Chris Holmes: “I’m overlooked, sure. When I was in W.A.S.P., I was never allowed to do any interviews with guitar magazines. Blackie Lawless wouldn’t let me”

Chris Holmes
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Among the many memorable (and in some cases, unintentionally hilarious) depictions of rock ’n’ roll hedonism featured in Penelope Spheeris’ 1988 documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, one scene in particular became something of an instant classic. 

It’s a night time sequence in which an extremely inebriated Chris Holmes, then the wild and wooly lead guitarist for the notorious shock metal band W.A.S.P., lazes about in a chair float in a swimming pool and chugs freely from a bottle of vodka.

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