Chris Holmes (musician)
Christopher John Holmes is an American heavy metal guitarist and songwriter. Holmes started his musical career in the Pasadena, California area in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he is best known as the lead guitarist of heavy-metal band W. A. S. P. Together with Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper, he was one of the founding members of the band. Holmes was a member of W. A. S. P. First from 1982 to 1990, again from 1996 to 2002. Prior to meeting Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper, joining W. A. S. P. Holmes played guitar with Los Angeles bands Buster Savage, LAX, Slave. Holmes joined W. A. S. P. in 1982, remained with the group until 1990. In 1996 Holmes rejoined W. A. S. P. and remained lead guitarist until 2001. Holmes has not played with W. A. S. P. Since. Holmes was contacted by friend and former bandmate Randy Piper to join Animal. Holmes relocated to Ohio to prepare for Animal's upcoming "900 lb Steam" tour; the tour was considered successful, after its conclusion, Animal recorded tracks for a new album. After Holmes returned to Los Angeles in late 2003, he began working with several Southern California-based metal groups and contributing guitar tracks.
In 2007, Holmes was involved with the filming of a Randy Rhoads documentary directed by Peter M. Margolis, which has yet to be released. Holmes appears in a 2009 episode of VH1's Rock Docs, "Do It For The Band: The Women of Sunset Strip." In the Summer of 2009 Holmes released Secret Society's "Death by Misadventure." In 2010, he joined Where Angels Suffer with Randy Piper on guitar, Steve Unger on bass, Rich Lewis, on vocals, Stet Howland on drums. Ira Black has since replaced Piper; the band toured Europe for the first time in 2011. On November 26, 2012, Chris released his first solo album Nothing to Lose and decided to produce and distribute it himself along with his wife Catherine Sarah Holmes. After the success of his first album, Chris started recording his second solo album, Shitting Bricks. On May 2, 2015, Chris Holmes released his second album worldwide and had his first concert in Nantes, France with his new band'Mean Man' which consists of Thomas Cesario Guitar, Pascal Bei Bass and Folkert Beukers on the drums.
Two of the songs were filmed live, uploaded to his YouTube channel. In September 2018, Chris recorded his newest EP "Under the Influence" at Replug studio, mixed by Raphael Gary and produced by Chris and Catherine Holmes, it was released on the 2nd December 2018 in Dublin. The album is scheduled to be released at the end of 2019 Since 2019 Chris has introduced new members to Mean Man. Taking lead on the original W. A. S. P material, Oliver Tindall, introduced to the band after sharing the bill with Chris in Welwyn Garden City with his own band The Wicked Jackals. Alongside Ollie and recruited from The Wicked Jackals, is his new bassist Lex Gifford. Tying the 4 piece together is Stephen Jackson, on drums whom Chris met 2 years prior with Alexa De Strange from Heart Break Remedy. While a member of W. A. S. P. Holmes participated in the filming of the documentary film, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years; the film included interviews with many well known heavy metal personalities of the era discussing their lifestyle and the metal scene in late 1980s Los Angeles.
Holmes' contribution to the 1988 documentary is the most memorable, as he was interviewed while floating in a swimming pool clothed and visibly quite intoxicated while his mother sat poolside. The interview stood out in stark contrast to the more light-hearted and humorous interviews conducted by director Penelope Spheeris, which portrayed rockers as good-natured, though dimwitted or deluded, party animals. During the interview, Holmes smiled drunkenly at the camera, deeming himself "a full-blown alcoholic" and "a piece of crap" despite his band's success, punctuated his remarks by guzzling from three bottles of vodka. At the end of the interview, Holmes upends a full bottle of Smirnoff over his head as he rolls out of his inflatable chair and into the water. Chris Holmes has been married three times, his first marriage was to Kaylen Rodgers in the late 1980s. He was wed to Lita Ford in the early 1990s, he is now married to Catherine Sarah Holmes, whom he wed in 2012. The couple resides in Cannes, France.
Jackson Custom Rhoads. Used in the movie "The Dungeonmaster." Returned after Chris was offered an endorsement from Jackson/Charvel. Jackson/Charvel Custom parts Star. Jackson Custom Star. Jackson Custom Rhoads. Jackson Custom Rhoads. Sold on eBay residing in Finland. Jackson Custom Star. Sold on eBay. Fender Stratocaster. Seen once on a TV Show. Jackson Custom Star. Smashed by Lita Ford. Jackson Flying V. Jackson Custom Kelly. Gibson Flying V. Ibanez Destroyer. Amfisound Custom. Ibanez Destroyer. In an interview, Holmes
Enuff Z'Nuff, is an American rock band from Blue Island, Illinois. Founded by singer Donnie Vie and bassist Chip Z'Nuff, this Chicago area band is best known for their charting singles "Fly High Michelle" and "New Thing". Enuff Z'Nuff has continually recorded and toured throughout their career of more than 30 years, releasing 14 studio albums and a total of 22 CDs to date, their songs have been recorded by several other musicians, some of which include Paul Gilbert, the Tuesdays, the Wildhearts, Nelson. The group has appeared on Howard Stern and David Letterman. In addition to their independent label releases, their music has been released on the major labels Atco Records and Arista Records. Enuff Z'Nuff formed in 1984 as "Enough Z'Nuff"; the band soon grew a live following and recorded their first demo songs, some of which would be released in their career. The band's first single, "Fingers On It," received some minor recognition when it was featured in the 1986 cult movie Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Band members during this period included drummer B. W. Boeski and guitarists Gino Martino and Alex Kane, the latter of which moved on to lead guitars for Life, Sex & Death and formed the band AntiProduct. By 1989, Enough Z'Nuff had revised their band name to "Enuff Z'Nuff" and released their first major label offering, a self-titled debut album on Atco Records. For this recording, founding members Donnie Vie and Chip Z'Nuff were joined by ex-Le Mans guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vik Foxx; the band had two charting hits with the psychedelic-flavored pop rock songs "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle," both of which received steady airplay on MTV. A few years the band's heavy glam rock appearance in the music videos would be parodied on Beavis & Butthead. Frontman Donnie Vie has expressed disappointment that the label marketed the group as a glam metal act during this period instead of as a power pop group, which he considered to be a better descriptor of their sound, suggested that the group would have retained their popularity had they been promoted as such.
For their follow-up album, 1991's Strength, the band consciously toned down their glam image. Strength was released in 1991 on Atco to strong reviews, including Rolling Stone magazine calling the group "The Hot Band of the Year." There were promotional videos for the singles "Mother's Eyes" and "Baby Loves You", as well as an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. However, this follow-up album did not sell nearly as well as their first; the band filed for bankruptcy and left Atco Records, but soon after was picked up by Clive Davis' Arista Records label for their 1993 album Animals with Human Intelligence. Soon before this album's release, drummer Vikki Foxx quit the band to join Vince Neil's solo band. Foxx would be airbrushed out despite performing on each track of the recording. Foxx was replaced by New Jersey resident and former War and Peace member Ricky Parent, who appeared for most of the album's promotional material; the band performed on Letterman again and shot a video for the single "Right by Your Side".
However this release, much like Strength, received some critical acclaim but disappointed commercially. A short time after Enuff Z'Nuff parted ways from Arista Records, guitarist Derek Frigo left the band, though he still recorded on occasion with them. Despite this setback, the band continued touring and recording, releasing albums on several indie labels and finding a solid fanbase overseas; some notable events include many appearances on The Howard Stern Show, local appearances on the Mancow's Morning Madhouse radio program, a 1998 performance on The Jenny Jones Show, a pair of features on VH1 about hair bands in 1999, attaining an opening slot for Poison's 2001 "Glam Slam Metal Jam" tour. Lead singer and songwriter Donnie Vie stopped touring with the group in 2002 out of frustration and to embark upon a solo career. Enuff Z'Nuff continued to tour in his absence as a "3-piece," with their lead guitarist Johnny Monaco serving as the band's lead singer. Despite not touring, Vie would still record with the band in future studio releases.
In 2004, former lead guitarist Derek Frigo died from an apparent drug overdose at the age of 37, soon after the band planned a Japanese tour with the original line-up. Another tragedy struck when the band's drummer Ricky Parent lost his long-time battle with cancer in October 2007. Parent had been with the band for 12 years. In 2006, original members Chip Z'Nuff and Donnie Vie reconvened to shoot a pilot for the VH1 reality television show, Bands on the Run; the show's pilot episode never aired. However, during that time the reunited band held their initial recording sessions for their 12th record. Several songs from these sessions resulted in their latest studio album of new material, which features former Ozzy Osbourne / Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee on guitar. With Vie rejoining the live shows in 2008, Dissonance was released in 2009 in Japan, with a U. K. release following in 2010. In support of the album, Enuff Z'Nuff toured both Japan and Europe, including the Download Festival in the U.
K. As of May 2013, Donnie Vie once again left the band. Johnny Monaco returned to Enuff Z'Nuff as the band's singer. There was more band member shuffling in May 2014 when guitarist Tory Stoffregen and drummer Randi Scott each left the band. Drummer Erik Donner joined on drums in June. In April 2016, Metal Sludge confirmed via an interview with Johnny Monaco that he is no longer in the band; the band is continuing with Chip Z'nuff as the lead singer, Tory Stoffregen back on lead guitar, Tony Fenelle on guitar and Daniel B. Hill o
Live: A Night on the Strip
Live: A Night on the Strip is a live recording by L. A. Guns which occurred October 7, 1999, at the Key Club on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. "Face Down" "Sex Actions "One More Reason" "Kiss My Love Goodbye" "Bitch Is Back" "Time" "Long Time Dead" "Over the Edge" "Never Enough" "Nothing Better to Do" "Guitar Solo" "Electric Gypsy" "Ballad of Jayne" "Rip N Tear" Phil Lewis - vocals Tracii Guns - guitar Mick Cripps - guitar Kelly Nickels - bass guitar Steve Riley - drums
Bang Tango is an American hard rock band. The band was formed in 1988 in Los Angeles and was signed to MCA Records the same year; the band was founded by guitarist Mark Knight and bassist Kyle Kyle in 1988. Knight recruited Kyle Stevens. At the suggestion of Rough Cutt's Amir Derakh, vocalist Joe Leste' joined the band as its frontman which led to Leste's childhood friend, Tigg Ketler, completing the 5 piece line up as Bang Tango's drummer; the band began to play shows and would gain a following on the sunset strip scene in Hollywood, packing all the popular clubs and venues at the time, which led to a bidding war with many major labels. Bang Tango were signed to MCA Records, their initial release, a live EP titled Live Injection came out in early 1989 leading up to the release of their Howard Benson produced full-length debut Psycho Cafe' which topped off at number 58 on the Billboard top 200 chart. The music video for the single Someone Like You was a popular staple on early 90's MTV programming such as Dial MTV and Headbanger's Ball.
A video was made for the single Breaking Up a Heart of Stone The band would tour extensively during this period with the likes of Cheap Trick, LA Guns and Bulletboys. Their 1991 sophomore release, the John Jansen produced Dancin' on Coals, failed to outdo or repeat the success of their first album. A music video was shot for the single Untied and True and the album peaked on the Billboard top 200 chart at number 113; the band released their second live EP Ain't No Jive... Live! in 1992. In 1993, after Dancin' On Coals proved to be not the success MCA had hoped for, the band's label still honored Bang Tango's record contract with a third LP. Hoping to recapture the success of their first album, the band decided to re-team with Psycho Cafe' producer Howard Benson for Love After Death; the album ended up being shelved by MCA due to the label feeling a return would not be possible with how much was invested monetarily for the recording. After recording was complete, guitarist Kyle Stevens made the decision to leave the band.
The album would see a release in the Japan through the Music For Nations label. Though to this day the band still perform songs from this album during their live set, Love After Death has yet to see a release in the U. S; the break up of the original line up of Bang Tango occurred in 1995 after returning from a European tour in support of Love After Death. Frontman Joe Leste' and bassist Kyle Kyle would reform the band in 1996 with a revolving door of musicians. In 1997, Leste' and Kyle Kyle formed the alternative rock band Eating Crow as a side project. Though no recordings were officially released and only a handful of shows were played, the song So Abused was featured in the Wes Craven film Wishmaster but not released on its soundtrack. With the band being a side project of current members of Bang Tango, So Abused was featured in Bang Tango's live set list in the late 90's. In 1998 the band released the live album titled Live. In 1999 the band released Greatest Tricks, a compilation of the band's most well known songs re-recorded with Bang Tango's current line up at the time.
The Joe Leste' and Kyle Kyle version of the band continued to tour under the Bang Tango name until dissipating 1999. Frontman Joe Leste' would go on to sign a record deal with Warner Bros. and form the hard rock band Beautiful Creatures in 2001. In 2003 Joe Leste' would once again reform the band, this time as its sole original member, released the Ready to Go album. In 2005, Leste' recruited bassist Lance Eric, who would prove to be Bang Tango's longest running member aside from Leste' himself and still performs with the band to this day. One reunion show with all original members of Bang Tango occurred in 2006; the whole show can be viewed on YouTube but is mislabeled as being from 2015.2006 saw the release of the From The Hip album and 2011 saw the release of Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt. In 2010 the original lineup minus frontman Joe Leste' would reform with a different vocalist and perform 2 shows as Bang Tango Redux. In 2014 Bang Tango recruited former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson.
Shortly after completing and screening Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie, director Drew Fortier would go on to join Bang Tango as their second guitarist in 2015. Bang Tango has been working on a new album. Original Bang Tango guitarist Mark Knight went on to form Mark Knight & the Unsung Heroes which features appearances from former Bang Tango bandmates Tigg Ketler and Kyle Stevens. Original Bang Tango bassist Kyle Kyle went on to form Mona Lisa Overdrive. In June 2011, the band had met Drew Fortier, for whom they offered to shoot a studio documentary while they recorded their new record Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt; this project would become expanded upon once Fortier had been put in contact with previous members of the band as well as its founding members. Over the course of 4 years Fortier would turn the project into a feature-length documentary titled Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie; the film features interviews with all original members of the band as well as most of the players who have performed in the band since its inception.
The film had positive reviews from various music websites and publications with the general feeling being that despite its low budget, the film still manages to get its point across in an unbiased and engaging manner while being able to appeal to not only fans of the band or genre, but to anyone not familiar with Bang Tango. The film has never been given an official release, aside from Fortier himself releasing it on YouTube for free, which he stated was because of song clearing issues regarding Bang Tango's music back catalogue with UMG. Bang Tango's Psycho Cafe' landed
Ole Beich was a Danish musician best known as the bass guitarist for the original lineups of L. A. Guns and Guns N' Roses. Born in the city of Esbjerg, Beich, in his youth, achieved a degree of fame amongst local musicians and fans, he played guitar with several Danish bands, recorded an album in 1979 with a band called Rock Nalle & The Flames. He was a member of Mercyful Fate for a brief time, before deciding to move to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in music. L. A. Guns were first formed in 1983 by drummer Rob Gardner; the first lineup included Guns, Beich and singer Michael Jagosz. The band recorded and EP Collector's Edition No. 1. Shortly after, Jagosz left and was replaced by Bill Bailey after Jagosz was arrested following a bar fight. Bailey had fronted Rapidfire with Kevin Lawrence and Hollywood Rose with Izzy Stradlin and Chris Weber. Jagosz came back after Rose left playing for 5 shows; when L. A. Guns was reformed in 1985, Beich was replaced by Mick Cripps. Holywood Rose reformed for a New Year's Eve show on New Year's Eve 1984, with Rose, Guns and Steve Darrow.
In March 1985 L. A. Guns merged with Hollywood Rose, changing their name to Guns N' Roses with the lineup composed of Rose, Stradlin and Gardner. Beich played his only show with the band on March 1985 before being fired, he was replaced by Duff McKagan. Tracii Guns left the group. McKagan went on to book shows taking place between Sacramento and Seattle, dubbed “The Hell Tour“. During this time, Gardner was replaced by Steven Adler; this lineup becoming known as the "classic lineup" of Guns N' Roses. Beich died on October 1991, drowning in Sankt Jørgens Lake in the center of Copenhagen. Not long before, on August 19, Guns N' Roses had performed in the city, his family believe that he became depressed after leaving Guns N' Roses in 1985 and was abusing drugs before returning to Denmark in 1988. Heroin, a blood alcohol content of.148, are thought to have contributed to his drowning, but his family still believes it was suicide. Beich is buried in Esbjerg next to his father Aksel, who died in 1995. With Rock Nalle & The FlamesRock'N'alle Roll with L.
A. GunsCollector's Edition No. 1 Ole Beich biography
Kenny Kweens is an American musician, best known for his nine-year tenure as bassist in the hard rock band Beautiful Creatures. In 2009, Kweens left the group and joined L. A. Guns. However, in 2011, Kweens departed. On September 22, 2014, it was announced that Griffin had once again departed the band, Kweens rejoined the band. Prior to joining Beautiful Creatures, Kweens was a member of No. 9, Diamond Star Halo and Melody Black while in 2008 he formed his own solo project titled Villains of Vaudeville. Kweens joined the group Shake the Faith, formed in Los Angeles, California by singer David Aragon in 1994, which featured former Black'n Blue and current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer, they released one album, America the Violent in 1994. The group changed their name to No. 9 and recorded a CD for Hi/Fi/Sire Records titled Greatest Hits, bought out by Geffen, however the group disbanded before its release. Both groups had music featured on television shows such as The Real World, Road Rules, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad About You.
In 1999, BulletBoys guitarist DJ Ashba and Bang Tango singer Joe Lesté formed Beautiful Creatures adding Kweens, guitarist Anthony Focx and drummer Glen Sobel. The group released Beautiful Creatures in 2001 through Warner Bros. and, after some lineup changes, Deuce in 2005 through JVC/Spitfire Records. In 2009, Beautiful Creatures disbanded. Beautiful Creatures toured and supported and number of acts such as Kiss, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Faster Pussycat while they have performed at festivals such as Ozzfest and Rocklahoma. A number of songs by the group have featured on soundtracks for films such as Valentine, The Proposal and television series such as Smallville and Sons of Anarchy. In 2008, Kenny Kweens moved to center mic as a vocalist to front his own project titled, Villains of Vaudeville. In 2013 Villains of Vaudeville released Villains De Vaudeville a full-length CD produced by Tracy Swider. Villains Of Vaudeville released 3 videos from the CD "The Devil Is Waiting", "Demolition Baby" and "Black Heart Saints".
In July 2009, Kweens was announced as the replacement for the departed Scott Griffin in the Phil Lewis fronted L. A. Guns. In January 2011, Kweens departed the band, with Griffin returning to the lineup. On September 22, 2014, it was announced that Griffin had once again departed the band, Kweens rejoined the band. Shake the FaithAmerica the Violent Beautiful CreaturesBeautiful Creatures Deuce Villains of VaudevilleThe Devil is Waiting Plastic Jesus Demolition Baby Kenny Kweens on Myspace Kenny Kweens on Twitter Villains of Vaudeville Website Villains of Vaudeville on Myspace L. A. Guns Biography
Man in the Moon (L.A. Guns album)
Man in the Moon is the seventh L. A. Guns album. Long-time vocalist Phil Lewis and guitarist Mick Cripps returned for this album, it is the only L. A. Guns album with bass guitarist Mark Dutton. "Man in the Moon" - 4:42 "Beautiful" - 4:17 "Good Thing" - 3:27 "Spider's Web" - 4:37 "Don't Call Me Crazy" - 6:42 "Hypnotized" - 3:25 "Fast Talkin' Dream Dealer" - 4:03 "Out of Sight" - 3:22 "Turn It Around" - 5:30 "Scream" - 4:18 Phil Lewis - lead vocals Tracii Guns - guitar Mick Cripps - guitar Muddy Stardust - bass guitar Steve Riley - drums