During a “VIP Experience” question-and-answer session before W.A.S.P.’s show at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida, Blackie Lawless admitted using backing tracks during the live shows.
“To answer your question, yes, we are using backing tracks. You wanna know why?
“When we go into a studio, and let me clarify that statement; that’s me singing, but when we go in a studio, we do choruses, we double, triple, quadruple the vocals. So my feelings were when I listened to live YouTube [recordings of our shows] and we weren’t doing that, it sounded thin. When we started supplementing it, it sounded better.
“If I’m a fan and I’m coming to a show, I want that thing to sound as good as it can. There are other bands, the Queens of the world, they cannot duplicate 24 vocals at one time. That’s what they do on those records. If you want it to sound like those records, you’ve gotta have some help.
“Now, in defense, I guess maybe what you’re asking, is it fair for a band to go out and use only those? No, that is not fair.
“Like I said, I take a lot of pride in what I do, for the lead vocals that I do, but when it comes to vocals or when it comes to orchestration…