Infobox_band | band_name = W.A.S.P. | image = 200px| | years_active = 1982 – present | status = Active | country = California, USA | music_genre = Heavy Metal|/Glam Metal} record_label = Capitol Records | current_members = Blackie LawlessDoug BlairMike DudaMike Dupke |
This article is about the band. For other meanings of wasp, see Wasp (disambiguation)
W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 which gained notoriety for its "shock rock" image, music and live performances.
The band, formed in Los Angeles, California, initially consisted of Blackie Lawless, Rik Fox, Randy Piper and Tony Richards. The band became famous for its raunchy and at times shocking live shows; Lawless was known to tie semi-naked models to a torture rack and hurl raw meat into the audience. The band's debut single, entitled Animal (Fuck Like A Beast), was equally controversial.
The first lineup didn't last for long, as Rik Fox left the band to join (then unknown) vocalist Ron Keel & guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen in the band Steeler. He was replaced by Don Costa. Shortly afterwards, D...