W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless has announced that he will be playing the remaining five shows on the band’s current European run while seated in a chair due to a herniated disc in his back

The custom throne, which Lawless has nicknamed “Elvis“, will be built into the singer’s custom mic stand.

In a message posted on Wednesday (May 10) on W.A.S.P.‘s official web siteLawless wrote: “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.”

Blackie continued: “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!!”

The European leg of W.A.S.P.‘s 40th-anniversary world tour is scheduled to wrap on May 18 in Sofia, Bulgaria at Universidada Sports Hall.

W.A.S.P. will be continuing the worldwide 40th anniversary celebration with the recently announced North American leg of “The 40th Never Stops World Tour 2023” which kicks off in August. 

Blackie Lawless VIP meet-and-greet tickets will be available at


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