W.A.S.P. PRESS RELEASE
NOTHING BUT THE FACTS
17 JULY 1997
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Motorhead have recently issued a press release outlining the reasons why they
pulled out of W.A.S.P.'s current KILL FUCK DIE tour of America which they
were "Special Guests" on. The Press Release they issued is an amateurish
attempt to cover up the facts behind their departure and is a complete
fabrication of the events that took place.
The accurate series of events is as follows:
- In April this year W.A.S.P. were asked by The Agency (both bands mutual U.S.
agents) to consider taking Motorhead as their "Special Guests" on their
forthcoming tour. In an effort to give their fans value for their money
- Motorhead accepted the "Special Guest" slot and requested that W.A.S.P. give
them co-headlining billing. W.A.S.P. granted the request out of respect to
Motorhead and their achievements in Heavy Metal history. At the same time it
was made clear that the tour was controlled by W.A.S.P. and all decisions
relating to it would be W.A.S.P.'s alone. This was agreed by both band's
management and it was understood that this was a condition of the tour taking
- Throughout the weeks leading up to the tour Motorheads's management made it
very clear that they were having financial difficulties in general and these
were compounded by problems they were having making their budgets work.
Subsequent to this and following a commitment by W.A.S.P. to pay some of
their costs (for a monitor system W.A.S.P. did not need) Motorhead decided to
- The first few days of the tour were a logistical nightmare as is the case
for most tours. This was compounded by a general bad attitude on the part of
key members of Motorhead who were obviously not happy to be on the road again
particularly in light of the commercial failure of their recent album.
- The night before the New York show Motorhead were thrown off the tour as a
result of their unprofessionalism, being abusive to crew members and general
inebriated state which made it very difficult to deal with them and put on a
good show for the fans.
- The day of the New York show a conference call took place between the bandŐs
respective managements and agent where Motorhead asked to be allowed back
onto the tour. Once again in an effort to give the fans the show they were
promised W.A.S.P. relented after an undertaking from MotorheadŐs management
that they would be professional and straighten themselves up. Further to
this it was also a condition that Lemmy would personally apologize to those
crew members shared by both bands that he had been abusive to or lose their
services. Lemmy of course being the big man that he is couldnŐt bring
himself to apologize. Those crew members continued to work for W.A.S.P. and
Lemmy was forced to put himself deeper into debut by hiring additional crew
members for Motorhead purely because he couldnŐt act professionally.
- The week following the New York date and conference call went off smoothly
with only minor glitches and a mutual respect rebuilding between both
- Just as it seemed that things were going to work out and that Metal fans
were going to continue seeing the best package of the summer Motorhead called
in with the news that they had to pull off the tour after the Chicago date.
If they pulled out at the time they stated that they would lose $40,000; if
they continued to the end of the tour their loss would have been even
greater. This example of poor planning on MotorheadŐs part not only robs the
fans of the show they were promised but is completely indicative of their
complete lack of professionalism.
- Following Motorhead's decision to pull out W.A.S.P. elected to cancel the
next five shows as the fans in those cities were not going to see the package
they bought tickets for and there wasnŐt sufficient time to advertise the
correct package. The last three shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and
Santa Ana took place with the public fully aware that they were going to a
show that did not include Motorhead. Motorhead's insinuations to the
contrary are libelous and a fabrication.
- Motorhead are complete amateurs who after twenty years still canŐt plan a
tour properly and professionally and are fabricating stories to excuse
themselves for not giving Metal fans the show they were promised.
- Blackie Lawless said "ItŐs the fans that are losing out and them we feel
sorry for. WeŐll never allow Motorhead on one of our shows again."
- If Blackie Lawless is Mike Tyson as Motorhead state in their press release
then Lemmy must be Frank Bruno as when it came time for fisticuffs Lemmy
crossed himself ten times said his Hail Mary's and ran the 100 yard dash
faster than Donovan Daily. Blackie Lawless said "Beating up on Lemmy would
be like beating your grandfather. In hindsight I'm just glad he had the
foresight to run. I come from the school that says don't kick a dog when
heŐs down and let me tell you he's down and beaten."
- W.A.S.P. are planning a live album for release in 1988 which was recorded on
their final dates of the U.S. tour and from their Japanese tour in September.