Guitarist Chris Holmes claims that he never received any publishing or record royalties from W.A.S.P.
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes was recently interviewed by Duke TV to promote his new upcoming EP Under The Influence that will be released in December 2018.
Holmes was in W.A.S.P. from 1983 to 1990 and again from 1996 to 2001. He played on arguably some of W.A.S.P.‘s best studio albums consisting of W.A.S.P. (1984), The Last Command (1985), Inside The Electric Circus (1986), The Headless Children (1989), K.F.D. (1997), Helldorado (1999) and Unholy Terror (2001).
During his interview with Duke TV, Holmes spoke about his earnings from W.A.S.P. when he stated: “It really yanks me wrong. I’ve never got any of my publishing from W.A.S.P.… I’ve never got, I’ve never got paid one record royalty. Umm, but you can see it’s ’cause of me. I didn’t know the business and the way it goes. And so no, I am not proud for being from that era. I’m not. I don’t. I should say that I am but I’m not. You know? What I do now is not a lie. Nothing of it is a lie. Nothing is fake. I don’t make up anything. And I don’t care. If it does what it does, that’s fine. But that place is real. It’s real stuff from the heart.”
You can listen to and view the interview with Chris Holmes by Duke TV below:
Sous-titres en français disponibles. Chris Holmes – Cannes, France – October 15. 2018 0:31 – New EP “Under the Influence” 1:31 – More experienced with singing and lyrics 2:27 – Signature guitar sound 2:56 – Four years since leaving the USA 4:16 – End of classic rock bands 5:58 – Music leader in the 80s 6:58 – Heaven or Hell?