Former WASP guitarist CHRIS HOLMES lost 40 pounds while undergoing radiation therapy in his battle with cancer
Ancient WASP guitarist Chris Holmes recently completed seven weeks of radiation therapy in his battle with throat and neck cancer. Earlier today (Tuesday, June 14), the 63-year-old musician shared a video update on his health, saying, “I finished my last radiotherapy at the end of April — I had seven weeks if that… My health, as it’s June right now, I can walk around the block, I don’t have much energy, I lost a lot of weight – I lost probably 40, 35 pounds – I’m not really sure I can’t eat, because everything still tastes like crap – it burned all my taste buds, I still have a sore throat.
“I’m getting better and better,” he continued. “When I plan to tour [again] in September, I don’t know if I’ll be 100 percent; I may be eighty years old, but I’m still going to go out and tour, because I haven’t played for a long time. I will try my best. I’ll play 100 percent — I’ll put 100 percent into my game. I’m just talking about entertainment. It depends on whether I’m eating enough or not.”
Holmes joined WASP in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, the guitarist returned WASP and remained with the band until 2001. Chris did not play with WASP since.
Last year, Holmes Told SiriusXMit is “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” this WASP was “one band, one band” on the debut LP. “And after that, the second album, it wasn’t a band, it was a one-man show,” he said. “And it’s been a one-man show ever since. That’s how it is. Look at the records. That’s how it is in this band.
“WASP I never played gigs before I was in the band, so where does a band start – when they record or when they do their first gig?” he continued. “I arrived before the first gig , and it was ‘one for all, all for one.’ But then when the money came in and fame, people changed – they change really badly. And I never changed. I don’t change. I didn’t change my way of thinking, my way of being. I will not change. I am what I am.
“During the [making of the] second [album]I was told that the manager wanted to use Blackit is [Lawless, W.A.S.P. frontman] image [on the cover]what the director didn’t tell me — Black told me that.”
According Chrishim, guitarist Randy Piperdrummer Tony Richard and Black were all part of WASP initial management contract, but Black was the only one to have signed with the label. “Everyone thinks we [all] signed to the label, but it wasn’t [like that]”, Holmes Told “Tron-Nation”.
“I never heard of the company until about 10 years ago,” he explained. “How do you find out about the company? You have to be there with the manager and all that, so I was always kept out of that… I trusted somebody, and [I found out later that he was] stick a knife in my back. I only discovered it in 2010 or 2011.
“Once [W.A.S.P.] became [all about] a person, [my attitude was] ‘Hey, I’ll just do my thing, and leave it alone. I’ll play my guitar.'”
Despite the fact that he only got songwriting credit on a few songs from each of the first four WASP recordings, Holmes was adamant that his contribution was essential to the band’s overall sound.
“If I had stopped after the first album, the way I play guitar, the way I play is really important to writing these songs,” he said. “Tron-Nation”.
“If I hadn’t joined in the beginning, it would never have worked. Black told me that the first day, when he came and told me about playing in WASP He says: ‘I have this group. It won’t work unless you’re into it. He said it to my face.”
In October 2020, Chris says he would never consider going back WASP unless Without faith or law agreed to pay him the publishing royalties he owed him. He said in Canada The voice of metal“A lot of people think I made money with WASP I never touched my royalties, nor even my compositions. Everything I’ve written, I’ve never been paid a penny. And you know whose fault it is? It’s my fault if I don’t know the company, how it is. I trusted someone.
“After each album, when the album is done, how they split the publishing with the publishing deals, the publishing houses – that’s where the money comes from,” he continued. . “I was never told when this meeting took place. Because the other guys in the band never wrote – I was the only one [other than Blackie]. So I’m the only one they have to screw up to get the whole post. So they never told me. Then when I dug into it around 2006 or I went in Sanctuary Music, brought in a lawyer to find out where all my posts are, and I was listed as a session player in all records. And if you don’t know, and you aren’t told, and you don’t see, you don’t know. So I trusted lawless blackie about that. And when I found out, it really hurt me. It hurts me – it makes me see that he was sticking a knife in my back from day one, from the first album, and he didn’t tell me, and he was my best friend.”
Last February, Without faith or law beaten down Holmesthe claim that the guitarist was “screwed” to receive royalties on the WASP albums he played on. Without faith or law discussed Holmeshis tenure with WASP in an interview with “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk”. Please respond to Holmesthe affirmation of in Christhe recently released documentary “Mean Man: The Chris Holmes Story” that he was financially exploited during his time in the band, Without faith or law said, “I don’t really know much about…I spoke to [former W.A.S.P. guitarist] Randy Piper Few years ago. I don’t really know what’s going on with the rest of the guys. And I don’t know exactly what you’re talking about Chris not to be paid.
“Chris, at two different points in his musical career, received settlements from this group; he signed documents as such, ” Black Explain. “And he was paid pretty well.
“I didn’t see what you’re talking about. The answer I’m giving you now is based on what you just told me.”
The WASP the leader went on to confirm that he had not seen Chris‘s documentary and was again asked about Holmes‘s claims there’s money and songwriting credits he didn’t receive that are owed to him. Without faith or law just say, “That’s not true.”
At a press conference in November 2017 in Moscow, Russia, Without faith or law he was asked what he would say to those WASP fans who continue to call for the band to reunite Holmes. He replied, “People get divorced for certain reasons, and there are times when the kids want the parents to get back together, but sometimes that never happens. And that’s one of those [times]. Sorry.”
We apologize for leaving you so long without any updates. There is no excuse after all the love you all share with us and with Chris. But people who have had to deal with cancer within their families, know the ups and downs of every day, it is not always easy to come out of the shell of the disease and talk about it, even if we all love you .
Chris decided tonight in addition to a simple post to make a video for all of you, to thank you for all your support by messages as well as financially with the gofundme page, it helped us a lot. I don’t know if you can imagine how words and a smile can nourish hearts and give strength.
In the video, you’ll notice Chris spitting. This is due to his salivary glands producing extra saliva to counter the burn after the radiation. The nutritionist said today that could happen over the next few months.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all who during this difficult journey keep their hands in ours.
Chris and Cathy Sarah Holmes
posted by Chris Holmes and the Wicked Men Tuesday, June 14, 2022