before WASP‘s 40th anniversary in the fall of 2022 US tour, frontman Blackie Lawless Ultimate Classic Rock said that he had no intention of retiring any time soon.
“I don’t see age as a number,” he said. “I think that’s how you feel, and I still feel like I’m in my 20s. i feel really good I can do almost anything I’ve ever done, so I’m feeling pretty good where I am.
“Thoughts of retirement just don’t appeal to me,” he continued. “I see some people using it as a marketing tool, and I’ve always thought it was some kind of cheap stunt. I mean, if they’re serious, then you probably – I shouldn’t say probably – you owe it to a fandom to tell them if you’re really going to quit.
“I mean, my natural reaction, I’m the kind of person that I just want to do it until I can’t anymore,” he added. “And then I would just stop. You know, one day you just won’t go to the office anymore. I don’t want anyone’s gold watch for my years of bondage. That’s not my thing. But I do think you would be obligated to let people know if you were going to quit. But that’s just not my thing. I wouldn’t do it that way. Because what are you going to do when you retire?
“You know, we were lucky enough – and I say we [as in] Anyone who does this for a living – you did it because you would have done it for free anyway, so what’s there to stop? If you’re physically overwhelmed, I understand. But you’re blessed to be able to make a living from your hobby, the cause that was your passion. So why do you want to stop? I mean I don’t.”
WASPs first live performance since December 2019 was on July 23 at Skansen in Stockholm, Sweden.
WASP recently rescheduled their 40th anniversary European tour, originally scheduled for spring 2022, to spring 2023. The new dates will take place in March, April and May 2023. All previously purchased tickets for the 2022 tour are valid on the rescheduled 2023 shows.
WASP will embark on his first US tour in ten years this fall. The hike coincides with the band’s 40th anniversary and will include support from ARMORED SAINT and Michael Scherker on select shows.
Lawless led WASP as lead singer and primary songwriter since its inception. His unique brand of visual, social and political commentary propelled the group to worldwide heights, selling millions of records alongside a legacy of sold-out shows around the world for four decades. He’s in WASP‘s current line-up of bassist mike duda and guitarist Doug Blairwhose tenures in the band span 26 and 18 years respectively, along with an exceptional drummer Aquile’s priest.
In an interview in May 2022 meltdown from Detroit WRIF radio station, Lawless spoke about the status of his long-in-process autobiography. He said: “It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but it was one of the funnest things I’ve ever done in my life enormously a lot of work because there are so many things over the course of life that you forget, especially when you’re doing what we do for a living. Everyone who does what we do is not like the average person out there where you go to work and do your thing and get into a routine. And there’s nothing wrong with that; It is different.
“I’ve said many times that I already … because of the schedule and the way it’s like any Band has things to do – you’re here today; you’re somewhere else tomorrow – it’s like you’ve already lived four or five lives of someone else,” he explained. “And because of the amount of intensity that goes into the same amount of space that everyone has. Twenty-four hours for someone doing this is not the same as twenty-four hours for someone who is in a routine. And it can get a little crazy.
“The first thing I did was interview everyone I could think of and say, ‘What are your memories of that?'” black uncovered. “So that’s what I got. But then, where I got most of it from, I really went back into my own head. And the deeper I delved, the more things I had completely forgotten. Because, like I said, there are so many things that are going to happen on any given day that’s something only What you remember is the most intense thing. But maybe the two or three other things that were right underneath were just as intense, but you don’t remember them. You remember the time on the plane when the guys got mad at a stewardess and put her in the overhead compartment, but you don’t remember the two or three things that happened underneath. It’s a true story, by the way.”
When asked what he learned about himself from digging into his life while writing his book, black said: “In the preface to the book I write that this was a process of discovery – both good and bad. I would say after all is said and done that it was far far more good than bad because what it did for me was like writing a script for a movie. And again, as I said, there is a lot of of things you forget. But at the same time it helps you connect the dots of your own life, maybe things you didn’t really think about were connected and you go back and you look at it and you go, ‘It’s as clear as that nose in my face. Why couldn’t I have seen this before?’ And there have been a number of such incidents – just personal things that you might not be able to share with others because it wouldn’t make sense to them. But then again, there can be things that are. So I hope that when people read this, they will see a lot of themselves in it.”
Can the fans count on it? black‘s book and a new one WASP concurrently released album, Lawless said: “It was the plan from the start, but the book is taking a lot longer than I thought it would. We talked about making records and trying to get them right. Well, it’s the same with this one — I’m going to do it once, and I want it to be right.”