Watch Ex-WASP Guitarist CHRIS HOLMES Perform in Toronto

Earlier WASP guitarist Chris Holmes took part in a signing and performance at the Rockpile in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday night (September 21).

Video from Holmes and his band performing a few songs including: WASP‘s “wild child”, “The Devil Made Me Do It” and a cover of Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ in the Free World”can be seen below.

Holmes, who recently completed seven weeks of radiation therapy in his battle with throat and neck cancer, discussed his illness in a new interview with France’s Duke TV. Looking back at how he was diagnosed, Holmes said, “In November ’21, my throat hurt really bad. I was taking throat lozenges and it just wouldn’t go away. [My wife] Sarah says, “We’re going to see a throat specialist,” and I did. And he [inserted] a camera in my nose and it goes down your throat. And he took it out and said something to my wife. And I go, ‘Was it a yeast infection?’ And he shook his head, “No.” And then he was talking to Sarah, and she looked a little bit at the ground, and I knew it was cancer. I go, ‘Oh, man.’

“A third of everyone on this planet gets cancer, they say, so it just happened to be me,” he noted. “And I drank and smoked all my life. I didn’t just smoke light cigarettes. I even asked the doctor if it could be from that. And he said he didn’t know. He said, ‘I couldn’t put a stamp on what it was It could be hereditary. It could be anything.'”

Chris went on to say he is trying to stay “positive” in his battle with the disease. “At least the cancer I had was treatable,” he said. “God forbid, a lot of people get cancer and they can’t treat it. At least mine was treatable.”

Holmes also spoke about his treatment, saying: “What happens is seven weeks of radiation – Monday through Friday. And if you do the radiation first, of treatment, they give you chemo, and then you should do chemo halfway through.” and then at the end my throat started to hurt I couldn’t drink water I was taking morphine I would get the treatment and I would just come home and just go to bed and [go] to sleep. And then Sarah, my wife, woke me up around dinner time and even tried to get me to drink something, and I couldn’t drink. And she almost cried because I was withering to nothing. They kept saying they would put a tube up my nose. And that scared me, to get that thing in my nose and throat, but once they put it in, it didn’t bother me. And I was fed by a probe for a while.

“I’m ready [treatment] in April, so it’s been four months, and I’m starting to feel a lot better,” he said. “I’m not 100 percent now. I get a lot of mucus in my throat, and it’s really thick and gross. So when I sleep at night it builds up and I wake up and I can’t get any air and I have to cough it up. And I have no taste. Everything I taste – I’m not going to say it tastes like shit, but everything I taste just doesn’t taste like it smells. I just had a banana, and it didn’t taste like a banana, but I ate the whole thing because I know I have to eat.”

Holmes joined WASP in 1982 and stayed with the group until 1990. In 1996 the guitarist returned to WASP and stayed with the band until 2001. Chris did not play with WASP ever since.

Earlier this month, Chris told Canada’s The Metal Voice he hasn’t heard of it WASP leader Blackie Lawless since his diagnosis. He said: “blackie could have helped pay for some of my treatment but [he didn’t]. But Nikki Sixx [MÖTLEY CRÜE] did. He gave me a lot of money. He was the first; he made over $500, and I love that man in front of it. Thank you, Nikki. That’s why I love him.”

He continued, “About the first month I was sick, [I got video messages of support from fellow musicians] and [I got one from JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford]. [In his message, he said]’Christhis is your metal god, Rob Halford.’ And it was pretty cool. To rob talked a bit there. And then the guitarist who took [Glenn] tipton‘s performance [Richie Faulkner] thanked me. A lot of… tons of people did that. But none of WASP did. It’s a little weird. No one. [Blackie] didn’t message me at all. I thought he would, but he didn’t. But that’s okay; I did not expect it. Glenn Hughes did. I met Glenn on the [BLACK] SABBATH tour [in 1986, when W.A.S.P. was the support act]. What’s sad is I haven’t been able to talk to him since he got fired [from SABBATH]. And we were good drinking buddies [on that tour]. He has a heart of gold.”

A few hours later Christhe diagnosis was made public in February, Lawless released a statement via WASP‘s social media in which he said: “The whole WASP family are all optimistic about a positive outcome with regard to the diagnosis for Chris. I wish him all the best of course.”

Last year, Holmes told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” That WASP was “a group, a band” on the first LP. “And after that, the second album, it wasn’t a group — it was a one-man show,” he said. “And it’s been a one-man show ever since. It’s the way it is. Look at the records. It’s the way it is in that band.”

According to Chrishe, guitarist Randy Piperdrummer Tony Richards and blackie were all part of WASP initial management contract, but blackie was the only one who had signed to the record label. “Everyone thinks we [all] signed to the label, but it wasn’t [like that]” Holmes told “Trunk Nation”.

Despite only getting songwriting credit on each of the first four songs WASP defeated, Holmes was adamant that his input was essential to the band’s overall sound.

“If I stopped after the first album, the way I play guitar, the way I play is really important for writing those songs,” he said. “Trunk Nation”.

“If I hadn’t participated in the beginning, it would never have happened. blackie told me that the first day, when he came and talked to me to play in… WASP He says, ‘I have this tape. It won’t work unless you’re in it.’ He told me right to my face.”

last February, Lawless shot Holmes‘s claim that the guitarist was “screwed” by receiving royalties on the WASP albums he played on. Lawless discussed Holmes‘s tenure with WASP in an interview with “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. Asked to respond to Holmes‘s claim in Chris‘s recently released documentary “Mean Man: The Story of Chris Holmes” that he was financially abused during his time in the band, Lawless said: “I don’t really know much about… I spoke to [former W.A.S.P. guitarist] Randy Piper a few years ago. I don’t know what’s going on with the rest of the guys. And I don’t know exactly what you’re talking about Chris about not being paid.

Chris, at two different points in his musical career, received settlements from this band; he signed documents as such,” blackie explained. And he was well paid.

‘I haven’t seen what you’re talking about. The answer I’m giving you now is based on what you just said to me.’

The WASP frontman went on to confirm he didn’t see it Chrisdocumentary and was again asked about Holmes‘s claim that there are money and songwriting credits that he has not been given. Lawless said simply, “That’s not true.”

At a November 2017 press conference in Moscow, Russia, Lawless was asked what he would say to them? WASP fans who keep calling on the band to reunite with Holmes. He replied, “People get divorced for certain reasons, and there are times when the kids want the parents to get back together, but sometimes it never happens. And this is one of those [times]. Sorry.”

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It was a great night yesterday in Toronto at the Rockpile (thanks Dominic too)
Thank you so much Steve Hoeg and Tim Henderson
And everyone who came. It was a precious gift to have you all
Tonight it’s Ottawa at the Brass monkey

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