MM Television conducted an interview with W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless on November 17, 2009 before the band's concert in Sofia, Bulgaria. Watch the Bulgarian-language report below.
W.A.S.P.'s new album, "Babylon", entered the U.K. "Rock Albums" chart at position No. 15. The CD was released in Europe on October 12 through Global Music (via Demolition Records) and was issued in the U.S. on November 17.
The album — for which work began in February of this year — saw Blackie Lawless take a good look in the mirror about not only himself, but also the current state of the world. "As the recordings progressed, I found myself once again asking the question — 'Who am I?' but more specifically, 'Who am I now, and where am I in my life?'" explained Lawless. "You all know that I've said repeatedly that any art — be it movies, painting or music — should reflect its maker's vision of themselves, and the world around them at that precise moment of their lives. If they are indeed truthful with that art, it then gives the viewer or listener a pretty good snapshot inside the head and heart of the one creating it."
With the world in a state of flux due to a global financial meltdown, Lawless began doing some research, which led to the genesis of what became "Babylon". "I went back and did a detailed study of the 'Book of Revelation' and refreshed my memory with some pretty amazing reading. That reading inspires powerful images. Enough for me to take those images of the sixth chapter of 'Revelation' and the four horsemen of the apocalypse and write 'Babylon's Burning'. 'Babylon's Burning' is based on that imagery in the same way 'Headless Children' was. It's an overview of what we allow ourselves to become and the consequences that befall us for the poor choices we make."
The song "Crazy" was made available for download via various digital service providers from September 28.
Lawless commented on the track: "Although like it may sound like a man talking to a woman, 'Crazy' is about a performer talking to an audience; the dangers of idol worship and elevating musicians and politicians to a level that's dangerous!"