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Christopher John "Chris" Holmes


1983-1990 W.A.S.P. - guitars (as Chris Holmes)  
1995-2001 W.A.S.P. - guitars (as Chris Holmes)  
2010- Where Angels Suffer - guitars  
2012- Chris Holmes - guitars, vocals (as Chris Holmes)  

Guest musician

2013 Stonebreed - guitars  
2017 Wolfpakk - guitars (as Chris Holmes)  
2021 Me And That Man - guitars (as Chris Holmes)  
2021 Stephan Georg - guitars (as Chris Holmes)  

Personal information

Also known as: Chewie
Born on: 23.06.1958

Chris Holmes (full name Christopher John Holmes) is a musician who was born June 23, 1958 in Glendale, California and grew up in La Canada, California. He was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). Together with Blackie Lawless he was one the founding members of the heavy metal band W.A.S.P.

Chris Holmes is a guitarist who is among the break-out crop of rock musicians from the Pasadena area in the late 70's and early 80's. He played in the bands Buster Savage, LAX, and Slave before meeting Blackie Lawless and playing with Blackie in Sister. Out of Sister came W.A.S.P. Chris played in W.A.S.P. from 1983-1990 and again from 1996 until 2001. While still with the band Chris participated in the filming of the rock documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. In his infamous performance, he was interviewed drunk in his pool with his mother sitting on the side. He showered himself with two bottles of vodka. This "rockumentary" included interviews with members of Motörhead, Aerosmith, Poison, Kiss, Megadeth, London, Faster Pussycat and others discussing their lifestyle and the metal genre in the late 1980s.

Chris left W.A.S.P. after the Headless Children Tour (1989-90) and formed the band Psycho Squad. The song "Mean Man" from The Headless Children album was written by Blackie Lawless about Chris Holmes.

He was briefly married to Lita Ford from June 1990 to July 1991. Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. in 1996 and remained lead guitarist until 2001 when he decided to call it quits for good. He was briefly a touring guitarist for L.A. Guns, after they parted with Tracii Guns. In mid-2002, Chris was contacted by friend and former bandmate, Randy Piper to join Randy's band Animal. Chris relocated to Ohio to prepare for the upcoming Animal tour "900 lb Steam" Tour in 2003. The tour went off without a hitch and after the end of the tour, Animal decided to go back into the studio to record the next album with Chris. However, Chris had prior obligations back in L.A. and had to move back home to L.A.

Since Chris' return home in late 2003, he has worked with a number of bands producing and laying some guitar work. Currently 2008 has been a good year for keeping the MeanMan onstage while playing gigs with L.A.'s Big Ball Stars and having friend/webmaster Tim Meredyk create the Official Chris Holmes Myspace for Chris while still keeping up with the other Holmes sites. Chris was involved in the Randy Rhoads Documentary directed by Peter M. Margolis and expected to be released in the fall of 2009 on Dakota Films. Last month, March 2009, VH1 Classic had aired the Roc Docs. episode, "Do It For The Band: The Women Of The Sunset Strip" in which Chris was also involved in.