby.