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