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Date: 3/12/10
Venue: Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Blackie Lawless (vocals/guitar) and his hive are currently out supporting the new album "Babylon" playing ‘Crazy’ and ‘Babylon Is Burning’. With these two songs, and many from the setlist, projected on a giant screen behind the drummer are video clips to accompany each and the band plays to the video in real time. If you forgot those MTV videos for ‘I Wanna Be Somebody’, ‘Wild Child’, ‘Blind In Texas’, and ‘L.O.V.E. Machine’, well they are all here. With that, live clips from the classic "Live at the Lyceum" VHS are used for ‘On Your Knees’ and ‘Hellion’, and what is my favorite part of the show, songs from "The Crimson Idol" album; ‘Arena of Pleasure’, ‘Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)’, and ‘The Idol’, all include the footage from the short film originally shot for the album’s release in 1992. And even though not much of the song was included in the medley it was great to hear ‘Scream Until You Like It’. Too bad Blackie doesn’t throw in more of these less "popular" songs more often, I think the people would want to hear ‘The Torture Never Stops’, ‘Restless Gypsy’ or something else from "Inside The Electric Circus", or maybe Ballcrusher’ from "The Last Command". But aside from that, having these videos coincide with the live performance works very well keeping the crowd engaged from start to finish.

The only thing disappointing was ‘Headless Children’ played earlier in the tour got dropped (also ‘Heaven's Hung in Black’ which is no loss), and there is no need to include two of the same old covers for the hundredth time; ‘The Real Me’ by The Who and ‘I Don't Need No Doctor’ from Ray Charles when there are so many other great W.A.S.P. originals not being played.



Mephisto Waltz (intro)
On Your Knees
The Real Me
L.O.V.E. Machine
Babylon's Burning
Wild Child
Hellion/I Don't Need No Doctor/Scream Until You Like It - Medley
Arena of Pleasure
Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)
The Idol
Take Me Up
I Wanna Be Somebody
Blind in Texas

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