W.A.S.P. Live in Paris

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Sunday, June 27, 2004 @ 11:27 AM

W.A.S.P. Live at Elyse Montmar

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REVIEW BY: John Carricaburu (a.k.a. Paris is Burning)

Tonight was the first time I've ever seen W.A.S.P. live... I've been listening to W.A.S.P. since when their first record came out and they were getting the occasional airplay on L.A.'s KLOS and KMET!! Now that's a long time, right?! I don't know why I've never seen them live before -- I love their music and even had a shirt back in the day.

Well, first off, I've never heard of the opening bands and didn't care either, so I timed my arrival perfectly, arriving about two minutes before W.A.S.P. hit the stage. Nothing against discovering new bands, but I'm more of a death metal fan, and I was all by myself since I could not find anyone even remotely interested in seeing W.A.S.P.! Well, I especially don't regret going as I was able to walk briskly through the entrance slipping past the ticket office who either didn't notice me walk by or didn't care to chase me down to pay for a ticket!! Free shows rock!!!

Anyway, on with the show: W.A.S.P. came on stage busting out with a medley of old tunes, including “L.O.V.E. Machine/Hellion/Murders in the Rue Morgue” (kinda bummed they didn't play these songs in their entirety), followed by “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)” then they played two off of the new record. Not that great, a ballad that never got off the ground was the first one. A bunch of people started heading for the bathroom or bar! This dude next to me tells me, "This sucks doesn't it? They should start a petition to outlaw ballads." I had to agree with him regarding the song, but W.A.S.P. has written some cool slow songs like “Forever Free” or “Sleeping in the Fire.” Then they played some more material I wasn't familiar with, like stuff off of Crimson Idol and one of his latter albums. They also played “Wild Child” and “The Real Me,” which got the crowd moving. Towards the end of the show, Blackie came back out by himself for an encore where he just played his BC Rich Warlock with an electro-acoustic (low-distortion tone), and sang part of something off of Crimson Idol and segued into “Sleeping in the Fire,” which I was hoping would kick into full gear with a full band and never did! But the band came out for “Blind in Texas,” and everyone was happy!

All in all, a good show, although I wish I had seen them with Chris Holmes on guitar, the new guys did okay (wasn't Darrell Roberts in Tuff?! Heehee!!), but it didn't seem like a true W.A.S.P. show without Chris. Blackie's still got a good voice though and good presence, but he could have done without that mic stand that took up way too much room and blocked our view of him. The place was pretty much packed, I'd say about 400 people, maybe even more and W.A.S.P. played for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Other than that, I would have liked to hear something off of Headless Children, but hey, can't please everyone, can ya!

Final comment: I recall seeing some 40-something dude sporting a KNAC shirt by the bar -- kinda funny considering this is France!

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