& The Treatment
Venue: 02 Academy, NewcastleDate: 13 September 2015
a six year hiatus on the new album front and a major
operation after reconstructive surgery on his shoulder and a
broken leg, Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P return to the UK
stages to bring us their The Bloody Road to Golgotha tour.
was the third date of the UK section of the world tour and
saw a near capacity crowd gather for their own Black and
White Idol, but first it was Cambridge’s The Treatment who
get the night going.
new frontman Mitchel Emms and guitarist Tao Grey, the band
set about putting on one hell of opening barrage.
Emms showing what a frontman is all about, it's hard to
believe this is his first full support tour with the band,
after his short spell with the band after replacing Matt
Jones in May this year. He fitted seamlessly into the
frontman role like he'd been there from its inception.
band kicked into top gear from the off opening their
impressive seven song set with the aptly entitled ‘Let It
Begin’, with Emms leading the charge his energy oozed into
the other band members as they rocked hard and fast. Then it
was straight into ‘The Doctor’, during which Emms
reminded me of H.E.A.T.’s Erik Grönwall with his
enigmatic stage presence.
high octane rock n' roll continued with a new song
‘Beautiful’, before the groove filled rocker
band really put the pedal to the metal with the excellent
‘Emergency’, with its AC/DC styled tones, which went
down really well with the Newcastle crowd. The band
then wrapped their impressive set in style with the massive
‘Shake The Mountain’.
This new version of the band has a big future ahead of them. Emms is the perfect foil to take the band the next level and I for one can't wait for the new album with him at the helm.
Now on to the main event. I was one of the privilege few who got to see W.A.S.P. when they first hit the UK shored back in September 21st 1984 on their Winged Assassins Tour, now celebrating 33 Years of Blood, Blackie returns to Newcastle to do what he does best, along with Mike Duda on bass, Doug Blair on lead guitar and returning to the drum stool Patrick Johansson.
the house lights went down the surge toward the front of the
stage began, as the medley of classics tracks acted as an
intro, the band hit the stage headed to the Marshall stacks
with backs to the crowd. A cheer went out as the main
man entered and took his place between Blair and Duda, then
as the intro faded and it was heads down as they opened up
with stalwart classic ‘On Your Knees’ and so it began.
With Lawless’s vocals as strong as ever, the band put
pedal to the metal and ripped through the opener like a
shark through water. Then it was straight into
‘Electric Circus’. These two classic cuts were
very much welcomed by the adoring Newcastle crowd.
full expanse of the stage was filled with video screens for
‘The Real Me’ and ‘L.O.V.E. Machine’, as they
displayed cuts from the classic videos of the band.
On mass the crowd paid homage to their Idol as Lawless stood front and centre stage, as he explained why it has been so long between 'Babylon' and the new album 'Golgotha', before the first of three songs from the new album and current single ‘The Last Runaway’. A song that went down well with the masses. This one really showed just what a great guitarist Blair is, as he just it ripped up the six-string like a man possessed, while Duda spun about the stage like the Tasmanian Devil on overdrive.
was time to roll back to that 2009 album 'Babylon' for
‘Crazy’, before Blair ripped through ‘Miss You’,
another track taken from the new album, which was
accompanied by a little history lesson on the video screens,
informing us that this was one of the first songs written
for their 'Crimson Idol' release, but that it never made the
album and was subsequently revisited and revamped for
The classic medley of 'Hellion', 'I Don’t Need No Doctor’ and 'Arena of Pleasure’ led into the third and final track of the new album, and what a way to close the set with the title track ‘Golgotha’. This song comes in a nearly 8 minutes long and like all the new stuff, went down an absolute storm. The band left the stage to rapturous applause and cheers, the stamping of feet began and the chants of "WASP! WASP!" filled the air. Then "BLACKIE! BLACKIE!" and it wasn’t long before the band were back on stage to round off the night with two classics ‘Wild Child’ and 'I Wanna Be Somebody’.
Blackie may now be a born again Christian and with the band's performance tonight, he proved tonight the devil doesn’t have all the best tunes.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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