Chris Holmes (musician)

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Chris Holmes
Birth nameChristopher John Holmes
Born(1958-06-23) June 23, 1958 (age 56)
Glendale, California, United States
GenresHeavy metal
OccupationsMusician
Songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Years active1978–present
Associated actsSister
W.A.S.P.
Psycho Squad
Animal
Big Ball Stars
L.A. Guns
Where Angels Suffer
STONEBREED
 
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Chris Holmes
Birth nameChristopher John Holmes
Born(1958-06-23) June 23, 1958 (age 56)
Glendale, California, United States
GenresHeavy metal
OccupationsMusician
Songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Years active1978–present
Associated actsSister
W.A.S.P.
Psycho Squad
Animal
Big Ball Stars
L.A. Guns
Where Angels Suffer
STONEBREED

Christopher John Holmes, born June 23, 1958 in Glendale, California, is a heavy metal guitarist and songwriter who grew up in La Canada, California. Holmes started his musical career in the Pasadena, California area in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is best known as the lead guitarist of heavy-metal band W.A.S.P. Together with Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper, he was one of the founding members of the band. Holmes was a member of W.A.S.P. first from 1982 to 1990, and again from 1996 to 2001.

Career[edit]

W.A.S.P.[edit]

Prior to meeting Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper, and joining W.A.S.P., Holmes played guitar with Los Angeles bands Buster Savage, LAX, and Slave. Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982, and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996 Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P., and remained lead guitarist until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.

Randy Piper’s Animal[edit]

Holmes was contacted by friend and former bandmate Randy Piper to join Piper's new project, Animal. Holmes quickly relocated to Ohio to prepare for Animal's upcoming "900 lb Steam" tour. The tour was considered successful, and after its conclusion, Animal recorded tracks for a new album.

After Animal[edit]

After Holmes returned to Los Angeles in late 2003, he began working with several Southern California-based metal groups, producing and contributing guitar tracks. In 2007, Holmes was involved with the filming of a Randy Rhoads documentary directed by Peter M. Margolis, which has yet to be released. Holmes appears briefly in a 2009 episode of VH1's Rock Docs, "Do It For The Band: The Women of Sunset Strip." In the Summer of 2009 Holmes released Secret Society's "Death by Misadventure."

Where Angels Suffer and solo career[edit]

In 2010, he joined Where Angels Suffer with Randy Piper on guitar, Steve Unger (Metal Church) on bass, Rich Lewis (Animal), on vocals, and Stet Howland on drums (Blackfoot, Lita Ford, Killing Machine, Belladonna, Impellitteri, Sister and W.A.S.P.). Ira Black has since replaced Piper. The band toured Europe for the first time in 2011.

On November 26, 2012, Chris released his first album solo Nothing to Lose and decided to produce, manage and distribute it himself along with his wife. After the success of his first Album, Chris started recording his second solo album, Shitting Bricks. The release date is yet to be confirmed.

"The Metal Years" Interview[edit]

While a member of W.A.S.P., Holmes participated in the filming of the documentary film, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. The film included interviews with many well known heavy metal personalities of the era discussing their lifestyle and the metal scene in late 1980s Los Angeles.

Holmes' contribution to the 1988 documentary is perhaps the most memorable, as he was interviewed while floating in a swimming pool, fully clothed and visibly quite intoxicated while his mother sat poolside. The interview stood out in stark contrast to the more light-hearted and humorous interviews conducted by director Penelope Spheeris, which mostly portrayed rockers as good-natured, though often dimwitted or deluded, party animals. During the interview, Holmes smiled drunkenly at the camera, deeming himself "a full-blown alcoholic" and "a piece of crap" despite his band's success, and punctuated his remarks by guzzling from three bottles of vodka. At the end of the interview, Holmes upends a full bottle of Smirnoff over his head as he rolls out of his inflatable chair and into the water.

Personal life[edit]

Chris Holmes has been married three times. First to Kaylen Rodgers in the late 1980s, then briefly to Lita Ford in the early 1990s. He is now married to his wife Catherine Sarah Holmes, whom he wed in 2012. Chris and his current wife, Catherine Sarah Holmes, currently reside in France in the city of Cannes.

Guitars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Van Halen News Desk | Van Halen, All Cut Up". Vhnd.com. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ 24 juli 2008. "Van Halen " All Cut Up "". YouTube. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 

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