Doug Blair

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Doug Blair
Doug Blair in Naantali, Finland in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameDouglas Blair Lucek
Born (1963-02-11) February 11, 1963 (age 55)
Manchester, Connecticut
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
Associated actsW.A.S.P.
Run 21

Douglas Blair Lucek, better known asDoug Blair (born February 11, 1963) is a heavy metal guitarist and member of W.A.S.P.. Doug's early development as a musician took place in his home state of Connecticut (USA). His focus on technical ability with the guitar quickly saw him gaining a reputation locally with his early band, Run 21. This band played small club dates in the Tri-State area (NY,NJ,CT) and recorded some original material during that time. One of the songs, "Baby It's Your Face" was recorded at Presence Studios in Weston, Connecticut [1] and released on the Metalstorm compilation produced by Jamie Bircumshaw and Tom Boyd in 1985. This early Doug Blair band, Run 21 also included Stet Howland on drums who would later join W.A.S.P. ( as would Blair). Run 21 was especially known for its outlandish show (compared to other Connecticut acts) that would see Blair jumping up on the bar and playing while running in between glasses and bottles. The act had an element of comedy with drummer Stet Howland's dialogue with the audience. This early "over the top" style of performance were precursors to what Blair and Howland would be doing with the internationally known W.A.S.P.

He initially joined W.A.S.P. for a short time in 1992. During his time Blair authored a guitar column for Mixx Magazine (now known as Intermixx Webzine) where he gave instruction and advice on the general subject of guitar playing and guitar instruments which he was known to design. He was also a quick replacement on W.A.S.P.'s Unholy Terror Tour in 2001 on two festival gigs when Chris Holmes left the band. In 2006 he was hired by W.A.S.P. for the third time.[2]

His 'other' current band is Signal2Noise with percussionist/vocalist John Anthony. Their debut album, "Fighting Mental Illness", has 7 songs; Generica, Contrast, Hear, Disown, Out, Corner, and a bonus acoustic version of Wall.[3][4]

From time to time, he also appears as a guest musician at gigs of other artists such as Barbe-Q-Barbies.[5]

In May 2016, he announced an upcoming collaboration with American alternative metal vocalist and musician Melissa VanFleet.[6] In October 2017, VanFleet released "Raven," a single featuring Blair on lead guitar.[7]

Blair is known for inventing the innovative instrument the "GuitarCross" which blend five guitar strings with three bass strings (guitar strings sent to one amplifier, bass strings to another) to make a unique sound. He uses this invention in s2n and also uses a unique 12-string acoustic named "Asia."



Other work[edit]


  1. ^ Presence Studios - Clients Archived 2014-02-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Wasp Nation
  3. ^ Signal2Noise
  4. ^ MySpace
  5. ^
  6. ^ Nilsson, Stefan (May 3, 2016). "Interview: W.A.S.P. Lead Guitarist Doug Blair".
  7. ^ "Lacuna Coil Bassist Marco Coti-Zelati Produces Melissa VanFleet Debut Single". October 14, 2017.

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