W.A.S.P. will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut by performing the album in full and in order on their fall 2024 Album ONE Alive tour.

The 39-city tour will kick off Oct. 26 in San Luis Obispo and conclude Dec. 14 in Los Angeles. Death Angel and Unto Others will support W.A.S.P. on all dates, except as noted below. Ticket presales begin on May 29th at 10 a.m. local time, you can get more information at WASPnation.com.

Lawless has reportedly recovered from surgery to treat two herniated discs and a broken vertebra, injuries that forced him to cancel the band's planned 2023 tour.

Released on Aug. 17, 1984, the gold-selling W.A.S.P. is home to songs such as "I Wanna Be Somebody," "On Your Knees" and "The Flame." "It was an angry record made by an angry band," singer Blackie Lawless declared in a press release announcing the tour. "It was a record that not only reflected the attitude of the band members who made it, but also a record that reflected its time."

Before the release of W.A.S.P., the Parents Music Resource Center added the song "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" to their "Filthy 15" list of "morally objectionable" songs. As as result Capitol Records pulled the track from the record, although it was returned to its rightful opening spot for a 1998 reissue.

Citing his religious convictions, Lawless removed "Animal" from the group's set lists in 2006, but brought it back for the band's 2022 40th anniversary tour. "There's a part of me that says it's already out there," Lawless told Eddie Trunk prior to the tour's start. "You can't put the genie back in the bottle. Do I owe it to the fan base to really make this a true retrospect of what we've done?"

W.A.S.P. Album ONE Alive Tour Dates

Oct. 26 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater (no opening acts)
Oct. 28 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Oct. 29 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Oct. 30 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Nov. 01 - Calgary, AB The Palace Theatre
Nov. 02 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Nov. 03 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Nov. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Nov. 05 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Nov. 07 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
Nov. 08 - St Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
Nov. 10 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 11 - Toronto, ON @ History
Nov. 13 - Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
Nov. 14 - Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Capitole
Nov. 15 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 16 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom At Manhattan Center
Nov. 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
Nov. 19 - Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theater
Nov. 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Nov. 21 - Stroudsburg, PA @ The Sherman Theater
Nov. 22 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Nov. 23 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Nov. 24 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
Nov. 26 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Nov. 27 - Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
Nov. 29 - Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Nov. 30 - San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
Dec. 01 - Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
Dec. 03 - Little Rock, AR @ The Hall
Dec. 04 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Dec. 06 - Albuquerque, NM @ REVEL
Dec. 07 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
Dec. 09 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
Dec. 10 - San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Dec. 11 - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Dec. 12 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Dec. 13 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield (no Death Angel)
Dec. 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium (no Death Angel)

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