Previous Members

Many people left their f**kin' stigma on W.A.S.P. all those years. Here is their list... (to be continued !!)






Brian Tichy (touring) - Drums (2018)

He filled in for Aquiles Priester, who was temporarily unavailable, for shows in 2018.

Randy Black (touring) - Drums (2015-2017)

In late 2015, Randy Black officially joined W.A.S.P. as their touring drummer after the departure of their previous drummer Mike Dupke. In 2017, Black left W.A.S.P. and ater in 2018, he joined German thrash metalers Destruction.

Mike Dupke - Drums (2006-2015)

He joined W.A.S.P. in May 2006 and made his recording debut with W.A.S.P. on 2007's "Dominator". In July 2015, Dupke announced his departure from W.A.S.P. after 9 years.

Mark Zavon- Lead Guitar (2006)

In 2006 it was announced that guitarist Mark Zavon (JRZ System, 40 Cycle Hum) would be joining W.A.S.P., but finally Blackie had decided to hire Doug Blair instead.


Larry Howe - Drums (2006)

In 2006 it was announced that drummer Larry Howe (Vicious Rumors) would be joining W.A.S.P., but finally Blackie decided to hire Mike Dupke instead.


Darrell Roberts - Lead Guitar / Vocals (2001 - 2006)

Darrell joined W.A.S.P in August 2001. He recorded the lead guitars for ''Dying For The World'', ''The Neon God pt 1 & 2'' and some parts/or songs for ''Dominator''.

Patrick Johansson (touring) - Drums (2006, 2015)

Patrik Johansson filled in after the departure of Stet Howland in 2006 and Mike Dupke in 2015.

  Philip Wolfe (touring) - Keyboards (1992)

He performed keyboards on the touring cycle for The Crimson Idol during 1992.

  Dan McDade (touring) - Guitar / Vocals (1992)

He played guitar on W.A.S.P.'s European tour in May/June 1992 after The Crimson Idol.

Stet Howland - Drums / Vocals (1991-1993, 1995-2006)

He was born in Plymouth on August 14 and he started playing drums at the age of 7. His influences are Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Sam Kinison & Animal (the muppet)!!! Till the moment this section was written (April 9, 2009), he has toured and/or recorded with Vengeance, Snapdragon, Rockestra, Run21, Impellitteri, Slamnation, Kuni, Big Richard, Belladonna, Uriah Heep, MVP, 3HB, Joe Delaney, Stream, Superseed, Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Killing Machine, The Howlin Dogs, The Lucky Dogs, The Biscuit Band, Temple Of Brutality, Lita Ford and of course W.A.S.P. (he finished ''The Crimson Idol's'' recordings after Frankie Banali left the band because of the death of his mother), and played the drums or parts on the following albums 'till ''The Neon God pt.2'' (except ''Dying For The World'').

Bob Kulick - Lead Guitar (1990-1992, 1994-1995)

Bob has played the lead guitars for ''The Crimson Idol'' and ''Still Not Black Enough'' albums. During the course of his long career (until April 9, 2009 when this section was written), Bob has recorded in-studio and/or toured with some of the best in the business like Kiss, Meat Loaf, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Diana Ross, Tim Curry, Lou Reed, Mark Farner, Balance, Michael Bolton, Was (Not Was), Spys, Skull, Blackthorne, Murderer's Row, Doro Pesch, Motorhead and Janis Ian.

Bob Kulick has also coordinated, arranged, played on and produced a collection of tribute records to rock's finest acts such \as BUTCHERING THE BEATLES, a tribute to his favorite band, The Beatles -- featuring an all-star line up of artists including: Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees), Alice Cooper, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Billy Idol, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Union), Tommy Shaw (STYX, Damn Yankees), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Steve Vai and Kip Winger.
Chris Holmes - Lead Guitar (1982-1990, 1995-2001)

Christopher John Holmes was born in June 23, 1958 in Glendale, California. His mom used to be a Hell`s Angel. He was kicked out of school at the tender age of seven for savagery and burying little girls in the sandbox. Five years of reform school didn`t reform him and his first driving offence came at the age of eleven. He went on total two cars in the next three years. Chris went to four different high schools before quitting at fifteen. At seventeen he began playing guitar and working for N.O.R.A.D. painting missile silos. After painting ''f**k war'' all over the inside on one silo he was fired by N.O.R.A.D.

He played in the bands Buster Savage, LAX, and Slave before meeting Blackie Lawless. Blackie first saw Chris's photo in 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! From W.A.S.P.'s first release to ''Unholy Terror'', Chris had played on all the W.A.S.P. albums except for ''The Crimson Idol'' and ''Still Not Black Enough''. He was briefly married to Lita Ford from June 1990 to July 1991. When he left the band for a while in 1989 after The Headless Children tour due to musical differences between him and Blackie, he formed another band called Psycho Squad.
Johnny Rod - Bass / Vocals (1986-1990, 1992)

Johnny Rod was born December 8, 1957. He was active in King Kobra, from 1983 to 1986 when he joined W.A.S.P. He played the bass for ''Inside The Electric Circus'', ''Live...In The Raw'', ''Live Animal'' single & ''The Headless Children''. He did not play on The Crimson Idol , but was later recruited for the tour. After the tour he left the band and he quit the music business and moved to Pittsburgh, PA. He trained and worked as an EMT (160hrs in training as opposed to 3000hrs for a Paramedic) in Pittsburgh, PA. Johnny currently lives in downtown St. Louis, MO. He has a grown daughter in Pennsylvania and a young son in Missouri. He has recently done masonry and concrete work.

Frankie Banali - Drums (1988-1990, 1994-1995, 2001-2004)

His hard hitting, deep pocket, heavy rock drumming was a mainstay of the 80’s LA rock scene, but Frankie Banali – the person and the drummer – goes much deeper than the grooves he plays with Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P. or any number of bands you may have heard him with. Frankie is borrowed from Quiet Riot to play on ''The Headless Children'' album after Steve Riley left the band. He did not become a full time member of W.A.S.P., but after he finished touring with Quiet Riot he joined the ''89 & Headless Tour''. He recorded (except on ''The Headless Children'') the drums for ''Still Not Black Enough'', ''Dying For The World'' & ''The Neon God pt.1'' along with some parts/or songs of ''The Crimson Idol'' (he has been replaced by Stet Howland during album's recording when unfortunately his mom died) & ''Unholy Terror''. Citing early influences including Ringo and Charlie Watts, Frankie got heavier via the influence of John Bonham, then deeper into technique through the likes of Terry Bozzio and other progressive players. This combination of influences set him up nicely for session work with everyone from Billy Idol (Mony, Mony) and guitar whiz Gary Hoey, to Billy Thorpe, Monarch, and super-duo Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall on their classic ‘Hughes/Thrall’ album. “Still today the track ‘Hold Out Your Life’ is one of the best written and most exciting tracks that I have had the pleasure to be a part of,’ says Frankie. It’s also a great example of Frankie’s ability to drive a tune through all its dynamic variations and still make it rock mercilessly. Frankie Banali is a really great drummer and person who has a deep perspective on music and life and brings a wealth of experience and commitment to every note he plays.

Kelly Martella (touring) - Drums (1987-1988)

He was the third touring drummer after Riley left, until early 1988. He was the one who played the drums at Monsters of Rock, Donington in August, 22 1987.

Glenn Soderling (Holland) (touring) - Drums (1987)

He took over from Nelson as the second touring drummer after Riley's departure.

  Chad Nelson (touring) - Drums (1987)

He was briefly the initial touring replacement for Steve Riley.

Steve Riley - Drums / Vocals (1984-1987)

Steve Riley was born January 22, 1956 in Revere, Massachusetts. Before W.A.S.P., he had played in various bands including Roadmaster and Steppenwolf. He replaced Tony Richards just before the start of W.A.S.P.'s first world tour in 1984 and recorded the drums for ''The Last Command'', ''Inside The Electric Circus'' & ''Live...In The Raw''. He left the band in 1987 and joined L.A.Guns.

Randy Piper - Guitar / Vocals (1982-1986)

He was born William Randall Piper in 1956 in San Antonio, Texas. He quit school at fifteen and slowly worked his way to L.A. Randy and straight jobs don`t mix: He worked ten days at Disneyland, sweeping up, before getting fired for drunkenness. He worked a series of fast food joints, observing ''even my burgers taste real good when you`re stoned''. Those jobs didn`t last either. He met Blackie at the Starwood, they hooked up and started playing together recording some demos in his own rehearsal studio under the name of ''SISTER'' which later evolved into ''CIRCUS CIRCUS'' and finally into W.A.S.P. He recorded the guitars (along with Chris) for the first two albums of W.A.S.P. plus ''Animal'' single and also toured with the band. He auditioned for a spot in Alice Cooper's band and was accepted. He worked on the ''Constrictor'' album but he left after only a few weeks because Kane Roberts was going to be the lead guitarist in the group, and Randy was not content with staying in the background. Over the last years he has been playing with his personal band called ''ANIMAL''.

Tony Richards - Drums / Vocals (1982-1984)

He was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his family when he was eight. He got himself thrown out of a dozen different schools for various kinds of anti-social behavior by the time he was fifteen. Included with the more common fighting, drinking, and drug charges were getting caught in the closet with a young and attractive female teacher and burning the school football team`s equipment. Tony wrote school off at the age of sixteen and made his way to L.A. where he played with assorted bands and worked a variety of jobs including ''looking after'' married women. Tony was the first drummer of W.A.S.P. He played on the debut self-titled album and ''Animal'' single, but he left the band just before the start of the first world tour.

Don Costa - Bass (1982)

Don Costa replaced Rik Fox for a little time before joining Ozzy Osbourne band. His position on the bass was filled by Blackie Lawless. He played in the first W.A.S.P. show in August of 82’. He used to do a routine where he nailed a metal cheese greater to the back of his bass. In the middle of the show he turned the bass over and started grating his knuckles on it. Blood was streaming down his arms.

Rik Fox - Bass (1982)

Rik Fox (Richard Suligowski) was born in 1955 in Amityville, New York on Long Island and raised in the Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He played bass in several bands, including Steeler and Sin. He was the bass player in the original lineup of W.A.S.P. in 1982 along with Blackie Lawless, Randy Piper and Tony Richards. He was only briefly associated with W.A.S.P. for several months, and recorded a 'live' three-track cassette demo. Although it is said that in fact he named the band, Blackie reportedly denies Rik Fox's participation in W.A.S.P.

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