W.A.S.P. – O2 Academy, Glasgow – 18/09/2015

W.A.S.P. is one of those legendary heavy metal bands that is on most metalheads’ must-see list. With 10 UK dates in their current tour they are really hard to miss this time around. They are presenting long awaited new album “Golgotha” and return to Glasgow for the first time since 2010!  As on the rest of the tour, the Glaswegian gig was opened by rising English stars – The Treatment.

The Treatment

The Treatment hit the stage and show us everything they’ve got: energy, rock n’ roll and very memorable songs. They’re a very expressive bunch of lads and are the perfect opening act for the mighty W.A.S.P. as they warm the audience very well and drew a sizeable early crowd.  Mitch, their impressive new vocalist showcases his abilities and every band member rocks the stage from the off. The crowd react well to their enthusiasm and it seems that they are the next generation of rock n roll. Their set lasts for half an hour and they leave, having played their asses off before tonight’s main act – W.A.S.P.


As the lights fall and the backing track plays a selection of old W.A.S.P. classics, the crowd has rammed into the venue looking forward to see Blackie Lawless et al. The show is impressive from the start. Blackie may not be too energetic himself these days (most likely because of his previous leg trauma he mentioned during the gig) but he is surrounded by the very expressive and active, Duda/Blair attack who give it socks without respite. The performance is accompanied by video clips and images on three screens behind the band and this provides more joy for the eyes. As for aural joy,  W.A.S.P. perform a plethora of classic songs alongside three from the upcoming album: “Miss You”, “Golgotha” and “Last Runaway”. The new material was warmly received but the fervour of the fans is always unleashed during the closing numbers, “Wild Child” and “I Wanna Be Somebody”. W.A.S.P. may have waited 5 years to return to Glasgow but we hope it won’t be as long until they return because tonight they rocked the city to it’s foundations.

W.A.S.P. setlist:
On Your Knees
Inside the Electric Circus
The Real Me
L.O.V.E. Machine
Last Runaway
Arena of Pleasure
Miss You
I Don’t Need No Doctor

Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)

Encore 2:
Wild Child
I Wanna Be Somebody


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About Jurga Kalinauskaite

Photographer, journalist, curious wanderer.
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