Today is the Birthday of legendary guitarist CHRIS HOLMES, born June 23, 1958 is American heavy metal guitarist and songwriter who grew up in La Canada, California. 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, and again from 1996 to 2002. In 2007, Holmes was involved with the filming of a Randy Rhoads documentary directed by Peter M. Margolis. In 2010, he joined Where Angels Suffer. On November 26, 2012, Chris released his first solo album "Nothing to Lose". On May 2, 2015, Chris Holmes released his second album "Shitting Bricks". Chris' soloing is unique and immediately recognizable. Chris has never tried to prove anything technically, instead he has played the kind of music he loves and which comes out of him naturally. He has done some more challenging solos like "Restless Gypsy", but most of his stuff is about building themes that take the songs to a new level.
L.O.V.E. Machine is a great example of a solo that has no flashy stuff, but is very memorable, fits the song and sounds cool. Chris also has the ability to create different moods over simple chord progressions. "Wild Child" and Inside "The Electric Circus" prove that point. Chris himself is most proud of his work on "The Headless Children" album. Holmes melody line that combines blues style phrasing with a strong heavy metal minor feel. You often hear Chris use a full octave within a short introduction lick which helps to create a haunting mood right from the start. Chris was influenced by Billy Gibbons and Eddie Van Halen (among others) but he used them to create his own style and sound.
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