Hello Glen, welcome to the one & only Greek fan-club of W.A.S.P.
You know you are a very lucky man, once you had the opportunity to meet and spend a lot of hours with W.A.S.P. on November, 14 1985 during Wild Child video shoot.
How old were you then, and how did it happen to meet the band at that very rare, private moment of their lives?
I was 17 at the time, and their crew had gone into a local store to get copies made, not sure of what, but they told a friend of mine who knew I loved W.A.S.P. so we decided to see if it was true.
Were the guys friendly? Who was the best of all?
They were all very cool! Blackie was very busy, and Steve mostly kept to himself, but Chris and especially Randy was very cool to us.
Let us know about Blackie’s behaviour.
Blackie was very on top of everything, making sure everything went right. He was very close with the guys filming the video, and spent a lot of his time dealing with them, but still made time to hang out with us off and on throughout the day.
How many hours did it take for the band to complete the video shoot?
Well, we got there roughly around 9 in the morning, and they were already set up and shooting. They had done the night parts the night before, so this was the last of the fliming. It took all day, they started packing everything up around 5 pm or so.
Was there any strange incident during of that day?
The only strange thing was that we were actually hanging with W.A.S.P. all day!
The stage on which the band play the song for the video needs, was built on a rock. Was that one physically standing there or the crew built it?
It was built by the crew, but they did a good job of making it to where it blended in with the background.
Is there something it’s worth telling us about your experience with W.A.S.P.?
They were the coolest. Not only did we bombard them with a million questions, but they did us as well! How did we know about the shoot, How long had we been fans, and the main question, What the hell did we do for fun, living out in the middle of nowhere!
Do you still have the autographed t-shirt?
Unfortunately I don't. I've moved probably 10 times since then, so over the years things have gone missing. :(
Did you meet them again after this?
I've met Chris twice at the NAMM show, and seen Steve there as well, but was unable to talk to him. I'm looking forward to seeing randy and Chris in their new project W.A.S. (Where Angels Suffer) as soon as they come around in my area.
Do you also know personally KISS? I have checked a lot of your photos with the band’s members.
I've been lucky as far as KISS goes, meeting Gene and Paul 30+ times. The last time I met Gene, he told me if we keep meeting like this, I'm going to have to move in! So I of course wanted his address! I've also met Eric Singer and Bruce several times as well, to the point of them knowing me by face, which is really cool. I try and to to EVERYTHING the guys do in the L.A. area, and even as far as Las Vegas if possible, so they've seen my face quite a bit LOL!
What kind of persons are they?
Gene is Gene, just like he is on TV, so is he in real life. Paul is cool, but when he's done, he's done. Eric S. and Bruce are very cool, and will spend time with each fan and talk to them. Ace has his days, like one day he was a complete ass (which he made up for, but that's for another time!), and the next time he was sweet as pie. It all depends on how his day is going I guess. Ace is Ace. I've met Peter twice, and he was very cool. Met Vinnie once, and he was cool too. I was lucky to meet Mark twice before he passed (R.I.P) and he was very humble. He was shocked that I wanted him to sign some items that had been signed by others, like my KISSTORY book and my lisence plate! Most people would just grab it, sign it, and give it back. Not Mark. I met Tommy a few times before he took over for Ace (Another cool story involving him, for another time). And I was never able to meet Eric Carr (R.I.P.), which is a complete bummer, as all I've ever heard about him was he went out of his way to meet the fans, which is unheard of. And last but not least, Bill Aucoin was awesome! He was just wonderful to be around (R.I.P.)
I’d like to thank you very much for your interview and especially for all those very rare photos you shared with us.
Thank you! It was very cool to talk about it again, to relive the memories! And I'm very glad you enjoyed the photos!!!