"Life After Rock: Rik Fox"
As Told To Dan Kapelovitz
Then: Bassist, W.A.S.P. March 1982 - June 1982
Now: Living History Reenactor
"I auditioned for Blackie Lawless and got the gig. They were still looking
for a name. I saw this hornet on the ground and stepped on it. I told
Blackie, 'I got an idea for the band name--Wasp.' He goes, 'That's cool. I
like that.' A couple months later, Blackie developed a personality conflict
with me. He decided he didn't like me any more and kicked me out of the
"I get a call from Ron Keel who had a band named Steeler. We get Yngwie
Malmsteen over from Sweden. Yngwie was just running leads all through the
songs left and right. After Steeler, I formed a band called Sin. David Lee
Roth came and saw us and ripped off our costume ideas. When Sin broke up, I
put together Thunderball. Thunderball was getting great reviews, then
"After the rock 'n' roll thing fazed out, I started attending Renaissance
Faires. I asked my dad, 'What was Poland doing during the 16th and 17th
centuries? There's nobody out here representing Poland.' He asked if I knew
who the Winged Hussars were and showed me pictures of a knight on horseback
with these big wings coming off of his back.
"These guys were the most awesome, the most fearsome and the most beautiful
cavalry in all of Europe. So I put together a Winged Hussar costume and
walked around Renaissance Faires. People either made snide jokes, or they'd
say, 'You're onto something.' "
(This article first appeared in Blender Magazine)
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