There once was a time
when the only way to capture a band's power was through live in-concert
recordings. The technology of studio recordings just didn't do certain
bands justice. On the other hand, their live recordings were nothing
short of rock n' roll masterpieces and live albums by KISS, Judas
Priest, Foghat, and Ted Nugent all come to mind. Then the studio
technology caught up and the anticipation surrounding the release
of a live album subsided. That is until now...
Double Live Assassins,
the 9th release by W.A.S.P., is everything a live album was meant
to be. Powerful, sleazy, sweaty, and exciting, this is truly a live
album that was meant to be played loud. Recorded in Switzerland,
Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles during W.A.S.P.'s 1997 Kill
Fuck Die tour, Double Live Assassins captures all the excitement
and electricity that is a W.A.S.P. concert. Lead vocalist/ rhythm
guitarist Blackie Lawless, lead guitarist Chris Holmes, bassist
Mike Duda, and drummer Stet Howland, have created a live record
that rightfully belongs alongside Thin Lizzy's Live & Dangerous,
Kiss Alive, or UFO's Strangers In The Night.
Released in March
'98, Double Live Assassins captures plenty of magical moments while
packing a mean punch. Produced by Blackie Lawless and mixed by Stan
Katayama, this 2-CD set is a must have for anyone who appreciates
the spirit and danger of no-holds-barred rock n' roll. From the
opening number to the final fiery chords, Double Live Assassins
embodies the overdrive energy and sonic devastation of W.A.S.P.
like only a live album can. Just like every night during the Kill
Fuck Die tour, Double Live Assassins opens with a medley of "On
Your Knees" into "I Don't Need No Doctor" into "Hellion"
into "Chainsaw Charlie." The track listing includes "Wild
Child", "Animal", "Love Machine", "Killahead",
"I Wanna Be Somebody", "U", "The Real Me",
"Kill Your Pretty Face", "The Horror", "Blind
In Texas", "The Headless Children", "The Idol",
Crimson Idol medley", "Little Death", "Mean
Man", and "Rock & Roll to Death."
listen to this record and is it any better than what we've done
in terms of W.A.S.P. studio recordings? It's not better but it's
different.," explains Blackie.
"There are times when bands capture something special. You
can't always do that. You'll hear the same band perform the same
show somewhere else and the magic is just not there. You're just
looking for a moment to capture and you just hope the tape machines
are rolling when it occurs. I think we got pretty lucky. I mean
there's a lot of mistakes on this record but that's part of it's
charm. When we were getting ready to do this, we wanted to try an
assemble the definitive example of what our body of work has been
up until now. We wanted to present it in a way that was uniform
from the very beginnings to where we are now. The material was pretty
carefully chosen so it would have the proper vibe all the way through."
When asked to compare
Double Live Assassins to W.A.S.P.'s previous live effort, W.A.S.P....
Live In The Raw, Blackie had this to say.
first one sucked.... The two biggest differences is the approach
to recording it and the sound. The first one was done in an arena
environment and it was intended to sound as such. Because of that
the sound rolls around and it echoes. Double Live Assassins, because
it was being recorded in smaller venues, we took the exact opposite
approach. We wanted it to sound as if W.A.S.P. were inside your
garage. There's no reverb, nothing like that. As a matter of fact,
I went back and I looked back at The Who's Live At Leeds and it
was recorded in a venue with about four or five hundred people.
Everything is up in your face. That was the same approach we used
with Double Live Assassins and the result is really good because
Since their earliest
days up through the present, W.A.S.P. have carved out their proper
place among rock n' roll's strongest live acts. Double Live Assassins
is recorded evidence that W.A.S.P's reputation as one of the world's
strongest live acts is indeed justified. With a massive tour with
Iron Maiden planned for the summer, it's only a matter of time before
W.A.S.P. are back out on the road doing what they do best-- turning
up the volume and taking no prisoners.