July 19, 2015

W.A.S.P. has tapped YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Patrick Johansson to sit behind the kit for the band's currently scheduled shows following the recent departure of Mike Dupke.

Johansson previously toured with W.A.S.P. in 2006, shortly after the band parted ways with Stet Howland.

Fan-filmed video footage of W.A.S.P.'s July 16 performance at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany — featuring Johansson on drums — can be seen below.

Patrick Johansson, born in Falun, Sweden, currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition to Yngwie, Johansson has played and recorded with the Swedish bands WITHOUT GRIEF and STORMWIND. The drummer also spent time jamming with ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz in a project called RED LAMB.

Dupke did not give a reason for his exit from W.A.S.P. after a nine-year stint with the band.

W.A.S.P.'s fifteenth studio album, titled "Golgotha", will be released on October 2 via Austria's Napalm Records.

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