Concert Review: W.A.S.P. in Foxboro, MA
Reviewed by: Roger Scales
I have to give Blackie Lawless a lot of credit for constantly having a great touring band. There have been several names that have passed through the ranks over the years but I wonder if this may be the best touring line-up of W.A.S.P. to date. Hats off to Mike Duda on bass, Doug Blair on guitar and Mike Dupke on drums for realizing one simple thing – it’s Blackie’s show so get out of the way and let the black magic happen. Sticking to the simple formula of staying the course and letting Blackie steer the ship into his sea of rabid fans was a recipe for success judging by the crowd around me. Everywhere I looked on this Tuesday night I saw shirts representing the different albums, the various tours throughout the years and in the end everyone got their money’s worth as the band delivered a knock out punch to this near sold out crowd of W.A.SP. maniacs.
The set opened with the classic “On Your Knees” that rolled right into the great classic from The Who “The Real Me” followed by “L.O.V.E Machine” complete with classic back in the day video promos playing behind the band on three giant screens located throughout the room – a true assault on the senses. Digging deeper into the set, fans were treated to the new classics off of W.A.S.P.’s latest album Babylon -“Crazy” & “Babylon’s Burning”. Some crowds tend to fade when new material is played but this crowd was into every lyric and every guitar lick as if they had been part of the catalog for years. Just more proof positive that W.A.S.P fans are hardcore; they know what’s good and what isn’t. The last two W.A.S.P. records (Dominator and Babylon) have been a return to classic Blackie – epic songs dealing with what’s going on in the world around us.
After some newer stuff it was back to more old W.A.S.P with ”Wild Child” which really had the joint jumping! I think I heard the crowd singing this one louder than Blackie!! Next up a medley including “Scream Until You Like It”, a rare soundtrack tune from Goulies 2. Then my favorite part of the set, the songs from the Crimson Idol back to back to back – “Arena of Pleasure”, Chainsaw Charlie” and “The Idol” complete with original promo videos performed to perfection. I wanted more from this album and I hope they do another tour where they play it in its entirety.
Next up – a few songs from Dominator including “Take Me Up” & “Heaven’s Hung In Black” a haunting tune taken from an Abraham Lincoln quote when he saw the casualty reports from the battle of Gettysburg. They ended the night with “I Wanna Be Somebody” & “Blind In Texas”.
My only issue with the show was the set length. At just about 80 minutes I would have liked 3-4 more tunes but it is what it is and I’ll take it. If W.A.S.P can continue with this direction I have a feeling the fans will continue to come out and support them en masse. Blackie is a born entertainer, an excellent showman and still one of the best vocalists on the metal scene.
W.A.S.P Set List:
On Your Knees
The Real Me (The Who cover)
Hellion/I Don’t Need No Doctor/Scream Until You Like It
Arena of Pleasure
Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)
Take Me Up
I Wanna Be Somebody
Heaven’s Hung in Black
Blind in Texas
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