Chris Holmes Shares His One Regret About W.A.S.P.

In a recent sit-down with Guitar World, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes revealed the one thing he regretted the most from his tenure with the band. He gave details on the realities of his experience, the specifics of his regret and shared how it impacted his time within the band.

Holmes quit W.A.S.P. twice, which alluded to his up-and-down relationship with the band. As he reflected on his years with the band, he shared a regret that had more to do with the business side of music than with the creative process itself. The musician wasn’t aware of his publishing rights, nor did he want to be part of anything regarding the band by the end of it.

Chris Holmes’ words about his one regret about W.A.S.P. read:

“No. The only regret I have is that I wish I had known how the business works in terms of publishing. I was never told about any of that. When records were done, nobody said, ‘Chris, we have a meeting to split up the publishing.’

Randy didn’t write, [drummer] Tony [Richards] didn’t write, and so the only person they had to keep out of that was me. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I found out the stuff that was going on behind my back. That’s the way it is. I can’t change the past; I can only worry about the future.”

He added:

“Actually, the other regret I have is that I should have bitched about the second album. When Blackie said, ‘It’s gonna be me on the cover,’ I should have said, ‘Well, if it’s gonna be you, then I should leave.’ Because it’s not a band at that point – which it wasn’t. But I still stayed like an idiot and did whatever. I didn’t even want to play on the third album. I just went in and did my thing, and I was gone. We weren’t even friends at that point.”

It’s not just about making music and performing on stage; there were business considerations that Holmes didn’t understand fully, which led to regret. The guitarist’s reflection on his time with W.A.S.P. made him look to the future, but he was also more cautious moving forward with other ventures before forming his band Mean Man.