Blackie Lawless about writing his autobiography: “It’s been one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in my life”

Author Arto Mäenpää - 22.5.2022

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless has spent the pandemic time by writing a new album for his band and finishing his autobiograph. In a new interview Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio station Lawless told about the process of making the autobiography the following (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

“It’s taken a whole lot longer than I thought it would, but it’s been one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in my life. It’s a tremendous amount of work because there’s so many things, over the course of a lifetime, that you forget about, especially when you do what we do for a living. Anybody that does what we do, it’s not like the average person out there where you go to work and you do your thing and you get into a routine. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s different.

“I’ve often said that I’ve already… because of the schedule and the way that any band has to do things — you’re here today; you’re somewhere else tomorrow — it’s like you’ve already lived four or five of somebody else’s lifetimes,” he explained. “And because of the amount of intensity that goes into the same amount of space that everybody has. Twenty-four hours for somebody that does this is not the same as twenty-four hours for somebody that’s in a routine. And it can get a little on the insane side.

“The first thing I did was interview everybody that I could think of and said, ‘What are your memories of this?'” Blackie revealed. “So I got those. But then where I got the majority of it from was really going back in my own head. And the deeper I got into it, the more things I had totally forgotten about. Because, like I said, there’s so many things that will happen in a given day that the only thing you remember is the most intense thing. But maybe the two or three other things that were just under it were just as intense, but you don’t remember it. You remember being on the flight the time the guys got angry with a stewardess and stuffed her in the overhead bin, but you don’t remember the two or three things that happened under that. That’s a true story, by the way.”

Asked if Lawless learned something about himself while writing the book he said the following:

“In the preface of the book, I write that this has been a process of discovery — both good and bad. I would say, after it’s all said and done, that it’s been far, far more good than bad, because what it’s done for me, it’s been like writing a script to a movie. And again, like I said, there’s a lot of stuff you forget about. But also at the same time, what it does is it helps you connect the dots of your own life, of maybe things that you didn’t really think about were connected, and you go back and you look at it and you go, ‘This is as plain as the nose on my face. Why couldn’t I have seen this before?’ And there’s been a number of incidences like that — just things that are personal that might not be something that you could share with anybody else, because it wouldn’t make sense to them. But then again there may be things that are. So I’m hoping that when people read this, they’ll see a lot of themselves in it.”

As for whether fans can expect to see Blackie’s book and a new W.A.S.P. album released simultaneously, Lawless said:

“That was the plan to begin with, but the book is taking way much longer than I thought. We were talking about doing records and trying to get ’em right. Well, it’s the same with this — I’m gonna do it once, and I want it to be right.”

You can listen to the interview fully below: