Blackie Lawless won’t ‘even consider a vigilante culture’ during the upcoming WASP tour

WASP kick off their 40th anniversary tour later this fall, and if you know anything about their stage presence, you know the show is just as important as the music. In a new interview, frontman Blackie Lawless expressed that he is not concerned about “woke culture” and how they might perceive WASP during the upcoming tour.

One part of WASP’s career that may have raised some eyebrows over the years was their 1984 hit “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast),” which was dubbed part of the “Filthy 15” by PMRC. Back in 2009, Lawless, who is a born-again Christian, stated that he would never play the song live again because it was against his faith. But earlier this year he revealed that he had changed and was more inclined to perform it during their 40th anniversary tour for their fans.

The rockers also used to use a lot of graphic images and props during their performances back in the 80s, including blood, torture devices and more. We don’t know for sure whether their upcoming shows will mirror their ’80s performances – but Lawless isn’t focused on whether their shows will stir up controversy regardless.

“Because first of all, I don’t want to consider vigilante culture. It has nothing to do with my world. You know, if that’s what somebody wants to do, that’s their prerogative. Free country. But our fan base is our fan. base ,” the frontman said Metal edge.

Lawless elaborated that in order to have a “real career” that spans several decades, the artist must ensure that they connect with their audience and fans in an intimate way, as they are likely to be loyal for a long time. And to do that, the artist has to be honest and let the fans really get to know them.

“You have to be willing to crack your skull open and let them come in and walk around barefoot, inside your head. You really do. And the only way you can do this is with lyrics. We can do interviews like this , and it helps a lot. I mean, people get to know you a lot that way,” he explained. “But the lyrics are where they really get to know you. Because that’s what they listen to most of the time. And to do that, you have to be willing to share parts of yourself so much. of artists just aren’t willing to do that. Let them get in there, into the nooks and crannies and find the good and the not-so-good.”

The vocalist noted that his thoughts and opinions have changed over time, which has been reflected in the music. But he’s aware that there will be some who go back and dissect parts of the band’s past, so he’s not fixated on appeasing anyone.

“And so the idea is that when you take people on that lifelong ride, they look at what you wrote 30 years ago and they go, ‘Oh, wow, look what he was thinking.’ And they listen to something, whatever the last thing was that came out, and they go, ‘Oh, wow, look how he’s thinking now,'” he continued.

“So this is the intimacy where you bring people and you literally communicate with them over the course of this journey. So trying to do anything from the point of view of being influenced socially wouldn’t do me any good. Or someone like me doing this. You have to be true to yourself. I mean, we got into this without worrying about what people thought, so why should it be any different now?”

WASP’s 40th anniversary tour with armored saint starts Oct. 29 in Anaheim, California. and runs through Dec. 9. See all the scheduled dates and get tickets here.

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