W.A.S.P. formed in 1982 and emerged with the L.A. scene that featured Motley Crue, Ratt and Quiet Riot.
The band's popularity peaked in the 1980s and yet it continues to record and tour, making it one of the most enduring of the West Coast heavy metal bands. W.A.S.P. gained notoriety for its shock rock themed image, lyrics and live performances.