W.A.S.P. Will Perform Entire Debut Album On New Tour For The First Time In 40 years

W.A.S.P. plans to play their first album on an upcoming tour for the first time in 40 years.

The band told the following in a statement on their website:

“‘Album ONE Alive!,’ the title of W.A.S.P.’s upcoming North American Tour. August 17, 2024, marks the 40th anniversary of the release of W.A.S.P.’s first album. To celebrate this classic metal album, W.A.S.P. will, for the first time in 40 years, play the entire album from top to bottom, start to finish, on their North American tour this fall.”

W.A.S.P. is starting a 39-city tour on October 26 in San Luis Obispo and ending on December 14 in Los Angeles. Death Angel and Unto Others will join them for most shows. Ticket presales started on May 29 at 10 a.m. local time. For more info, visit WASPnation.com.

Blackie Lawless’ Words On The Tour

The band’s frontman Blackie Lawless has recovered from surgery for two herniated discs and a broken vertebra that caused the cancellation of the band’s 2023 tour. Their gold-selling debut album, released on August 17, 1984, includes hits like ‘I Wanna Be Somebody,’ ‘On Your Knees,’ and ‘The Flame.’ Lawless noted in a press release about the tour:

“It was an angry record made by an angry band. It was a record that not only reflected the attitude of the band members who made it, but also a record that reflected its time.”

Before the release of ‘W.A.S.P.,’ the Parents Music Resource Center put ‘Animal (F*ck Like a Beast)’ on their ‘Filthy 15’ list of ‘morally objectionable’ songs. This led Capitol Records to remove the track from the album. It was restored in a 1998 reissue. Due to his religious beliefs, Lawless took ‘Animal’ out of their set lists in 2006 but brought it back for their 40th anniversary tour in 2022.