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  • Writer's pictureMichael Brandvold

Blackie Lawless, My Intention is to Finish this Tour, Come Hell or High Water

As many of you already know I had a serious setback at the hands of a very unqualified Doctor here in Europe about 2 weeks into the tour. I've been receiving treatment at a hospital in Berlin and that team of Doctors has been nothing short of fantastic. But, at the same time they strongly advised me to stop the tour and go back to L.A. and begin my rehab. But it's hard for them to understand, this is the only 40th Anniversary I'm ever going to get, not to mention the fans that have stood by us this entire time have waited over 3 years, and because of the pandemic suffered 3 different sets of tour postponements. I go back to Berlin on Friday for 2 days for more treatments which means both the shows in Italy will be missed. At the start the Doctors there told me without rest and rehab I would definitely get worse. As hard as I've pushed through these shows, they were right. The show last night in Zurich was cut short by 2 songs, and I do apologize for that but the pain reached a point where I could no longer perform and it lasted throughout the entire show. My legs were giving out on me and it got dangerous. I will not be able to stand to do the remaining 5 shows, so the compromise I reached with the Doctors was if I would stay seated, in a chair to do these last 5 then they will give me clearance to finish the tour and do those remaining 5 shows. I've never done this before, but please understand, my intention is to finish this tour, come hell or high water, and give this incredibly dedicated fan base, that has been with us from the beginning, the show they have all heard about. Plus we're going to build the chair into "Elvis". Hey, he's been with us the whole time and he will finish this tour right beside me because he's basically one of the Band.


But, as frustrating as this all has been I can't wait to get into rehab, and then destroy America.... Again, on the 2nd, and final leg of the "40th Anniversary World Tour"!! We are Coming Back....and we're Coming to Hurt Somebody!!


B. L.




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cl_graham
Nov 27, 2023

Blackie, I’m not sure if I ever wrote to you about this before but back in the mid 80’s when you were touring, I bought tickets to your show. After seeing you on MTV & listening to your music, I was so obsessed. I bought your albums & listened to them often. I had a large patch of you on the back of my jean jacket that must have horrified everyone walking by me in high school back then. But I loved it. The morning of the concert I went & stood at the locked building door in hopes of meeting you. It was during the winter but nothing could have kept me away. I stood outside for six hour…

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letskickitintheass
Aug 02, 2023

Chris Holmes finished his European tour in a minivan with an open top gear trailer.


ps .. the underlying psychological driver for a back injury is the burden of guilt 🤷‍♂️ i'm wondering if those free/stolen publishing royalties might've cost ya somethin after all? 😉

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Tom Henrich
Tom Henrich
Aug 02, 2023
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I ask this in the most gentleness of terms....


Are you out of your motherfuckin' mind ? Forgot to take or your meds or something ?

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Sandman Pritchett
Sandman Pritchett
Jul 25, 2023

My Best wishes to you Blackie you need to rest and recover because the world needs you! You are my Idol and a musical genius! Get better brother the world needs W.A.S.P.

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Unknown member
Jun 03, 2023

Hi Steve.

After reading about, then hearing your latest update about your spinal problems with Eddie Trunk, I am horrified that the medic doing the trapped spinal nerve procedure (Rhizolysis), didn't administer a local anaesthetic first! That is standard procedure in Australia. I had 6 keyhole procedures for the same thing, with local anaesthetic administered first. By the time the 5th and 6th were being done, it had worn off. I KNOW the agony you were in! It is equivalent to severe labour pain during natural childbirth, not something you will ever experience. Fortunately! 😁


I hope the treating doctor advised you that you'll still need to go easy in the future. Removing the source of your pain doesn't mea…


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Lorenzo Zanellati
Lorenzo Zanellati
May 25, 2023

My best wishes !!! I would have liked to read your thoughts to the Italian fans, the only ones to have been completely excluded from this tour...

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Lorenzo Zanellati
Lorenzo Zanellati
May 30, 2023
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Yes, it's true....but you started it.

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