W.A.S.P. Drops Off Metal Mania

W.A.S.P. has pulled out of their scheduled road trip with Iron Maiden and Dio citing their need to continue working on their new album. The band was due to start the "Metal Mania" tour June 26 in Chicago, and was booked up until August 2 in New Jersey.

W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless said in a statement that the band had not finished the record as early as expected, and that to abandon it and come back to the project later would disturb the creative process. The album is expected out before the year's end at this point, and it would have been delayed until 1999 had they taken the time to tour. Lawless apologized to Steve Harris and the rest of Iron Maiden.

A spokesperson told MTV News that both Iron Maiden and Dio would play longer sets to make up for the loss. Also on the bill is Dirty Deeds, the first band signed to Harris' Beast Records. Dio is not on all the dates, however. They drop off the schedule after July 29.