Sunday night I saw the latest incarnation of ’80s rock icons W.A.S.P. Lead singer and sole original member Blackie Lawless has led W.A.S.P. through three decades of touring and several lineup changes but has held true to his own brand of unabashed metal.

Their current stage show, while not as theatrical as years past, was just as energetic. With accompanying vintage videos playing behind the band on a giant screen, W.A.S.P. ripped through a set of classics sprinkled with new material from their latest release, Babylon. Metal anthems such as "I Wanna Be Somebody" and "Hellion" fit seamlessly with current songs.

On stage, Lawless still looks every part the metal god he did back in 1986. Clad in black spandex, heavy eye make-up, and trademark saw blades on his forearms, it’s hard to believe this guy is over 50 years old. Even when comparing the Lawless of today to the 20-plus-year-old footage projected behind him, there were few discernable differences.

As always the music was loud, brash, and dark. Lawless's crisp sustained screams floated over the crunchy metal leads of guitarist Doug Blair. The show concluded with one of their biggest ’80s hits, "Blind in Texas," to the delight of the diehard fans in attendance.

Concert: W.A.S.P.
Show date: February 28
Venue: 4th & B
Seats: floor

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EVILKITTY March 4, 2010 @ 11:49 p.m.

I was there, it was a really good show!Though the sound could have been better (feedback with opener band) I couldn't believe he looked so young either!

What I did want to say was that the Band "Bastard Saints" that opened right before W.A.S.P, totally blew me away! I ran into this article while searching for their next show,& I am going to go see them again. I am so used to going to shows where the opening bands bore me, but these guys just caught my attention and kept it. I was let down however when the club cut them off so suddenly...even though I was waiting to hear W.A.S.P, great night all around!

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edove05 March 5, 2010 @ 3:44 p.m.

I could not agree more!! The Bastard Saints were amazing and ironically enough their singer looked a lot like a young latino Blackie Lawless. I certainly plan on seeing a full show from the Bastard Saints in the near future.

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