In a recent interview on Sirius XM radio station, Blackie Lawless talked to Eddie Trunk about the possibility to play “Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)” live again. Remember that the re-born Christian Blackie decided to never ever play the song again.
But, with the European and American tour for the band’s 40th anniversary he seems like he’s having second thoughts: “I don’t know [if we will play it]. There’s a part of me that says it’s already out there. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Do I owe it to the fanbase to really make this a true retrospect of what we’ve done. If I had to give you an answer right now, I would say I’m leaning in the direction of doing it.”
Blackie talked about his decision to drop the song in the first place: “Two reasons. Number one, my religious convictions. Because of my Christian faith, I thought, ‘Well, this is not really something that I wanna say.’ But also, there was another reason as well. We were doing more serious material. Do you really want that conflict of messaging going on at the same time. So there was a two-fold reason for it.
“We haven’t played that song in quite some time; it’s probably going on 15 years now,” he continued. “But however long it’s been, I think I made my point. So we’re in the process of… We’re discussing it; let’s put it that way.”