Full in Bloom Music recently conducted an interview with former W.A.S.P. and current ANIMAL guitarist Randy Piper. An excerpt from the chat follows:
Full in Bloom Music: Can you tell us a little history about how you met Blackie [Lawless]. Didn't you form the band SISTER with Blackie? Do you remember who was in that initial line-up?
Randy: I do. I don't remember the guitar players name and I have been asked this before. I would have to look back in my records and stuff. I apologize to him, but actually I never met him. I met Blackie at the Starwood in Hollywood through a mutual friend that I knew from back in Yonkers, NY...he was a friend of Ace Frehley. His name was Mike and Mike ended up working for us in the early days in W.A.S.P. So, he was the one that introduced us and Blackie and I just got together and started recording. We were always like video taping, recording and we just kind of put SISTER back together, which was Joey Palemo and Jimmy Image, they were the original drummer and bass player. Blackie always talks about Chris Holmes being in SISTER, but as you can see there have never been any pictures with him in the band. I have all the old videos, and rehearsals on video. I had a studio in Buena Park.
Full in Bloom Music: It was a rehearsal studio right?
Randy: Yeah, back then EXCITER was there, which was George Lynch and Mitch Brown. They rehearsed there for a couple of years. So anyway, we went from SISTER to CIRCUS CIRCUS and then after CIRCUS CIRCUS is basically when it became W.A.S.P. But I have all the old videos, even of the different stages of me building the studio. You can see the drywalled walls, you could see the tape and everything on them. Then when it was carpeted; then when we painted it black. It shows the progression in these videos, the studio as well as the band itself.
Full in Bloom Music: Wow. You should try to put something together.
Randy: Well, you know, I am working on it; it's on the backburner right now. If ANIMAL does really good, I was thinking of doing something that shows the progression of my career. You know from when I first started playing with Blackie through SISTER, through CIRCUS CIRCUS and then the beginnings of W.A.S.P. and there are a lot of old....the beginnings of W.A.S.P. songs like... I don't know... 'Dr. Rockter', 'School Daze' and shit like that."
Read the entire interview at www.fullinbloommusic.com.