WASP chief lawless blackie recently promised to complete the band’s European tour as he sat out after suffering a herniated disc in his back.
The rocker revealed in a post on the band’s official website on May 10 that he would still honor his last five European dates despite doctors trying to persuade him to return home to begin rehab.
Video filmed by fans of one of the first shows of Without faith or law performing seated, from the May 14 concert at Kino Šiška in Ljubljana, Slovenia, can be seen below. Without faith or lawThe chair was integrated with his custom mic stand, which he dubbed “Elvis.”
In the aforementioned message on WASPthe website of , Without faith or law wrote: “As many of you already know, I had a serious setback at the hands of a very unqualified doctor here in Europe about 2 weeks into the tour. I received treatment in a hospital in Berlin and this team of doctors was nothing short of fantastic. But, at the same time, they strongly advised me to stop the tour and go back to LA and start my rehab. But it is hard for them to understand, this is the only 40th birthday i’m going to have, not to mention the fans who have supported us all this time have waited over 3 years and due to the pandemic have endured 3 different series tour reports.
“At first the doctors (in Berlin) told me that without rest and rehabilitation I would definitely get worse. As hard as I pushed through those shows, they were right. Last night’s show at Zurich was cut short by 2 songs, and I apologize for that but the pain got to a point where I couldn’t play and it lasted the whole show. My legs were giving out and it got dangerous. I won’t be able to couldn’t bear to do the remaining 5 shows, so the compromise I found with the doctors was if I remained seated, in a chair to do those last 5 shows, then they would give me clearance to complete the tour and do the remaining 5 shows.”
The 66-year-old guitarist/singer, whose real name is Steven Durencontinued, “I’ve never done this before, but please understand, my intention is to finish this tour, come hell or high tide, and give this fan base incredibly dedicated, who’s been with us since the beginning, the show they’ve all heard about. Plus, we’re going to build the chair in ‘Elvis‘. Hey, he’s been with us the whole time and he’ll finish this tour right next to me because he’s basically part of the band.
“But, as frustrating as it all has been, I can’t wait to enter rehab and then destroy America… Again, on the 2nd and final leg of the ’40th Anniversary World Tour’ !! We’re coming Back… and we’re coming to hurt somebody!!”
WASPThe massive European leg of the 40th Anniversary World Tour is set to conclude on May 18 in Sofia, Bulgaria at the Universidada Sports Hall.
Last month, WASP announced the North American leg of “The 40th Never Stops World Tour 2023”. Produced by nation live, the 33-city race kicks off Friday, August 4 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, Calif., making stops across North America in Vancouver, British Columbia; Omaha, Nebraska; New York City; Memphis, Tennessee and more before it wraps up Saturday, September 16 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA. Special guest SAINT IN ARMOR will join the band on all dates of the tour.
lawless blackie VIP meet tickets will be available at WASPnation.com.
WASP wrapped up their first US tour in 10 years with a sold-out show on December 11 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. It was the 18th sold-out show of the US tour, which began in late October. WASPPerformances included the return of the band’s classic song “Animal (Kiss Like a Beast)”which had not been performed live for over 15 years.
Without faith or law drove WASP as lead vocalist and lead songwriter since his debut. Its unique brand of visual, social and political commentary has taken the band to world heights and sold millions of records alongside a legacy of sold-out shows around the world spanning four decades. He is joined by the bassist mike duda and guitarist Doug Blairwhose tenures in the band span 28 and 17 years respectively, alongside drummer extraordinaire Achilles priest.
WASPthe latest version of was “ReIdolized (The Crimson Idol Soundtrack)”released in February 2018. It was a remake of the band’s classic 1992 album “The Crimson Idol”, which was re-recorded to accompany the film of the same name on the 25th anniversary of the release of the original LP. The re-recorded version also includes four songs missing from the original album.
WASPThe most recent studio album of brand new original material is from 2015 “Golgotha”.
WASPSince December 2019’s first live performance was on July 23, 2022 at Skansen in Stockholm, Sweden.