During the most recent presidential election, W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless threw his support behind Arizona Sen. John McCain’s candidacy and publicly endorsed the Republican candidate. Of course, Lawless’ man didn’t win the highest office in the nation. No, instead, history was made back in November as Democratic presidential hopeful, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, was voted into the White House. So, how is Lawless coping with life in the Obama age? Not so good, it turns out.
In a recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine, the leader of the 1980s heavy metal outfit had some choice words for the new POTUS, and even compared the man to one of the world’s most notorious criminals.
“I was very, very critical of Obama during the campaign,” Lawless tells Classic Rock. “I wrote a long letter, and I sent it out to all the press the night before the election. I pulled no punches with this guy because I had really done quite a bit of research on him while the election was going on. He’s one of these old-time ’60s radicals from way back. He thinks he’s going to change the world and he’s hell-bent on doing that.”
Lawless then recalls the night Obama was granted his party’s nomination. “When he stood there the night of the nomination and he said that he intended on ‘fundamentally changing’ America … a chill ran down my back,” he explains. “Thousands of people were just standing there, wildly applauding, and it reminded me of Hitler standing on the steps of the Reichstag.”
Wait. What was that, Blackie … the man who wrote the 1984 classic ‘Animal (F— Like a Beast)’?
Lawless says he thought, as he watched Obama’s nomination, that “these people don’t understand what this man is talking about, what his true intentions are, and how he is going to go about doing this. This man, like I said, is straight out of the ’60s school of radicalism, where he thinks he’s going to be Robin Hood and rob from the rich to give to the poor.
“I subscribe to the theory, ‘If you work, you eat. And if you don’t, you don’t.’ It’s really no more complicated than that. Do we want to be compassionate? Yes. Do we want to help each other as best we can? Yes. But that doesn’t mean that I bust my hump to create something and somebody comes along and decides that I can’t keep that anymore. That’s not what either one of our countries was really built on.”
W.A.S.P. will release a new album called ‘Babylon’ on Oct. 13, an album centered around biblical visions of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. That, says Lawless, was inspired by “our so-called world leaders” who “are on a mission to march people straight into hell.”
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