Aug 242017
 

W.A.S.P. has recruited Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester to sit behind the kit for the band’s “Re-Idolized – The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour”, which is scheduled to kick off on September 25 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Dates and locations are listed below.

Born in South Africa, Priester has collaborated with such bands and solo artists as AngraHangarMidas FatePrimal FearPaul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore. He is also known for having participated in the widely talked-about Dream Theater drummer audition which took place after Mike Portnoy had left the band. It was after that event that Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recommended Priester to another great guitar virtuoso, Tony MacAlpine.

Priester has released three educational publications: the book “Inside My PsychoBook: 100 Double Bass Patterns” (2011) as well as two DVDs, titled “The Infallible Reason Of My Freak Drumming” (2010) and “Top 100 Drum Fills” (2013). Continue reading »

May 312017
 

W.A.S.P. regret to announce the cancellation of their upcoming summer festival dates.

Says the band: “The recording of the new album, Re-Idolized, and the accompanying film for The Crimson Idol has developed unexpected delays. This will make it necessary for W.A.S.P. to withdraw from the four upcoming festivals that were scheduled for this summer. This was essential for the band to complete the album and film, to make the scheduled release in September, and the ensuing tour in the fall.”

Check out the first official trailer for W.A.S.P.‘s upcoming 25th anniversary release, Re-Idolized, below. Continue reading »

May 172017
 

The first official trailer for W.A.S.P.‘s upcoming 25th anniversary release “Re-Idolized” can be seen below.

In 1992 W.A.S.P. released “The Crimson Idol”. It’s the story of Jonathan Aaron Steele, an abused child looking for love. Discovering music years later, he rises to international superstardom. Later followed by a catastrophic fall.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the original release, which is still considered to be the best album of W.A.S.P.‘s career, and one of the greatest concept albums of all times. “The Crimson Idol” undoubtedly belongs in every metal head’s record collection. The album about the anti-hero Jonathan Steele was originally intended to be accompanied by a movie, with several hundred hours of film that were shot to create approximately 50 minutes of movie footage.

This film has never been released — until now! Continue reading »

Mar 012017
 

W.A.S.P. will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic fifth album, “The Crimson Idol”, by releasing a re-recorded version of the LP along with a 50-minute DVD film of the album’s story. In addition, the band will perform “The Crimson Idol” in its entirety — on a tour dubbed “Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary Of The Crimson Idol” — along with three missing songs originally intended to be part of the recordings. The show will be done in two parts, with the first being “The Crimson Idol”, and part two being a collection of greatest hits.

Dates and locations are listed below.

Released in 1992, “The Crimson Idol” is a full-length conceptual album that tells the twisted tale of a suicidal rock and roll icon and the perils that come with fame. With guitarist Chris Holmes no longer a member of W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless recorded “The Crimson Idol” with guitarist Bob Kulick and drummers Stet Howland and Frankie Banali. Voted one of the Top 20 conceptual albums of all-time by Metal Hammer magazine, “The Crimson Idol” is obviously more of a soundtrack than, say, a straight rock ‘n’ roll album. Continue reading »

Jan 242017
 

W.A.S.P. will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic fifth album, “The Crimson Idol”, by releasing a re-recorded version of the LP along with a 50-minute DVD film of the album’s story. In addition, the band will perform “The Crimson Idol” in its entirety — on a tour dubbed “Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary Of The Crimson Idol” — along with three missing songs originally intended to be part of the recordings. The show will be done in two parts, with the first being “The Crimson Idol”, and part two being a collection of greatest hits.

Dates and locations are listed below.

Released in 1992, “The Crimson Idol” is a full-length conceptual album that tells the twisted tale of a suicidal rock and roll icon and the perils that come with fame. With guitarist Chris Holmes no longer a member of W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless recorded “The Crimson Idol” with guitarist Bob Kulick and drummers Stet Howland and Frankie Banali. Voted one of the Top 20 conceptual albums of all-time by Metal Hammer magazine, “The Crimson Idol” is obviously more of a soundtrack than, say, a straight rock ‘n’ roll album. Continue reading »