Last night was a busy one for New York metal fans. Concertgoers had to decide between seeing Shrinebuilder and Wolves in the Throne Room at NYU, The Dillinger Escape Plan/Darkest Hour/Iwrestledabearonce/Animals as Leaders at Irving Plaza, or W.A.S.P. at the Gramercy Theater. Actually, scratch that last one. Shortly before it was to have begun, W.A.S.P. cancelled the show, leaving 500 ticket holders out in the cold.
While this is unconfirmed, we hear that Live Nation had scheduled a meet and greet as part of a VIP package, and Blackie Lawless and the rest of the band freaked out, since they hadn’t been informed about it beforehand. Apparently, the band have cancelled shows at the last minute in the past. And to the band’s semi-credit, apparently Lawless signed some autographs for fans. I say “semi-credit” because if he really put the kibosh on the show at the 11th hour over something as arbitrary as a meet and greet (which I’m sure he got extra money for anyway), that’s not the right way to treat your fans.