• Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

10/04/2018- The Lord of Lard, PIG a/k/a Raymond Watts Brings His Brand Of Salvation to Beauty Bar

You cannot be a fan of Industrial music and not have heard Raymond Watts aka PIG, aka Nainz (Nains) Watts, aka “The Lord of Lard, the Mighty Swine” at some point.

Even if you only know him as PIG, his work with such artists as Einstürzende Neubauten, Mona Mur, Schwein, Foetus, Psychic TV, Schaft, Chemlab, Prong, Tweaker and most notably, those “Ultra Heavy Beat” masters themselves, KMFDM is equally amazing.

PIG has recently been crisscrossing the States on the Hell To Pay In The USA Tour which FINALLY made a stop (after a lot of whining by a good many fans, fully admit myself included…) here in Las Vegas and what an absolute treat it was seeing the legendary PIG back on stage in all his glory!  The last time I had seen Raymond perform live was at The House of Blues with KMFDM on the Sturm and Drang tour some 15 years ago,  so I was truly looking forward to seeing his solo show.  I, along with those in the audience that evening, was NOT disappointed either!

While the crowd was on the smaller side, they knew every word to every song. It was a mixed crowd of older and younger PIG fans who were in awe of the performance taking place before him.

Watts performed with a band consisting of a guitarist and drummer, who both held their own on stage and had as much personality as Watts himself. The synth and keyboards were tracked, but you really didn’t have time to notice. All eyes were on Watts, who was clad in leather pants, a studded cod piece, and silver fringed jacket, which swayed as he moved. Under the jacket, a priest’s collar. Honestly, would you expect any less?

 

 

The set seemed to go by extremely quickly, but time flies when you are having fun. Watts and his band performed 13 songs in all, including KMFDM’s “Juke Joint Jezebel” and KMFDM vs. PIG’s “Secret Skin”, which was a definite joy for the crowd ( I fully admit tho I wish he would have done Black Ball from WW III! ) .

We hope that we will get another chance to see PIG again soon, because 15 years is too damn long.  What do ya say Raymond?  We can sleaze it twice next year out here in Sin City!

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: All photos ©Stephy Hayward – ZRockR Magazine

By Sylvia Lee

Editor/ Staff Writer and Co-Founder of ZRock'R Magazine. Sylvia has worked in and around music since she was 16, though it has always been a part of her life. In radio ( her last radio job was in the mid-90's at KKLZ before departing for other pursuits) , as part of various tour support/production crews, in promotion of both bands and even clubs (recipient of the Climax/Plan C Entertainment Blackberry Award in 2007 for her work as production manager of the Las Vegas MC Jin show ) and in rock journalism with a music column in the late 80′s called MusicLine in the Independent News in central Illinois. Sylvia has also has written articles and reviews for SCOPE, The Reader, Las Vegas Music Scene Magazine, Vegas SoundZ (she was PR director for LVMS where she helped push a little known and upcoming at the time Vegas photographer then known as Shane O'Neil Dobbs ( he later dropped the Dobbs), landing him his first concert shoot for a publication with Nine Inch Nails at the Thomas and Mack in '95) and she also did PR for Vegas SoundZ when they were in print). She also was a contributor to LA’s FIX Magazine. Sylvia credits her love of rock journalism and working in and around it to the person she calls the “First Lady of Rock n Roll Journalists” The legendary Jaan Uhelszki who co-founded influential music publication CREEM Magazine, but also gives a nod to the women who were also involved in the early days like Lisa Robinson and photographer Lynn Goldsmith. Sylvia's eye for talent and ear for great music have never failed her. Ever sarcastic with a love for Metal, Grunge, Punk, and Industrial Music; the occasional glass of fine wine; enjoying some classic movies (the original Universal horror films are a favorite) or binging episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Good Omens or all 4 seasons of Stranger Things - she is the fearless leader of this bunch of talented lunatics.

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