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Picture House, Edinburgh 22 September 2012
Playhouse, autumn 1987 on the Electric Circus tour, that was the last
time I caught W.A.S.P. live. 25 years is a long time in anyone's book and in
rock it amounts to a career to be proud of.
that Blackie Lawless is still going strong and looking amazingly like
the intervening years haven't happened is credit to the man's drive and
ability. So what brought me back to the W.A.S.P. fold after all this time?
tour is a celebration of the band's 30 years of shock rock and the set
promised to incorporate many of Blackie's finest moments. Before WASP
took to the stage though, we were treated to a short support set from
Sheffield rockers Crimes Of Passion.
heard anything from Crimes Of Passion before and was pleasantly
surprised by their hard rocking set. Dale on vocals commanded the stage,
pulling all the rockstar moves with the vocal delivery to back them up.
tracks from their latest album 'To Die For', which they were shamelessly
flogging at the end of the show, the band went down well with the crowd
and by the end of their set they had gained some new friends and warmed
the crowd up nicely.
was then set for W.A.S.P. The set was to be broken into three parts,
the first featuring older tracks from the band's first four albums, then
a shortened version of 'The Crimson Idol' and finally some newer tracks
and a couple of top class encores.
was surrounded by three video screens which burst into life when the
band took to the stage and kicked off with 'On Your Knees'. Blackie
Lawless is a consummate showman and from his lofty position front and
centre he conducted the crowd expertly through the two hour plus set.
the first section contained all the early hits 'L.O.V.E Machine', 'Wild
Child' and the ultimate singalong that is 'I Wanna Be Somebody' which
were all lapped up by the near capacity crowd.
aforementioned screens were used to good effect throughout showing
videos for each track which proved to be a visual feast. The videos
though came into their own during the next section which was a potted
version of the band's biggest album 'The Crimson Idol'.
the guys excelled during this section with some amazing playing.
Guitarist Doug Blair put in a jaw dropping performance and the rhythm
section of Mike Duda and Mike Dupke should have been arrested for
cruelty to instruments. Mike Dupke then played an inventive drum solo
accompanied with videos of dragster racing and motorsport mayhem, all
was rounded off with a wild run through of 'Chainsaw Charlie', a brief 'Widowmaker'
with Blackie back on bass with top hat and eye patch in place, and a
triumphant finale in the shape of ' Blind In Texas'.
to be a great night and showed that W.A.S.P. are still a force to be
reckoned with. The fact that the crowd was close to capacity shows that
the past 30 years have been well spent and that the W.A.S.P. story is far
from over. I will definitely not be leaving it another 25 years before
catching Blackie and co again !
Steve Goudie and David Wilson
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