During the “VIP Experience” Q&A session earlier WASPNovember 27 concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, frontman Blackie Lawless spoke about his faith and what was the catalyst for rededicating his life to Christ. He said in part (as transcribed BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Someday some of the people you knew just don’t come around anymore. But that’s not why you make these decisions. You have to do what’s right for you. And I told people that it was kind of like that for me Lieutenant Dan moment [referring to Gary Sinise‘s character Lt. Dan Taylor in the movie ‘Forrest Gump’]where Gary Sinise sits in the crow’s nest [of his shrimp boat in the middle of a hurricane], and he shakes his fist with God: ‘You will never sink this boat.’ Well, I went through one of those. I spent six months studying the New Testament and trying to disprove it.
“You have to remember I was raised in the church,” he explained. “I had an uncle who was a preacher, and my father was a Sunday school superintendent. My grandfather was a deacon. So when the doors were open, I was there. So I grew up with all that. But I left for 20 years and I came back and, like I said, that’s when I decided to face it. It’s like trying to figure out if it’s true or not? So it wasn’t much… I did the Gary Sinise joke a second ago. But he really wasn’t one of those. It was more like a process of evaluation and studying and things like that.”
Blackie previously talked about his faith when discussing how being a born-again Christian influenced the entire creative and recording process of the band’s then-new album, “Golgotha”. He told Ultimate Classic Rock at the time: “Definitely the lyrics are all written from the eyes of my faith, everything is through that filter. Also talk about genre. [heavy metal and hard rock] which is generally obsessed with the idea of God and/or the devil. Jazz, pop, there is no other genre that is as completely obsessed with it as this genre is.
“The Bible tells us, ‘Truth was put into the hearts of all men.’ In other words, people know what the truth is. I see people who are searching for the truth. Everyone’s on a journey, the people who are attracted to this genre are people who are really a lot more in tune with what they think they are.”
He continued, “I’m speaking from a direction where I know what I’m talking about. I was in the church until my late teens, and when I left and came to California, I went as far as you could go. I ended up studying for three years occult. I understand what they’re looking for – they’re looking for the same thing I’m looking for. I’m now at the point where I’m bilingual: I can speak their language. They don’t necessarily know my language, but I understand where they’re coming from.
“When we say ‘religion,’ we kind of use it as a blanket term, and when people have an aversion to it, they have every reason to feel that way. That’s part of what drove me away—the indoctrination of people that I received; that is human indoctrination Now, from my perspective, my faith is based on Jesus Christ and the Bible – nothing more, nothing less.
“I don’t want to hear anyone tell me their ideas or their interpretations or interjections about what they put in the Bible, like telling me that I shouldn’t eat meat on Friday or that I should go worship someone who is old dead. bones somewhere. That’s not in my Bible. That’s a lot. Every organized religion has it, every organized faith has it. I don’t come from here.”
Blackie continued: “When I left the church and then studied the occult, I went around for 20 years thinking I was mad at God. After 20 years I realized I wasn’t mad at God, I was mad at man, the indoctrination that I received. I had to settle this issue for myself once and for all because I will not walk around with this anxiety about what will happen to me and where I am going. I learned the truth. I got a Bible, I started reading and I thought that I would disproved the matter once and for all.
“Everybody says the Bible was written by men, but the Bible says it was men who were directly inspired by God. But I didn’t believe it for a minute. So I started reading and I started discovering and you have 66 books, written by 40 different authors, spread over three different continents, in three different languages, over a period of 2000 years. Most of the authors did not know each other, they did not know each other, yet I consistently see that they are not answering only asking each other , finishing each other’s sentences. It was amazing the more I got into it and one day it hit me like a shot. I’m reading the living word of the living God. Then I was just scratching the surface, but then when you get into it even more, it is incomprehensible.
“I can’t say it strongly enough. It’s more than impossible that men could write this. I’m a writer and even writers I know I admire, I watch how we write, I know what our limitations are and, as I said , is so far beyond our understanding.”
WASP kicked off her first US tour in a decade in October. The trek coincides with the band’s 40th anniversary and includes support from ARMORED WORLD and MICHAEL SCHENKER on selected broadcasts.
No marriage he led WASP as the main vocalist and main songwriter from the very beginning. His unique brand of visual, social and political commentary has taken the band to global heights, selling millions of records along with a legacy of sold-out concerts around the world for four decades. He is affiliated WASPcurrent band bassist Mike Duda and a guitarist Doug Blairwhose tenure in the group spans 26 and 18 years, respectively, along with an exceptional drummer Aquiles Priester.