With over 30 years in the game, W.A.S.P hit the road once more in support of their upcoming album, Golgatha.

It is Sunday night in Newcastle, and a respectable gathering of the North East’s rock fraternity has descended upon the O2 Academy to welcome the return of W.A.S.P. Taking to the stage, the band frantically rocks their way through a trio of their early classics in the shape of “On Your Knees,” “Inside The Electric Circus,” and their version of The Who’s “The Real Me.”

While the crowd chants for the band’s enigmatic leader, Blackie Lawless, the new blood in the band also gives an energetic performance and gel well together onstage. Lawless continues to walk the Geordie rock faithful down memory lane with “L.O.V.E. Machine” from their 1984 self-titled debut album.

Tonight, the band brings an impressive stage set, complete with multiple video screens that project footage and music videos from the band’s career. It’s been 23 years since W.A.S.P released The Crimson Idol from which they include “Arena of Pleasure.”

The band treats the audience to three tracks from their forthcoming album, Golgatha, including “Miss You,” “Last Runaway” (the first single from the album), before closing their main set with the title track. All were well received.

W.A.S.P returns to close out the night with another couple of classics. They finish with favorites “Wild Child” and “I Wanna Be Somebody” that had the crowd clapping and singing along from the off.

Lawless delivered a nostalgic classic W.A.S.P set, albeit a bit short. We look forward to hearing more of what is to come from the band’s forthcoming album, Golgotha.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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