CHRIS HOLMES lost 40 pounds during radiation therapy
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes recently completed seven weeks of radiation therapy in his battle with cancer in throat and neck. Yesterday (Tuesday, June 14),the 63-year-old musician shared a video update on his health, saying in part: “I finished the last radiation at the end of April — went through seven weeks if it… My health, as it is right now in June, I can walk around the block. I don’t have very much energy. I’ve lost a lot of weight — I’ve probably lost 40, 35 pounds — I’m not exactly sure. I can’t eat, ‘cause everything still tastes like crap — it burnt all my taste buds; my throat still hurts.
“I’m slowly getting better and better,” he continued. “When I plan on touring again in September, I don’t know if I’ll be at a hundred percent; I might be at eighty, but I’m still gonna go out and tour anyway, ‘cause I haven’t played for a long time. I’m gonna try my best. I’ll play at a hundred percent — I’ll put a hundred percent into my playing. I’m just talking about entertaining. It depends on if I’m eating full then or not.”
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, the guitarist returned to W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Chris has not played with W.A.S.P. since.
Last year, Holmes told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” that W.A.S.P. was “a group, a band” on the first LP. “And after that, the second album, it wasn’t a group — it was a one-man show,” he said. “And it’s been a one-man show after that ever since. It’s the way it is. Look at the records. It’s the way it is in that band.
According to Chris, he, guitarist Randy Piper, drummer Tony Richards and Blackie were all part of W.A.S.P. initial management contract, but Blackie was the only one signed to the record label. “Everybody thinks we all signed to the label, but it wasn’t like that,” Holmes told “Trunk Nation”.
“I never learned about the business till about 10 years ago,” he explained. “How do you learn about the business? You’ve gotta be in there with the manager and all that stuff, so I was always kept from that… I put my trust into somebody, and I found out later that he was sticking a knife in my back. I didn’t find that out until 2010 or ’11.
Despite the fact that he only got songwriting credit on a couple of the songs on each of the first four W.A.S.P. records, Holmes was adamant that his input was essential to the band’s overall sound.
“If I would have quit after the first album, the way I play guitar, the way I play is really important to writing those songs,” he told “Trunk Nation”.
In October 2020, Chris said that he would never consider returning to W.A.S.P. unless Lawless agreed to pay him the publishing royalties that he allegedly owes him. He told Canada’s The Metal Voice: “A lot of people think I made money from W.A.S.P. I’ve never gotten my royalties, or even my songwriting. All the stuff that I wrote, I’ve never gotten paid one penny. And you know whose fault it is? It’s my my fault for not knowing the business, how it is. I trusted somebody.
“After every album, when the album is done, how they split up the publishing with the publishing contracts, the publishing companies — that’s where the money comes from,” he continued. “I was never told about when that meeting was. Because the other guys in the band never wrote — I was the only one other than Blackie. So I’m the only one that they have to screw over to get all the publishing. So I was never told. Then when I dug into it in about 2006 or 2007, I went into Sanctuary Music, had a lawyer go in to find out where all my publishing is, and I was written in as a session player into all the records. And if you don’t know about it, and you’re not told, and you don’t see, you don’t know. So I trusted Blackie Lawless about that. And when I found out, it really kind of yanked me wrong. It yanks me wrong — it makes me see he was sticking a knife in my back from the first day, from the first album, and not telling me, and being my best friend.”
“Chris, at two different points in his musical career, received settlements from this band; he signed documents as such,” Blackie explained. “And he was paid quite well.
“I haven’t seen what you’re talking about. The answer I’m giving you right now is based on what you just said to me.”
During a November 2017 press conference in Moscow, Russia, Lawless was asked what he would say to those W.A.S.P. fans who continue to call for the band to reunite with Holmes. He responded: “People get divorced for certain reasons, and there’s times when the kids want the parents to get back together, but sometimes it never happens. And this is one of those times. Sorry.”