Born on September 4, 1956, in Staten Island, New York. Best known as the front man and main songwriter for W.A.S.P., as well as being the band's only continuous member. Blackie formed W.A.S.P. 1982. Prior to that, he led Sister, a band he formed in Los Angeles in 1976 and would featured future W.A.S.P. guitarist Johnny Rod, as well as, at one point, Nikki Sixx. He also did a brief stint in London (which had also featured Nikki Sixx at one point) in 1981. In 1975, Blackie replaced Johnny Thunders in the New York Dolls for a tour of Florida and then relocated to Los Angeles and joined Arthur Kane in the Killer Kane Band.
When Blackie was young, he was allegedly a member in a gang that also included future Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley.