Motörhead Stung By W.A.S.P.?

June 30 [12:00 EDT] -- Motörhead has canceled their cross-country jaunt with W.A.S.P., and while some sources say it was due to poor ticket sales, most say it was poor relations. The two bands were not getting along.

"I apologize for the f**king sh** W.A.S.P. just pulled," said Motörhead's Lemmy on stage a week ago Saturday night (June 21) at Bogart's in Cincinnati. That sentiment was echoed by the venue - the show had started two hours late and the blame was put squarely on W.A.S.P. "Everybody got really drunk and decided they were still superstars and that they would hold up the whole thing," explains a club employee.

The tour began June 8 in Connecticut. W.A.S.P. and Motörhead were co-headlining but due to the nature of W.A.S.P.'s elaborate stage set up, not to mention the mess they leave after a (faked) live pig sacrifice and a mass release of feathers among other gimmicks, W.A.S.P. performed last.

Motörhead's stature was balanced by a

longer set and an encore. The Impotent Sea Snakes were the tour openers. Ticket sales for most markets had not been strong.

Sources say the tour almost didn't make it past New York's Irving Plaza - Motörhead at that time threatened to go home, but they soldiered on.

Cincinnati appears to have been the final straw. Promoters across the country were called with the cancellation news following that performance.

The three bands finished off a few more shows then folded their tents following final performances at the Vic in Chicago Thursday night. Motörhead flew home. W.A.S.P. are continuing to tour on their own - the agents have been offering promoters a revised deal with just W.A.S.P. but the majority haven't been biting. The tour had been scheduled to wrap up in mid-July.

MTV News was unable to contact Motörhead and calls to W.A.S.P.'s publicist were not returned. However, a source close to W.A.S.P. said that Motorhead pulled out because they

were losing money.