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Happy birthday, Randy Piper

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Randy Piper, original guitarist, and co-founder of W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, original guitarist, and co-founder of W.A.S.P.

Happy birthday, Randy Piper...
Born William Randall Piper on April 13 1953 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., Randy Piper is a guitarist and songwriter mostly known as the original guitarist, and co-founder of W.A.S.P..
Elvis Presley was Randy's major inspiration.
Randy started to learn to play guitar whe he was 10.
In 1970, while he was still in high shool, he opened Wheatstone Bridge, a discount record store in Long Beach, California.
He opened Magnum Opus Studios, a rehearsal and recording space, in 1978, in Buena Park, California.
The same year, he met Blackie Lawless at the Starwood Club in Hollywood.
They became friends and commenced recording demos at the Magnum Opus Studio.
Bassist Joey Palemo and drummer Jimi Image joined them, and they formed the band Sister.
In 1979, the band changed its name to Circus Circus. Their first videos were produced at Randy's studio.
Three years later, Circus Circus became W.A.S.P..
They released their debut album, W.A.S.P., in 1984 (lineup: Blackie Lawless (lead vocals, bass), Chris Holmes (lead & rhythm guitars), Randy Piper (lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals), Tony Richards (drums, backing vocals)).
The band got famous for their very theatrical stage performances. Indeed, there were girls dancing in cages, the band members and their mic stands had chains on them, they threw raw meat into the audience...
On November 9 1985, W.A.S.P. released its second album, The Last Command (lineup: Blackie Lawless (vocals, bass), Chris Holmes (lead & rhythm guitar), Randy Piper (lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals), Steve Riley (drums, backing vocals)).
Soon after the release of the album, Randy left the band.
In 1988, he formed the band Randy Piper's Animal.
From 1990 to 1993, he played in Kings Horses.
Randy Piper's Animal reunited and released the album 900 Lb Steam in 2002.
The band's most recent album, Virus, was released in 2008.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Randy Piper!

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Randy Piper ...
Né William Randall Piper le 13 avril 1953 à San Antonio, Texas, U.S., Randy Piper est un guitariste et auteur-compositeur mieux connu en tant que guitariste original et co-fondateur de W.A.S.P..
Elvis Presley est son inspiration pincipale.
A 10 ans, Randy commence à apprendre à jouer de la guitare.
En 1970, alors qu'il est toujours lycéen, il ouvre Wheatstone Bridge, un magasin de disques à Long Beach, Californie.
Il ouvre Magnum Opus Studios, un espace de répétitions et d'enregistrement, en 1978, à Buena Park, Californie.
La même année, il rencontre Blackie Lawless au Starwood Club à Hollywood.
Ils deviennent amis et se mettent à enregistrer des démos au Magnum Opus Studio.
Le bassiste Joey Palemo et le batteur Jimi Image se joignent à eux, et ensemble ils formèrent le groupe Sister.
En 1979, le groupe change son nom pour Circus Circus. Leurs premières vidéos sont produites au studio de Randy.
Trois ans après, ils deviennent W.A.S.P..
Ils sortent leur premier album, W.A.S.P., en 1984 (lineup : Blackie Lawless (chant, basse), Chris Holmes (lead guitare et guitare rythmique), Randy Piper (lead guitare et guitare rythmique, choeur), Tony Richards (batterie,choeur)).
Le groupe devient célèbre grâce à ses performances scéniques très théâtrales. En effet, des filles dancent dans des cages, les membres du groupe et les pieds de leur micros sont couverts de chaînes, ils jettent de la viande crue dans le public...
Le 9 novembre 1985, W.A.S.P. sort son second album, The Last Command (lineup : Blackie Lawless (chant, basse), Chris Holmes (lead guitare et guitare rythmique), Randy Piper (lead guitare et guitare rythmique, choeur), Steve Riley (drums, backing vocals)).
Peu après la sortie de l'album, Randy quitte le groupe.
En 1988, il forme le groupe Randy Piper's Animal.
De 1990 à 1993, il joue dans Kings Horses.
Randy Piper's Animals se réunit et sort l'album 900 Lb Steam en 2002.
L'album le plus récent du groupe, Virus, est sorti en 2008.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Randy Piper !]

Randy Piper, RANDY PIPER'S ANIMAL

Randy Piper, RANDY PIPER'S ANIMAL

Randy Piper, Blackie Lawless and Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)

Randy Piper, Blackie Lawless and Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper and Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)

Randy Piper and Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper and Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)

Randy Piper and Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper and Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)

Randy Piper and Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

Randy Piper, W.A.S.P.

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