On December 1, “Tales From The Stage Volume 1” author Michael Toney (web site) conducted an interview with acclaimed former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes. Holmes discussed his new solo CD, “Nothing To Lose”, which he released independently, exclaiming “It’s not going to be on Capitol Records!” and flipping the camera the bird. He then addresses his new, and somewhat controversial, video for the song “They All Lie And Cheat”. “It came out better than I hoped it would,” he said. “I wanted it to be real bad.” He went on to discuss the timeline for a potential tour in support of the CD. You can now watch the chat below.
“Nothing To Lose” is now available through Artisthead Music. Holmes composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor to perform on and engineer the CD.
“Nothing To Lose” track listing:
01. Nothing To Lose
03. They All Lie And Cheat
04. All Fucked Up
05. Jazz Song
06. Way To Be
07. Down In The Hole
09. Mormon Moron
10. A-Flat Minor
The “They All Lie And Cheat” video can be seen below.
Holmes, who spent 12 years with W.A.S.P., said in a 2011 interview with Marshall Of Rock that he felt both he and the other members of the band deserved to be pictured on the record covers of albums they all worked on. He said: “Blackie [Lawless, W.A.S.P. mainman] wants to be Elvis Presley, he wants to be the only guy. Let’s put it this way: he has an ego. He does really shitty things to everybody in the band. The only reason why he kept me that long is to get more ticket sales. You wanna get some really shitty? The money you make off the records is called publishing, and he made me sign my contract in the way that this goes back into the band, so I never saw any of the publishing. I was young, and I said, ‘Is this the right thing for me to do?’ He said, ‘Yeah,’ and he knew exactly where it was gonna go. That’s why I had really bad issues with the guy. Even today — I’d never play with the guy again, I’d rather be dead. He’s only out for himself, he’s not out for the whole band. If he was a nice guy, would he keep a few bandmembers? He’s always changing band members.”
Holmes also expressed doubts about Lawless‘ Christian beliefs, telling Marshall Of Rock, “I’ll tell you what kind of person he is – he’s full of shit! If being a Christian can make money, that’s what he’s doing. It’s all about making money and nothing else. When I got off the road, I had to work a job, because he wouldn’t give me any money, and I gotta pay the rent, right? He wouldn’t pay me, he wouldn’t pay the roadies, he wants all the money. That’s why I had to do construction, concrete stuff. They say, ‘Sell your soul, play rock’n’roll’, and that’s what I did. I never left, Blackie forced me out. He didn’t want me in the band anymore because I got more attention than he did, he always put me down. Remember when I married Lita Ford, the singer from RUNAWAYS, and he made sure I couldn’t go to the American Music Awards when she was nominated for ‘Vocalist Of The Year.’ I hated him ever since that. And the last thing I ever said to him in the rehearsal room was, ‘Why the fuck would you do that to somebody?’ He got up and as he was walking out of the rehearsal room, he mumbled to me, ‘I was jealous’. That’s the reason why I hate him today.”
“They All Lie And Cheat” video: