Blackie Lawless Thinks There’s Nothing Wrong With W.A.S.P. Using Backing Tracks

Amid ongoing debates about using backing tracks during live shows, Blackie Lawless revealed his stance in an interview with Eddie Trunk’s Trunk Nation. Apparently, he sees no issue with his band W.A.S.P using pre-recorded tracks while performing.

As reported by Blabbermouth, Blackie Lawless said there’s nothing wrong with using enchantments, and it’s a matter of taste:

“Listen, I understand both sides of the argument on it. For me personally, when I’m up there, I’m singing my *ss off. But what’s wrong with having an enhancement to make something sound exactly like the record? Because you won’t get a band like Queen or any other band that does big productions like that… Four guys cannot go out there and reproduce that record. It’s impossible. It won’t happen. So do you want it to sound like the record, or do you want it to be just a general live performance? And that’s a question of taste.

He continued, claiming the audience wants to see them sound like the original records:

“When I go out on that stage, I take a lot of pride in this gift that God’s given me. And I like to show it off; I’ll just be flat-out honest with you. But I think people want to see that, or they want to hear it. So I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. If you’ve got a guitar player that is really, really good, people are going there to see that. But again, when I went into rehearsals that one night and I heard what it sounded like when it sounded like the record, I thought, ‘I can never go back.‘ Like I said, it was a flat-out out-of-body experience.”

W.A.S.P. celebrated the band’s 40th anniversary in 2022 with a tour, during which Blackie Lawless was spotted using backing tracks. Following the news, their ex-drummer Steve Riley commented that the use of backing tracks could contribute to the show’s overall quality.