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Watch W.A.S.P. perform 'Animal (F**k Like a Beast)' for first time in more than 15 years at 40th anniversary U.S. tour kickoff

The band launched the highly-anticipated outing at the House of Blues in Las Vegas

W.A.S.P. kicked off their much-anticipated 40th anniversary U.S. tour last night (October 28) at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, and after much speculation about whether or not Blackie Lawless would ever play the song again, they opened their second encore with their classic track, "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)".

This marked the first time the band performed the controversial song onstage since 2006.

You can check out fan-filmed footage above.

W.A.S.P. have teamed up with Metal Edge for a one-of-a-kind contest where you can win tickets to any date on the outing, along with a signed guitar from Blackie's personal collection and a meet-and-greet with the singer himself. Enter to win here

Lawless recently spoke to Metal Edge about the 40th anniversary tour. Asked what he hoped would be running through fans' minds when they leave the venue after the show, he responded:

"That's an interesting question you asked, because in the beginning, what we wanted, we had a very specific goal in mind. We wanted people to walk out of the venues in a way unlike anything they had seen before. Because when people walk out of a rock show, normally they're upbeat, they're loud, their spirits are high. They've just seen a great show. They're really happy.That's not what we wanted. When people walked out, we wanted you to be able to hear a pin drop. Because we wanted people to be running the tape back in their heads, asking themselves, “What the hell did I just see?

"Because I remember the first time I saw Apocalypse Now, when I left the theater, it was like that. Same thing when I saw Road Warrior for the first time. We patterned our early show after that movie. I remember the psychological effect that it had on me. And I thought, you know, if we could capture that with a stage presentation, that would be a unique experience for people.

"I'm giving you a long-protracted preface here to say I'm not really sure what it's going to be this time. We have time on our side now because the songs have been romanticized in people's heads for a long time. That’s a distinct advantage that you have when you're a band that's been doing it a while. You have that material on your side.

"But then also can be a double-edged sword. And I'm gonna get off subject for just a second, but any band that's been doing it for a long time, when they do a new album, that new album always becomes your opening act. Because the same way an opening act is judged against the headliner, a headliner has the same problem because his new stuff is now being compared to the old stuff. And that's not a fair comparison. So if you want that new stuff to stand up against the old stuff, it usually has to be better than the old stuff, just to survive, to be given a chance to be considered into the catalog.

"We all do it, all of us do it. I do it, everybody does it. Everybody says, “Oh, when's the new stuff coming out?” They say that. But they want to hold on to the familiarity of what they know. And it's natural. It's just the way we are. So you understand the quandary of what I'm talking about here.

"So going back to your question, how's it going to be viewed … Well, when we get done we’ll know, won’t we? Because, like I said, I understand we have things working with us. I don't know if there's things that are going to be working against us, in the sense of it being like a new record. I really don't know.

"I do know this: The only way any band is able to survive a long period of time is you’ve gotta be true to yourself, and you’ve got to do what you believe is real. Now what we're doing with the show, in the way we're doing it and the way we're trying to put these four decades together, I believe is the truest way of doing it that we can. And I feel really good about it. And again, I’ve got pretty general tastes when it comes to this, and so if I like it there's probably a fair chance that most of the people are gonna like it, too. So I think it's going to work. I certainly hope so. I mean, I'm betting the ranch on it, let's put it that way.