W.A.S.P.

W.A.S.P. band members, albums, photos, songs

hair story

W.A.S.P. began following the demise of Circus Circus, an Los Angeles-based band featuring Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper. The original line-up of W.A.S.P. was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1982 by Lawless, Piper, Rik Fox, and Tony Richards. The band became notorious for its raunchy and, at times, shocking live shows. Lawless was known to tie semi-naked models to a torture rack, and to also hurl raw meat into the audience. The band’s debut single, entitled “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)”, and its cover were equally controversial.

The first line-up did not last for long, as Rik Fox was let go and went on to join the band Steeler with vocalist Ron Keel and guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. He was replaced by Don Costa, the bassist in Richards’ former band, Dante Fox (which later evolved into Great White). Shortly afterward, Costa also left the band and his position on the bass was filled by Brayden Parker. At the same time, guitarist Chris Holmes joined the band…

…The Last Command was also the first album with new drummer Steve Riley. The former Keel drummer replaced Richards at the beginning of the 1984-1985 tour, and eventually became the drummer for L.A. Guns(from Wikipedia)
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hair band members

Blackie Lawless, lead vocals/bass
Chris Holmes, lead & rhythm guitars
Randy Piper, lead & rhythm guitars
Steve Riley, drums
other hair band members
Tony Richards, drums

hair albums

W.A.S.P. (1984)
The Last Command (1985)
Inside the Electric Circus (1986)
The Headless Children (1989)
The Crimson Idol (1992)

post-hair albums

First Blood Last Cuts (1993)
Still Not Black Enough (1995)
Kill Fuck Die (1997)
Helldorado (1999)
Unholy Terror (2001)
Dying for the World (2002)
The Neon God: Part 1 – The Rise (2004)
The Neon God: Part 2 – The Demise (2004)
Dominator (2007)
Babylon (2009)
Golgotha (2015)

live shows

Live at The Lyceum (1984)