DOUBLE LIVE ASSASSINS 

DISC ONE 

The Medley i) On Your Knees ii) I Don't Need No Doctor
iii) Hellion iv) Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)
Wild Child
Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
L.O.V.E. Machine
Killahead
I Wanna Be Somebody
The Real Me
Kill Your Pretty Face
The Horror
 

DISC TWO

 Blind In Texas
The Headless Children
The Idol
The Crimson Idol Medley
Little Death
Mean Man/Rock and Roll to Death

There once was a time when the only way to capture a band's power was through live in-concert recordings. The technology of studio recordings just didn't do certain bands justice. On the other hand, their live recordings were nothing short of rock n' roll masterpieces and live albums by KISS, Judas Priest, Foghat, and Ted Nugent all come to mind. Then the studio technology caught up and the anticipation surrounding the release of a live album subsided. That is until now...

Double Live Assassins, the 9th release by W.A.S.P., is everything a live album was meant to be. Powerful, sleazy, sweaty, and exciting, this is truly a live album that was meant to be played loud. Recorded in Switzerland, Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles during W.A.S.P.'s 1997 Kill Fuck Die tour, Double Live Assassins captures all the excitement and electricity that is a W.A.S.P. concert. Lead vocalist/ rhythm guitarist Blackie Lawless, lead guitarist Chris Holmes, bassist Mike Duda, and drummer Stet Howland, have created a live record that rightfully belongs alongside Thin Lizzy's Live & Dangerous, Kiss Alive, or UFO's Strangers In The Night.

Released in March '98, Double Live Assassins captures plenty of magical moments while packing a mean punch. Produced by Blackie Lawless and mixed by Stan Katayama, this 2-CD set is a must have for anyone who appreciates the spirit and danger of no-holds-barred rock n' roll. From the opening number to the final fiery chords, Double Live Assassins embodies the overdrive energy and sonic devastation of W.A.S.P. like only a live album can. Just like every night during the Kill Fuck Die tour, Double Live Assassins opens with a medley of "On Your Knees" into "I Don't Need No Doctor" into "Hellion" into "Chainsaw Charlie." The track listing includes "Wild Child", "Animal", "Love Machine", "Killahead", "I Wanna Be Somebody", "U", "The Real Me", "Kill Your Pretty Face", "The Horror", "Blind In Texas", "The Headless Children", "The Idol", Crimson Idol medley", "Little Death", "Mean Man", and "Rock & Roll to Death."

"I listen to this record and is it any better than what we've done in terms of W.A.S.P. studio recordings? It's not better but it's different.," explains Blackie. "There are times when bands capture something special. You can't always do that. You'll hear the same band perform the same show somewhere else and the magic is just not there. You're just looking for a moment to capture and you just hope the tape machines are rolling when it occurs. I think we got pretty lucky. I mean there's a lot of mistakes on this record but that's part of it's charm. When we were getting ready to do this, we wanted to try an assemble the definitive example of what our body of work has been up until now. We wanted to present it in a way that was uniform from the very beginnings to where we are now. The material was pretty carefully chosen so it would have the proper vibe all the way through."

When asked to compare Double Live Assassins to W.A.S.P.'s previous live effort, W.A.S.P.... Live In The Raw, Blackie had this to say.

"The first one sucked.... The two biggest differences is the approach to recording it and the sound. The first one was done in an arena environment and it was intended to sound as such. Because of that the sound rolls around and it echoes. Double Live Assassins, because it was being recorded in smaller venues, we took the exact opposite approach. We wanted it to sound as if W.A.S.P. were inside your garage. There's no reverb, nothing like that. As a matter of fact, I went back and I looked back at The Who's Live At Leeds and it was recorded in a venue with about four or five hundred people. Everything is up in your face. That was the same approach we used with Double Live Assassins and the result is really good because of it."

Since their earliest days up through the present, W.A.S.P. have carved out their proper place among rock n' roll's strongest live acts. Double Live Assassins is recorded evidence that W.A.S.P's reputation as one of the world's strongest live acts is indeed justified. With a massive tour with Iron Maiden planned for the summer, it's only a matter of time before W.A.S.P. are back out on the road doing what they do best-- turning up the volume and taking no prisoners.

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