Featured on the 1989 album The Headless Children. The album was a first for Frank Banali (Quiet Riot), and the last to feature Chris Holmes (Lead guitar and resident wild man). This album, their fourth was a different step forward for the band. It set the band up for success on two fronts. First, they wrote the power ballad, 'Forever Free', a story of love found, love lost and love remembered. The song put the guys at their highest chart spot ever. 'The Real Me' reached #23 on U.K charts. And it didn't do too bad here in the states either.
Lawless showed that he can play and sing on a classic and do it the way he wanted to. The song threw Headless Children to an audience that at one time would see this band and run. W.A.S.P was also introduced to the early vision of MTV's Headbangers Ball. For those that are about my age or older, MTV showed videoes, before the Teen Mom and Real World s took over.
Frankie Banali and Johnny Rod keep perfect time and rhythm on the remake. At one point, the bass and drums are so infectious you forget about the guitars . The bass / drum combo make the song just flow from beginning to end. Chris's guitar work on this and in W.A.S.P in general is the best I think. Chris Holmes is a talented guitar player and he shows it. Even though he would depart the group, many felt that it just wasn't the same after he left.
W.A.S.P is currently on a worldwide tour, celebrating their 30 years in the music biz. Currently the guys are in Europe. No word yet as to if they are going be doing any shows stateside, but I'm sure Blackie Lawless can be convinced to do at least one or two shows in L.A.