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Iconic W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless reveals where he got his stage name from

Born Steven Edward Duren on September 4, 1956. the W.A.S.P. frontman revealed where he got the name “Blackie Lawless” on a recent appearance on the Eddie Trunk podcast.

Blackie said: “I’ve had it since I was about 13, well the first part anyway. My mother was from Houston originally and there was a guy there who had that first name Blackie and apparently he was some sort of local gang member. My mom had worked for the USO during the second world war and she was a professional dancer. She would do these shows and they would go around to service clubs. And this guy walked in one night and got into an argument with one of the sailors.

Lawless continued: “He took a switchblade and he stuck it in the guy in his stomach and walked around the guy with the blade in him, so he did a circle around his body. And I heard that story, and it left a lasting impression. So with the color of the hair and all, it just stuck. It’s been with me ever since.”

When it comes to the “Lawless” part of his name, Blackie revealed: “I know you being a football fan, you’re probably going to laugh at this, but during the ’70s there was a guy who played for the Dallas Cowboys who was an all-pro center named Burton Lawless. The back of their jerseys with that name on it, I couldn’t resist that.”

When the W.A.S.P. leader was asked if he is ever addressed by his birth name, he replied: “If I go someplace where somebody doesn’t know me, but very few people do. Even before my mom passed away, she used to call me Blackie. So, you know, when your mother calls you by that, that’s your name.”

Check out the full interview at this location.

W.A.S.P. is currently on the road for it’s 40th anniversary tour.