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Review: W.A.S.P. – Live @ Vicar Street (September 25th, 2012)

Posted in Gig Review, INTO-NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by Tickets There

Looking at Blackie Lawless in his thirtieth year of fronting W.A.S.P., it would be slightly forgivable to think the band is officially washed up. A man in the latter half of his mid-fifties still wearing eye liner, very unflatteringly tight get ups and his pre-emo hair sprayed do have all the hallmarks of a band that can’t move on. ….wait a minute, the person who writes those words should be shot!!

W.A.S.P. returned to Ireland tonight in spectacular form, bringing their much anticipated 1982 – 2012 Thirty year celebration tour to Dublin’s Vicar Street! A two hour, three part show that promised to dazzle, delight and rock your socks off, delivered everything a fan could ask for (no, no ‘Animal’ so stop wondering now). With a good two hours of hits and fan favourites to hammer out, the band wasted little time taking the stage and rocketing straight into ‘On Your Knee’s which sprang the audience to life. ‘The Torture Never Stops’, ‘The Real Me’, ‘ L.O.V.E. Machine’ all follow in quick succession with Blackie seemingly determined to prove W.A.S.P. have more than enough material to allow themselves to put some of their best right up front. The iconic ‘Wild Child’blasts through the PA with raw energy and nerve shattering vocals, fuelling the most pit that’s quickly expanding in the centre of the crowd.

Finally taking time to say hello, Blackie indulges in the famous “Irish hospitality’, even going so far as to attempt an Irish accent,  as the band rattle on with a melody of  fan favourites ‘Hellion, I Don’t Need No Doctor’ and ‘Scream Until You Like It’, pauing briefly before ‘Sleeping (In the Fire)’ and ‘Forever Free’.The Headless Children’ and the classic ‘I Wanna Be Somebody’ are performed in full as the main set closers, ending amost an hour of intense, sing along hard rock. With that, band are off and the crowd settles in for one of several short films W.A.S.P. are playing between sets and encores on this tour. When the band return, they celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘The Crimson Idol’ album with a mini set comprised of material from that album. ‘The Idol’ and ‘Misconceptions of Me’ receive the warmest greeting before another short intermission / short film.

With the audience now completely satisfied by the bands biggest hits and hardcore favourites, WASP have the easy job of finishing us off with some classic closers. Blackie takes the stage again, bandsaw arm bands shinning bright and recounts a tale where iconic W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes made the mistake of leaving change from $100 on a bar in Ireland after buying a drink. It seems poor Chris was unaware of an auld Irish tradition of using money left of the bar to buy drinks for the house – his security men saved him from likely beating when he tried to get it back. Thanking us for that experience, they kick off the encore. ‘Murders In The New Morgue (Chainsaw Charlie – \,,/)’ explodes out (sadly without the pyros some venues are getting on this tour) and sends the crowd into a frenzy. The sombre  ‘Heaven’s Hung In Black’ gets the powerful performance it deserves before W.A.S.P. finish us off with the anthematic ‘Blind In Texas’. Thanking the crowd, the band leave the stage after delivering one of the best Irish performances of their career. No Elvis, no blood, no pyros and no Animal – but W.A.S.P. don’t need them. After thirty years in the business, Blackie has amassed more than enough material and stage presence to do away with cheap gimmicks and deliver a quality show based on his music alone. Long live W.A.S.P. – see you soon!

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W.A.S.P. Announce 2012 Dublin & Belfast Shows

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on February 8, 2012 by Tickets There

That’s right folks, Dublin Metal Events have confirmed that Blackie and the gang will be back in Ireland this year! W.A.S.P. are going on the road to celebrate 30 years as a band together and Dublin will be right in the action as they prepare to assault Vicar Street with their biggest tour yet. The gig is on September 25th, Vicar Street with tickets priced €30 (plus Booking Fee) from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and ticketmaster.ie. They go on sale this Friday, February 10th so get in early!

The band will also play Belfast’s Ulster Hall on September 24th. Ticket info to follow soon…

The official tour update can be seen below,

From http://www.waspnation.com/waspnation.htm: Twenty Nine years ago today, on September 21st 1982, W.A.S.P. played their first show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

On September 21st 2012 W.A.S.P. will begin the “30 Years of Thunder” anniversary Tour starting in the United Kingdom and continue Worldwide!!

This World Tour will be the biggest spectacle W.A.S.P. have ever created. The two hour show will consist of three parts. A one hour set contain songs from the first four albums. The second set will be a 25 minute shortened version of “The Crimson Idol” complete with the movie accompaniment. A third set will consist of material from the New Studio Album, older material and everything in between. This show will see multiple video screens, pyrotechnics, and elements from the early W.A.S.P. shows (maybe even an exploding cod piece) and Blackie’s moving microphone stand “Elvis”!

W.A.S.P. Playing The Academy Tomorrow Night (Saturday, Nov. 27th)

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by Tickets There

That’s right folks, Blackie Lawless and the boys are hitting Dublin tomorrow night for the second time in less than a year. The boys are still touring their 2009 album Babylon but there’s plenty of older hits in there like On Your Knees, L.O.V.E. Machine, Chainsaw Charlie and many more to keep all fans happy.

Gig’s happening in the Academy and if the crowd at Exodus last week is anything to go by, then recession or no recession: this show will be packed.

Dublin Metal Events presents W.A.S.P. tomorrow night in The Academy, Middle Abbey Street Dublin tomorrow night with tickets priced at €23.50. Support from Shadowside.

That’s not all folks, D.M.E. have a pretty savage winter lined up for all you heads out there meaning Fibbers, Brux and Gypsy Rose won’t be going out of business any time soon. Here’s just a few of the shows they’ve got planned.

Napalm Death – The Village (Dec 1st 2010)
Support by: Immolation, Macabre & Waking The Cadaver

Municipal WasteWhelan’s (Dec 4th 2010)
Support by: Saviours & Ramming Speed

DecapitatedThe Village (Dec 11th 2010)
Support by: Nephridium and Zealot Cult

Anathema – The Village (Dec 18th 2010)
Support by: North Atlantic Oscillation

Entombed – The Village (Jan 29th 2011)
Support by: Morphosis & Two Tales of Woe

Nile – The Button Factory (Feb 11th 2011)
Support by: Melechesh

Accept – The Village (Mar 19th 2011)
Support by: TBC

Children of Bodom / Amon Amarth – Vicar Street (April 5th 2011)
Support by: TBC

All details for each show can be found on Dublin metal Events Official Website (Click here).

Meanwhile Tickets There will be the ones robbing the Exodus / WASP poster tomorrow!