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Interview:
W.A.S.P. Has Fans Seeing Double
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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There’s twice as much W.A.S.P. for fans to enjoy on the road this time out.

After using extensive video production for its 2007 tour for the 15th anniversary of its “Crimson Idol” concept album, the veteran hard rock troupe has created an even more interactive concept for this year’s outing to promote its latest album, “Babylon.”

“We’re using promotional videos — new ones, old ones everything we have — and we play in sync with those videos,” says W.A.S.P. founder and frontman Blackie Lawless (real name Steven Duran). “This creates some weird sort of 3-D effect, almost like two bands playing simultaneously.

“It’s fun to watch the audience when we do this. They watch the movie for a second, then they watch m, and they’re trying to figure out how we’re doing this. They have their heads cocked sideways like the old RCA dog and the gramophone.”

So, then, how do they do it?

“It’s a lot of technical jargon,” according to Lawless, 53, who likens looking at the vintage footage to “looking at your old family album.” “It’s a tremendous amount of work. It’s one of those kinds of things that, when it’s done right, you don’t notice how many people are involved, but if any one of them messes up, you’d notice.

“It’s very challenging, but that’s really the way it should be.”



W.A.S.P. performs Saturday, March 6, at Harpo’s Concert Theatre, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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