A brief history on each member of W.A.S.P (past & present)


Current Members

BLACKIE LAWLESS - DOUG BLAIR - MIKE DUDA - MIKE DUPKE

BLACKIE LAWLESS
LEAD VOCALIST , BASS GUITAR, RHYTHM GUITAR, LEAD GUITAR,
ACOUSTIC GUITAR, ELECTRIC SITAR, KEYBOARDS, ORGAN,
SYNTHESISERS, SONG WRITER, PRODUCER, ETC.

Blackie is the founder member of W.A.S.P and the bands main man. Throughout W.A.S.P.'s career there have been a few changes to the bands line up, but Blackie has always remained in the band. He is the creative talent and has written, and still writes the majority of the bands material.
Blackie was a former New York Doll, he replaced Johnny Thunders in the last few months before the Dolls broke up. After their demise, he and former Dolls bassist Arthur Kane headed to L.A and formed a band called Killer Kane. When Killer Kane broke up, Arthur returned to New York and Blackie remained in L.A. Around 1978 he formed a band called Sister, they were one of the first bands in L.A to use occult symbolism such as pentagrams and wear facial make up. After Sister's demise Blackie created W.A.S.P. Blackie is a musical genius and has given us nearly 30 years of W.A.S.P.


Although he has played on all the W.A.S.P. albums we must give him credit for his solo projects The Crimson Idol and Still Not Black Enough (even though they were released under the name of W.A.S.P.), these two albums especially The Crimson Idol, shows everyone just how good a writer and musician he really is.

DOUGLAS BLAIR
LEAD GUITARIST AND VOCALS

Douglas previously played with Stet Howland in Run 21 and was recruited to play lead and acoustic guitar on the Crimson Idol tour in 1992. He filled in breifly in 2001 for Chris Holmes and then replaced Darryll Roberts in May, 2006.

He uses self-created guitars onstage, and has also developed unique instruments to use with his US-based power duo signal2noise.

MIKE DUDA
BASS GUITAR AND VOCALS

Former Arcade bassist Mike Duda joins the band in 1995. Mike is the longest continuous member other than BL. Mike continues to work with Steven Pearcy(RATT) and is endorsed by ESP Guitars.

MIKE DUPKE
DRUMS AND VOCALS

Mike studied with legendary drummer Kenny Arranoff and toured with Eric Sardinas and Hair Of The Dog previous to joining the group in May, 2006. He is endorsed by Pearl Drums.

Past Members

STET HOWLAND - DARRELL ROBERTS - CHRIS HOLMES

- JOHNNY ROD - BOB KULICK -
FRANKIE BANALI

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RANDY PIPER - STEVE RILEY - TONY RICHARDS

STET HOWLAND
DRUMS, VOCALS AND PERCUSSION (Scared to Death)

Stet Howland former Run 21 takes over on drums half way through The Crimson Idol album. He plays percussion on "Scared to Death" on Still Not Black Enough and drums and vocals on K.F.D, Helldorado, Unholy Terror, The Neon God and Dying for the world..

He was replaced by Mike Dupke in May 2006, and went on to work with Lita Ford(2009), and to form Where Angels Suffer with Chris and Randy (2010)

CHRIS HOLMES
LEAD AND RHYTHM GUITARIST

Blackie first saw Chris's photo while he was browsing through the "Beaver Hunt" section of a copy of Hustler Magazine. This section is where readers send in nude pictures of their wives and girlfriends. Although the pictures were mainly of females, they always had one which stated "One For The Ladies". He was advertised as a Rock N Roll Animal and mentioned that he was a guitar player. Blackie got in contact with him and to everyone's surprise Chris could really play the guitar! He was then recruited for Sister.

Chris has played on all the W.A.S.P. albums except for The Crimson Idol and Still Not Black Enough. He left the band for a while in 1989 after The Headless Children tour, due to musical differences between him and Blackie. He then formed another band called Psycho Squad.

In August of 1995 Blackie contacted Chris after not speaking to him since 1989, and he agreed to return to the band to work on the K.F.D.,Helldorado and Unholy Terror albums too.

He left the band (August 2001), and his recent work is with Where Angels Suffer along with Stet and
Randy (2010)

DARRELL ROBERTS
GUITAR

Former singer/guitarist for Metallica tribute band 'Alchoholica' joins W.A.S.P in August 2001. He played on The Neon God and Dying For The World Albums...” and was replaced by Douglas Blair in May, 2006.

He then recorded and toured with Five Finger Death Punch until leaving in 2010
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JOHNNY ROD
BASS GUITAR AND VOCALS

Former King Kobra member Johnny Rod joins the band as bassist when Randy Piper leaves. This enables Blackie to switch back from bass to playing rhythm guitar. (Blackie states at this time that the bass is a tool of ignorance and that he is a guitar player be trade).

Johnny plays bass on Inside The Electric Circus, Live.... In the Raw and The Headless Children albums and various tracks on First Blood...Last Cuts. He did not play on The Crimson Idol , but was later recruited for the tour. After the tour he leaves the band.

FRANKIE BANALI
DRUMS AND PERCUSSION

Frankie Banali is borrowed from Quiet Riot to play on The Headless Children album after Steve Riley leaves the band. He does not become a full time member of W.A.S.P., but after he finishes touring with Quiet Riot he joins the W.A.S.P. Headless Children Tour.

He plays on The Headless Children, some of The Crimson Idol, various track on First Blood....Last Cuts and Still Not Black Enough. He decided to leave the band due to personal reasons.

STEVE RILEY
DRUMS AND VOCALS

Steve Riley, ex-Keel Drummer is recruited just before the start of W.A.S.P.'s first world tour and replaced Tony Richards. His other musical credits had included Stephenwolf, in which he drummed for about 30 months at the end of the seventies, and a band that was pronounced the Bees.

Steve plays on The Last Command, Inside The Electric Circus, Live...In The Raw and can also be found on various tracks on First Blood...Last Cuts.

He left the band in 1987 and joined L.A.Guns.

RANDY PIPER
LEAD GUITAR, RHYTHM GUITAR AND VOCALS

Blackie met Randy through Ace Freley of Kiss in 1975, and they played together in Circus Circus. Randy Piper played on the first two W.A.S.P. Albums: - W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P & The Last Command. He can also be found on various tracks on the First Blood....Last Cuts album.

He left the band in 1986 and formed a band called Animal releasing several records, until joining Where Angels Suffer with Chris and Stet (2010)

TONY RICHARDS
DRUMS AND VOCALS

Tony was the first W.A.S.P. drummer. He played on the debut W.A.S.P. album, but then left the band just before the start of the first W.A.S.P. world tour. Blackie once (half jokingly) stated that the reason why Tony had left the band was because he had shot him and that he had bad breath. The real reason however, was that Tony was a good drummer but he was inconsistent. Blackie once said that he would go on one night and be great, but the next night he would not be so good.

BOB KULICK
LEAD GUITARIST - STUDIO WORK ONLY

Bob Kulluck plays lead guitar on The Crimson Idol and Still Not Black Enough albums. He has a long list of credits under his belt such as Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album and work with Meatloaf. He does not become a member W.A.S.P or tour with them. He just did the studio work only.