David Lee Roth’s Disease Has Spread To Blackie Lawless, Chris Holmes Says

Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes recently sat down with Metal Edge and discussed his career with W.A.S.P. and the ‘disease’ that has affected frontmen like David Lee Roth and Blackie Lawless. The guitarist initially talked about the credit which isn’t given to him:

“The only thing that really bothers me about the whole Blackie situation is that he gets all the credit for what he’s doing. But that’s all right; I’m done worrying about it, and I’ve gotten over it. Unlike some people, I can still walk on my own, and I stand up on my own two feet. I can still play, and I’ve got a smile on my face. And I enjoy that more than getting any money out of the past. I enjoy playing in front of people and watching the smiles on their faces. That makes me happy.”

Holmes seems like he’s found what works for him to keep his peace. Although, there is still something that bothered him:

“But even when it comes to the sound of W.A.S.P., there are many things that I fought tooth and nail for. Blackie would want me to play a certain way, or he’d want to change something when I came down to play, and I’d say, ‘Hey, if that’s what you want, I quit. I won’t do it that way. I’m leaving.’ And I had to do that a few times, saying to him, ‘If I can’t play guitar the way I want, then I’m not playing at all. Go get someone else.’ And I’ll tell you this — Blackie hated the way I played. He just hated it.”

According to the guitarist, there was always tension between the duo, even though Blackie was one of the few singers Holmes could work with because of his height. He explained:

The big problem I have is my height. I’m 6′ 6″, so nobody wants to stand next to me on stage. Most singers don’t want the guy playing guitar to stand taller than them onstage, especially if any ego is involved. It worked in W.A.S.P. with Blackie [Lawless] because he’s 6′ 5″, so we made it work to an extent while on stage. But, man, L.S.D. is a real thing. Do you know what that is?”

Chris sounded pretty confident when saying that Blackie Lawless has the same disease Eddie Van Halen believed David Lee Roth had; the Lead Singer Disease. As the Metal Edge reporter had already heard of it, the guitarist continued:

“Ah, so you know all about it [laughs]. Most singers have huge egos and don’t want to be standing next to Andre the Giant or Hulk Hogan, you know? I mean… it never bothered me, but a lot of guys are uncomfortable with that. The way I see it is it’s entertaining and makes for a cool show. But, man, after my time in W.A.S.P., Lead Singer Disease is a gnarly thing to work with. It’s not fun.”

You can reach the full interview by clicking here.