Fan-filmed video footage of former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes’s January 4 performance at Harry B. James in Stockholm, Sweden can be seen below.
Holmes’s latest album, “Shitting Bricks”, was released last year via M & O Music.
In an interview with Noisey, Holmes talked about his decision to move to France in 2014. He said: “My wife is from France. But since I left W.A.S.P. I dangled around in L.A., trying to find musicians to play with, but it just didn’t work out. The change of culture in the last ten years… My kind of music isn’t played that much — not like it was in the ’80s.”
He continued: “About two years ago, I pulled into a 7-11, and this kid got out of his car. He wasn’t listening to rock. When I was his age, that’s all I listened to. That made me realize the kind of music I do here anymore… [He was listening to] hip-hop. And I just don’t play that kind of music.”
Holmes added: “I was talking to one of my friend’s kids — he’s in high school — and I asked him, ‘Why don’t you listen to rock, like DEEP PURPLE or something?’ And he said, ‘Man, that’s pussy music.’ This is a white kid. So I thought, if people don’t listen to this kind of music anymore, why should I even be here? I’m in my 50s, but I want to still keep on going, kind of. So I talked to my wife and we decided to move. They listen to rock more over here. There’s lots more concerts and stuff.”
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes returned to W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.
Holmes in 2013 released a solo album called “Nothing To Lose”. Chris composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor to perform on and engineer the effort.