Chris Holmes 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.
In 2010, he joined Where Angels Suffer with Randy Piper (W.A.S.P.) 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.).
Chris Holmes joined W.A.S.P in 1983, 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.
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, Chris 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.
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. Chris and his current wife, Catherine Sarah Holmes, currently reside near Los Angeles, CA.