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Latest installment from Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P.’s ’30 Years of Thunder’

by on May.26, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Latest installment from Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P.’s ’30 Years of Thunder’

Blackie Lawless has posted installment #9 of '30 Years of Thunder', his amazing recollections of W.A.S.P. The latest post includes some awesome memories of the post-'Circus' tour era, where Blackie's head was at the time of the 'Live In the Raw' and 'The Headless Children' album releases and how he played matchmaker between Lita Ford and Chris Holmes. It also includes a story about Tipper Gore and the aftermath of 'Decline of the Western Civilization – part 2'. September 21st, 2012 will mark 30 years since W.A.S.P. played their first show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. W.A.S.P. will begin the “30 Years of Thunder” anniversary Tour on that very date starting in the United Kingdom and continue Worldwide!!

This World Tour will be the biggest spectacle W.A.S.P. have ever created. The two hour show will consist of three parts. A one hour set contain songs from the first four albums. The second set will be a 25 minute shortened version of “The Crimson Idol” complete with the movie accompaniment. A third set will consist of material from the New Studio Album, older material and everything in between. This show will see multiple video screens, pyrotechnics, and elements from the early W.A.S.P. shows and Blackie’s moving microphone stand “Elvis”!

Read installment #9 here: www.waspnation.com and make sure and check out the previous 8 installments if you haven't done so already!

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Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. shares stories of touring with Metallica & Armored Saint, firing early drummer Tony Richards and more in Part 7 of ’30 Years of Thunder’ postings

by on Mar.21, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. shares stories of touring with Metallica & Armored Saint, firing early drummer Tony Richards and more in Part 7 of ’30 Years of Thunder’ postings

Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. has posted part seven of an expected fifteen in the '30 Years of Thunder' series of stories from the beginnings of W.A.S.P. up to today. In part seven, Blackie writes of their record label, Capitol/EMI, demanding the firing of drummer Tony Richards, who was replaced by Steve Riley (now in L.A. Guns). He touches on the early tours of the U.K. and Europe, being banned in Ireland and guitarist Chris Holmes being knocked out by a rump roast. He also talks U.S. tours with Krokus, Kiss, Quiet Riot and Iron Maiden, with one specific three band bill that W.A.S.P. did with Armored Saint and Metallica. There is a great Cliff Burton story involved in that memory, and here comes the PMRC!

On September 21st 1982, W.A.S.P. played their first show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

On September 21st 2012 W.A.S.P. will begin the “30 Years of Thunder” anniversary Tour starting in the United Kingdom and continue Worldwide!!

This World Tour will be the biggest spectacle W.A.S.P. have ever created. The two hour show will consist of three parts. A one hour set contain songs from the first four albums. The second set will be a 25 minute shortened version of “The Crimson Idol” complete with the movie accompaniment. A third set will consist of material from the New Studio Album, older material and everything in between. This show will see multiple video screens, pyrotechnics, and elements from the early W.A.S.P. shows and Blackie’s moving microphone stand “Elvis”!

Blackie's entertaining and enlighted posts, will take you back to the beginnings of W.A.S.P. Read them all at the link below.
Read the latest entry #7, 'The New World Disorder' here: www.waspnation.com
Read all the previous entries here: www.waspnation.com/30yearsofthunder

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Crue News: ‘The Dirt’ deluxe collectors’ edition out November 22nd, Vince Neil pleads guilty to disorderly conduct charges, Nikki Sixx/Blackie Lawless early demo

by on Nov.15, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Crue News: ‘The Dirt’ deluxe collectors’ edition out November 22nd, Vince Neil pleads guilty to disorderly conduct charges, Nikki Sixx/Blackie Lawless early demo

Celebrate thirty years of the world’s most notorious rock band with the deluxe collectors’ edition of The Dirt - the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of Mötley Crüe that was originally released ten years ago. Fans have gotten glimpses into the band’s crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, rollercoaster drug addictions, and immortal music in Mötley Crüe books like Tommyland and The Heroin Diaries, but now the full spectrum of sin and success by Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars is an open book in The Dirt. Even fans already familiar with earlier editions of the bestselling exposé will treasure this gorgeous deluxe edition.

Ten years ago, Motley Crue's biography, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band," written with author Neil Strauss, set a new bar for rock 'n' roll memoirs. A runaway bestseller and genuine cultural phenomenon, this turbocharged blockbuster is still flying off shelves a decade after its initial publication.

The book takes readers along for the whole wild ride of Motley Crue — the voice of a barely pubescent Generation X, the anointed high priests of backward-masking pentagram rock, pioneers of Hollywood glam, and the creators of MTV's first "power ballad." Their sex lives claimed celebrities from Heather Locklear to Pamela Anderson to Donna D'Errico. Their scuffles involved everyone from Axl Rose to 2LiveCrew. Their hobbies include collecting automatic weapons, cultivating long arrest records, pushing the envelope of conceivable drug abuse, and dreaming up backstage antics that would make Ozzy Osbourne blanch with modesty.

Now, in time for Motley's 30th anniversary, get the deluxe collector's hardcover edition of the book, complete with a dazzling new effects-laden cover and all-new extra material from the band inside. The collector's edition will be out November 22nd on It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

There was initial plans in 2006 to make the book into a movie, but back in 2008 the Crue was trying to extricate itself from a deal with MTV Films, a division of Paramount Pictures. Bassist Nikki Sixx told Reuters that MTV was "a channel that used to be hip and has now actually become unhip...They are not the right partner." Hopefully we will see a movie version at some point, but no confirmed plans have been reported as of yet. Possibly with the books re-issue, plans will be rekindled.

Motley Crue’s Vince Neil pled guilty yesterday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Las Vegas. He’ll also pay a $1,000 fine in relation to the confrontation with his ex-girlfriend last March. As part of the plea agreement, the more serious charge of battery constituting domestic violence was dropped.

Neil avoided trial on allegations that he poked his ex-girlfriend Alicia Jacobs in a confrontation last March at a Las Vegas resort lounge.

Before Nikki Sixx founded Motley Crue he was in a couple other bands and one of them was a band called Sister. They recorded some demos and after they were done, Blackie Lawless, who was the founder of Sister, kicked Nikki out of the band because he was disappointed with the way the demos turned out. Lizzie Grey who was also in the band left soon after realizing it wasnt Nikki's fault. Thats when him and Nikki formed the band London. This is one of the demos they did called Sweet Dreams.


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Ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes says Blackie Lawless ripped him off, he’d rather be dead than make peace and he hates him!

by on Jun.05, 2011, under ROCK NEWS

Ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes says Blackie Lawless ripped him off, he’d rather be dead than make peace and he hates him!

Former W.A.S.P lead guitarist Chris Holmes claims his former band mate and friend Blackie Lawless made his time in the band suck, made other bandmembers look bad in pictures to make him look better, and most importantly - conned him out of royalties.

Holmes was a founding member and spent 12-years total with the band but he says he would never play with Lawless again and claims he’d rather be dead than make peace.

Holmes admitted he felt both he and the other members of W.A.S.P felt they deserved to be pictured on the record covers of albums they all worked on. He said: “Blackie wants to be Elvis Presley, he wants to be the only guy. Let’s put it this way, he has an ego. He does really shitty things to everybody in the band. The only reason why he kept me that long is to get more ticket sales. You wanna get some really shitty? The money you make off the records is called publishing, and he made me sign my contract in the way that this goes back into the band, so I never saw any of the publishing.

“I was young, and I said, ‘Is this the right thing for me to do?’ He said, ‘Yeah’, and he knew exactly where it was gonna go. That’s why I had really bad issues with the guy. Even today – I’d never play with the guy again, I’d rather be dead. He’s only out for himself, he’s not out for the whole band. If he was a nice guy, would he keep a few band members? He’s always changing band members. I hate signing those… Well, I wouldn’t say I hate signing those records, I played on them, I guess. So what I do is I sign them right on Blackie’s face."

“Randy and I were talking last week. We recalled how we were told to go down and choose the pictures out of like 500 to put on the record, and why choose the pictures if they didn’t go on the record? Blackie turned around and changed them. Did I choose that picture to be on the record? No! It was all him. The worse we look, the better he looks. And that was the case with every album. That’s him on the cover, it’s not the band, and this sucks. I have to live with it, because it’s part of my past, and that’s OK. But why should Blackie call it WASP? It’s Blackie Lawless and nobody else.”

Holmes also has doubts about Lawless’ Christian beliefs, and claims he didn’t pay him which forced him to get a job when he wasn’t touring with the band and says he refused to allow him to accompany his wife to the American Music Awards.
He added: “I’ll tell you what kind of person he is – he’s full of shit! If being a Christian can make money, that’s what he’s doing. It’s all about making money and nothing else. When I got off the road, I had to work a job, because he wouldn’t give me any money, and I gotta pay the rent, right? He wouldn’t pay me, he wouldn’t pay the roadies, he wants all the money. That’s why I had to do construction, concrete stuff. They say, ‘Sell your soul, play rock’n’roll’, and that’s what I did.

“I never left, Blackie forced me out. He didn’t want me in the band anymore because I got more attention than he did, he always put me down. Remember when I married Lita Ford, the singer from Runaways, and he made sure I couldn’t go to the American Music Awards when she was nominated for ‘Vocals of the Year’. I hated him ever since that. And the last thing I ever said to him in the rehearsal room was, ‘Why the fuck would you do that to somebody?’ He got up and as he was walking out of the rehearsal room, he mumbled to me, ‘I was jealous’. That’s the reason why I hate him today. The next time he’s here again you ask him about that – why he didn’t let me go to the American Music Awards.”

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W.A.S.P. unofficial biography “Sting In The Tale” in the works

by on Apr.16, 2011, under ROCK NEWS

W.A.S.P. unofficial biography “Sting In The Tale” in the works

Author Darren P. Upton is working on the unofficial biography on W.A.S.P. called Sting In The Tale, featuring new interviews with Randy Piper (guitar), Chris Holmes (guitar) and Stet Howland (drums).

According to a book description, "W.A.S.P. were one of the primary heavy metal bands to crawl from the gutter of the Los Angeles scene of the early '80's. Led by the charismatic, dark and intense Blackie Lawless, W.A.S.P. went on to cement their status as rock legends. From their early shows full of blood and gore, to Blackie's eventual return to his Christian roots, this book brings you bang up to date in revealing detail. Riveting and controversial, Sting In The Tale dramatically lifts the lid on the many skeletons stashed in the W.A.S.P. closet."

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