was during 1983 that Los Angeles shockrockers W.A.S.P. earned their
reputation as a no-nonsense act with an unforgettable stage show.
With outrageous costumes and over the-top antics, W.A.S.P. put on
one of the most decadent shows ever. Unsigned
at the time, bassist/vocalist Blackie Lawless, guitarists Chris
Holmes and Randy Piper, and drummer Tony Richards had such a strong
following that they were able to sell out venues like the 3,000-seat
Santa Monica Civic Hall.
1984 W.A.S.P. signed with Capitol Records for what was at the time
the largest signing advance ever given to any unsigned band. Produced
by Mike Varney and Blackie Lawless, W.A.S.P.'s self-titled debut
album was released on August 17th, 1984 and reached #74 on the Billboard
after the debut albums' release, Tony Richards left and was replaced
by drummer Steve Riley. W.A.S.P. then embarked on their first world
tour but their reputation had preceded them. Initial dates in Ireland
were canceled. In England, promoters tried to get the band to sign
agreements promising not to torture anyone, release rats, or throw
raw meat at the audience!
the debut album acheived Gold status in the U.S. and eventually
sold more than one million copies worldwide
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