Blackie Lawless took great delight in celebrating the 25th anniversary of his critically acclaimed concept album and HRH Mag’s Guy Bell was invited to the party…

 

A quarter of a century ago W.A.S.P. released a masterpiece to draw a line under their era of glam, shock and sleaze.

The Crimson Idol remains, to this day, a classic concept album steeped in emotion and telling the tale of a desperate young rock star eager to make it to the top.

Blackie Lawless reignited the burning flame of desire during the 25th anniversary tour of his solo album and ripped an unsuspecting White Rock Theatre in Hastings to shreds.

Despite the 61-year-old rocker’s return to the UK being undermined by a delay en route from Denmark, W.A.S.P. turned back the clock and delivered a perfectly heavy rendition of The Crimson Idol from start to finish.

An acoustic Titanic Overture teased a small crowd before the anticipation was met with sheer glam metal brilliance.

While some singers struggle in their later days Lawless’s unmistakable voice is as recognisable as the day of The Crimson Idol’s release.

Former Angra drummer Aquiles Priester stepped up to the challenge of providing the percussive backdrop to Jonathan Aaron Steel’s quest for stardom.

A blistering run through of the 1992 album was complete with an on-screen adaptation narrated by Lawless to help depict Steel’s sorry story and come full circle.

The quartet left the stage before Wild Child and Love Machine brought a more positive perspective to an evening of old school perfection.

Decades have passed since the release of Animal (F*** Like A Beast) and Lawless’s rebirth as a Christian spelled an end to that era. But The Crimson Idol represented a maturity in the singer’s stature and songwriting.

Twenty-five years after he released arguably the greatest concept record in glam, Lawless and W.A.S.P. resurrected the frontman’s famed piece of solo success and shook Hastings to within an inch of its life.