Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Diehards

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

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Who stole your iPod, FM94's Mike Esparza, Hell's Angels, our Russian yacht, Seaworld sharks, why they leave San Diego

San Diego Reader stories with most clicks

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

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Kukai: founder of the “mantra” school of Buddhism

Expressions of innate wisdom
Next Article

Floating Outdoor Cinema on the Bay, Toy Piano Festival

Events September 27-September 30, 2020
Comments
2

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!

March 4, 2010

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.

March 5, 2010

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close