Blackie Lawless - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Doug Blair - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Mike Duda - Bass, Backing Vocals
Mike Dupke - Drums
Legendary metal band W.A.S.P. recently performed at Long Island’s own Mulcahy’s located in Wantagh. Entering the music hall was like being transported back in time to the glory days of heavy metal. Crowding the stage were many loyal rockers still sporting their long hair, bandanna headbands and leather jackets eager to bang their heads.
An impressive turnout for a Wednesday night, W.A.S.P. began the show at about 11pm with “On Your Knees”, a favorite for many fans. Projected onto a 20 ft screen behind the band were video highlights to accompany the live performance. Following the show opener was “The Real Me”, originally written by Pete Townshend of The Who in 1973. After their third song “Love Machine”, W.A.S.P. brings out the new guns with “Crazy” and “Babylon’s Burning” from their most recently released album “Babylon” (Demolition Records).
Inspired by the world in a state of flux due to a global financial meltdown, W.A.S.P. leader Lawless began doing some research, which led to the genesis of what became Babylon. “I went back and did a detailed study of the Book of Revelation and refreshed my memory with some pretty amazing reading. That reading inspires powerful images. Enough for me to take those images of the 6th chapter of Revelation and the four horsemen of the apocalypse and write “Babylon’s Burning.” “Babylon’s Burning” is based on that imagery in the same way “Headless Children” was. It’s an overview of what we allow ourselves to become and the consequences that befall us for the poor choices we make.”
W.A.S.P. fans will be rewarded with an album that is both thought-provoking and rocking. Lawless couldn’t have picked two finer covers to round out the album – killer renditions of Deep Purple’s “Burn” and Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land.”
W.A.S.P. is currently on tour in the U.S.! For more information, visit: www.waspnation.com.
2.) Live To Die Another Day
3.) Babylon’s Burning
5.) Into The Fire
6.) Thunder Red
7.) Seas of Fire
8.) Godless Run
9.) Promised Land