Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes recalls what happened when Blackie Lawless threw raw meat into the back of his amp

Blackie Lawless (left) and Chris Holmes
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

The most revered guitarists are often heralded not only for their sublime chops, but also for their on-stage eccentricities. Angus Young’s duck walk and striptease, for example, or Pete Townshend's electric guitar smashing antics immediately spring to mind.

A far more grotesque example of crowd participation, though, can be found in the case of W.A.S.P.’s Blackie Lawless, who – among many other things – became partial to chucking chunks of raw meat out into the audience.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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