Dimitri de Larocque of “Tête-À-Tête” last month conducted an interview with former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On being in Paris shortly after last month’s terrorist attacks:
“Screw the terrorists. I don’t care what… It’s shitty what they did last week, but it doesn’t bother me. I like the city. The city is a beautiful city. I never got to go around on the subway and stuff, but this time I did. I like the city. It’s beautiful.”
On whether he’s afraid of terrorists:
“No. No. No. What are they gonna…? I’m not gonna let them disupt my life or whatever.”
On whether heavy metal is a job or a way of life for him:
“It’s a way of life, for sure. It’s the way you live. It’s a way of life.”
On whether he would say he has chosen the music or that it is the music which has chosen him:
“I guess when I was a kid, it’s the music that chose me. Definitely, it’s the music that chose me when I was a kid.”
On why he left the United States of America and move to France:
“It’s because the culture’s changed. The kids, they don’t listen to rock anymore; they listen to hip-hop. They listen to black culture… rap. All the white kids listen to rap there now… most of them. And I play hard rock, and so if they don’t listen to it or buy it, why even stay there? That’s why I decided to come over here. ‘Cause the culture hasn’t changed over here.”
On his relationship with God:
“Well, I used to pray all the time, and then my prayers weren’t answered, so I got tired of praying. So I guess my relationship with God isn’t that good anymore. But I don’t believe in the Devil either. I’m a skeptic. You know what a skeptic is? A skeptic is… I’ve gotta touch it. Like, this is a table [and I can touch it], you know? I can’t touch God, so I don’t believe in him. He never answered my prayers, so…”
Holmes’s latest album, “Shitting Bricks”, was released earlier in the year via M & O Music.
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.