W.A.S.P. / Armored Saint Opening Night Show Review, Las Vegas, House Of Blues October 28, 2022
The Verdict… Perrin Wolfson reporting in Law Vegas for The Metal Voice at the House of Blues Oct 28 2022 opening night of the W.A.S.P. Armored Saint US tour, to a sold out show.
Photos Perrin Wolfson
Editor Jimmy Kay
Armored Saint was first up. They delivered a brilliantly executed, career spanning, 50-minute setlist, delivered with the energy and power of bands 25 years their junior.
Set list included
March of The Saints
Reign of Fire
Long Before I Die
Book of Blood
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Win Hands Down
Symbol of Salvation
Can U Deliver
Singer John Bush
Armored Saint Merch
Bassist Joey Vera
The headliner W.A.S.P who has not played the USA in ten years hits the stage to a more than enthusiastic crowd
W.A.S.P. last toured the U.S. in 2010, and their last U.S. show took place in 2013 at the M3 Rock Festival. Joining Lawless on the upcoming trek are bassist Mike Duda, who has been with the band since 1995; guitarist Doug Blair, who has been with the band since 2006; and relative newcomer Aquiles Priester, who joined in 2017.
W.A.S.P: A lesson in “give the people what they want”. While there was not much in the way of deep cuts, Blackie and band performed an hour, 45-minute set of “hits”, classics, and fan favourites that put an exclamation point on the band’s return to the North American market.
Visually, the show was appealing, but not the spectacle some were hoping for… still the use of video and imagery enhanced the experience, and is appropriate for theatre sized venues.
Doug Blair (guitar), Mike Duda (bass), and Aquiles Priester (drums) formed a tight unit, and an added touch was every past member of WASP being acknowledged in a video montage as the show ended. A solid night of entertainment!
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