A new audio interview with W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless conducted by Vassil Varbanov of Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock is available for streaming using the audio player below. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.
Tangra Mega Rock: they say the new record is about the four horsemen of the apocalypse - conquest, war, famine, and death. which of those four is the worst in your opinion?
Blackie: I guess it depends on how you look at it. They are all basically designed… they represent judgment! It depends on if you are on the receiving end of it! If you are on the receiving end of it, then you are in big trouble. But if you are not on the receiving end of it, then it's not going to particularly apply to you. Twenty years ago, when I wrote "The Headless Children", there's a lyric in the song that says, "Four horsemen sit high up in the saddle. And waiting to ride the bloody trail of no return." Well, about a year ago, I was watching politicians in Brussels, in the EU there. And they were talking about this supposed global financial crisis. I learned when politicians talk about crisis it's usually some excuse to try and take sort of freedom away from you. But anyway, these guys were talking about [how] maybe it was time for a one-world government. And then I heard another guy say, well, then we should have a one-world monetary system, a one-world currency. And the one that really got me was then another guy says that they believe that by the year 2017 that they can have everybody in the EU micro chipped! Now, you understand what that means, correct?
Tangra Mega Rock: Yeah, I mean, we've seen so many movies about this, some of them were even made in the '60s, so it's hard to believe someone thinks it really can happen….
Blackie: He's talking about eight years from now! And I'm standing there listening to this guy with my mouth open. And I'm thinking to myself, does he not understand what he's saying? Because, I mean, this is direct biblical prophecy this man is talking about! So I went back and I did a detailed study of the "Book of Revelation" and the Bible! And also a couple of other places like "Daniel" in the Bible that talks about this prophecy. And I was astonished as to the accuracy of what the bible talks about in describing what these guys were saying! And I just thought, you know, are we closer now to that than we were 20 years ago. The whole idea is pretty amazing! But that was really where the idea for "Babylon Is Burning" came from!
Tangra Mega Rock: Talking about big books, and because people from the new generations and most of today's people are not much into reading… Do you think it was part of a big plan to divert people away from the books, from what is wise, away from philosophy, history etc. or it happened naturally…
Blackie: I think it just happened. Because if we look at where we are as a society, one of the things I am trying to tell people about in this record is that elections have consequences! And we've been given some great gifts, you know, our grandparents paid the ultimate price for us to have the freedom that we have now. And what has happened is our generation has become complacent…. And you know, politicians… they depend on that. Because they know if you are complacent…they can do whatever they want. We have a responsibility to our freedom. Because if we do not use that freedom, then we will lose that freedom. And with that responsibility, if we don't take responsibility for ourselves… they will take that responsibility from us. And politicians understand that people have very busy lives and don't always have time to really look at the issues that are out there. But if we do not, then we must suffer the consequences because of it. That's happening in America right now. People believed that Obama was going to be this wonderful president and they are beginning to understand now this man is a Marxist. And you know, I'm not making this up. I mean, you can find all this very easily what I'm talking about. Just go on the Internet — you'll see it. His popularity has fallen faster than any other president in the history of the United States! He's now below 45 percent and the reason that that's happening is because people are now beginning to understand who he is. He was just talking before. He has the ability to charm people; he's very good at that. But people didn't understand what he really wanted to do. Like I said, the man is a Marxist. And people in America are beginning to understand this. And there is a revolution that is happening in America right now that's bigger than anything I've ever seen. Two weeks ago on Washington D.C., a hundred thousand people were in front of the White House protesting against Obama. A hundred thousand people! And this is happening now in every major city across the U.S. Like I said, it's the biggest thing I've ever seen in my lifetime in this country! It's astonishing!
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Blackie Lawless interviewed by Tangra Mega Rock (click on player below to launch audio):