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Ex-W.A.S.P. Guitarist CHRIS HOLMES Blasts Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine: 'It Just Makes Me Sick'

During his appearance on last month's Monsters Of Rock cruise, former W.A.S.P.guitarist Chris Holmes dedicated his cover of "Rockin' In The Free World" to the people of Ukraine who have been fighting a devastating Russian invasion since February 2022. Prior to launching into the Neil Young classic,...
June 17, 2023
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CHRIS HOLMES Says BLACKIE LAWLESS's 'Narcissism' Ruined W.A.S.P.

In a new interview with Classic Album Review, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes, who hasn't played with the band in more than two decades, reflected on the breakup of W.A.S.P.'s original lineup in the mid-1980s. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "[W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless] sh...
June 9, 2023
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STEPHEN PEARCY: RATT And 'Only A Handful' Of Other Bands Kickstarted Early 1980s Sunset Strip Scene

In a new interview with Katie Daryl of AXS TV, RATT singer Stephen Pearcy reflected on the period in the early 1980s when a new musical genre was germinating on Hollywood, California's Sunset Strip — glam metal — which would soon take over the clubs in Los Angeles and charts across America. "There w...
June 8, 2023
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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Has A Cracked Vertebra, Expects To Be Healed In Time For North American Tour

During a May 25 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless spoke about completing the band's recent European tour while seated after suffering a herniated disc in his back. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "This past Monday was my 10-year a...
May 28, 2023
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Is BLACKIE LAWLESS Using Backing Tapes For His Lead Vocals? 'When I'm Up There, I'm Singing My Ass Off', He Says

During a May 25 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless was once again asked about complaints from some of the band's fans about the use of backing tracks during the group's live performances. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Abo...
May 26, 2023
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STEPHEN PEARCY Talks Up RATT On Band's 40th Anniversary: 'We Had No Competition'

By David E. Gehlke RATT's new "The Atlantic Years: 1984-1991" limited edition box set has, for now, taken some attention away from the band's inability or unwillingness to reunite and placed it back on their music. With discussion rampant regarding bands using modern technology (read: backing tapes)...
May 24, 2023
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Former METAL CHURCH Drummer KIRK ARRINGTON Dead At 61

Former METAL CHURCH drummer Kirk Arrington has died after an unspecified illness. He was 61 years old. Earlier today, METAL CHURCH shared the following statement via Facebook: "We just received the sad news, Kirk Arrington passed away this morning due to health issues. RIP in brother! See you on the...
May 22, 2023
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Watch W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Perform While Seated In Czech Republic

W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless recently vowed to complete the band’s European tour while seated after suffering a herniated disc in his back. The rocker revealed in a post on the band's official web site on May 10 that he would still honor his final five European dates despite doctors trying to per...
May 17, 2023
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Watch W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Perform In Slovenia While Seated

W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless recently vowed to complete the band’s European tour while seated after suffering a herniated disc in his back. The rocker revealed in a post on the band's official web site on May 10 that he would still honor his final five European dates despite doctors trying to per...
May 16, 2023
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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS To Play Remaining Shows On European Tour While Seated

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless, who recently revealed that he has been performing on the band's ongoing European tour with a herniated disc in his lower back, has announced that he will play the remaining five shows on the trek while seated in a chair that will be built into his custom mic stand,...
May 11, 2023
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LIVE NATION Announces Return Of 'Concert Week', Offering $25 All-In Tickets To More Than 3,800 Shows Across North America

Live Nation today announced the return of Concert Week, offering fans an unbeatable deal: $25 all-in tickets to more than 3,800 shows across North America this year. The annual week-long program kicks off ahead of a robust 2023 summer concert season, getting fans ready to fill their summer months an...
May 4, 2023
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Watch: Ex-W.A.S.P. Guitarist CHRIS HOLMES Performs Band's Classic Songs On MONSTERS OF ROCK Cruise

Fan-filmed video of former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes performing three of the band's classic songs, "On Your Knees", "L.O.V.E. Machine" and "Wild Child", on May 1 aboard this year's Monsters Of Rock cruise can be seen below. Last year, Holmes completed seven weeks of radiation therapy in his ba...
May 3, 2023
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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Says He Has Been Performing With A Herniated Disc In His Lower Back

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless says that he has been performing on the band's ongoing European tour with a herniated disc in his lower back. The 66-year-old guitarist/vocalist, whose real name is Steven Duren, opened up about his injury in a lengthy statement released via W.A.S.P.'s official web...
April 18, 2023
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L.A. GUNS' TRACII GUNS: 'I've Never Been A Vindictive Guy'

By David E. Gehlke There is never a dull moment in the L.A. GUNS camp. Whether it's lawsuits and mudslinging with former drummer Steve Riley, lineup changes or the complicated relationship between longtime vocalist Phil Lewis and founding member / guitarist Tracii Guns, L.A. GUNS have generated so m...
April 16, 2023
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W.A.S.P. Announces 'The 40th Never Stops' Summer 2023 North American Tour

W.A.S.P. has announced the North American leg of "The 40th Never Stops World Tour 2023". Produced by Live Nation, the 33-city run kicks off on Friday, August 4 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, California, making stops across North America in Vancouver, British Columbia; Omaha, Nebraska; Ne...
April 11, 2023