HEAVY metal favourites WASP have announced a return to Ireland next month as part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour.
The shows at Dublin's National Stadium on March 25 and The Ulster Hall in Belfast on March 26 will feature the first live performances of the US band's controversial anthem Animal (**** Like A Beast) in over 15 years.
Still led by frontman Blackie Lawless, WASP recently completed their first US tour in over a decade, which ended with a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
"The US tour that we just finished has been a joy I’ve not felt since the first tour we did in 84/85," enthused Lawless, who is joined in the current WASP line-up by bassist Mike Duda, guitarist Doug Blair and drummer Aquiles Priester.
"Something truly special happened between all of you and us on this tour. More than I’ve ever felt before in my entire career.
"The European leg of the 40th Anniversary World Tour begins on March 17 in Manchester, which, like most of the shows here in the US, now shares the two most beautiful words in show business: 'Sold Out'.
"Yes, we’re coming to hit you, we’re coming to hurt you. As this traveling circus insane asylum rolls on, I cannot wait to start it all again.”