Davey Suicide Added To Final Leg Of Static-X’s “Wisconsin Death Trip” 20th Anniversary Tour

Davey Suicide has been added to the final leg of Static-X‘s “Wisconsin Death Trip” 20th anniversary tour. As previously reported, that leg will also feature Wednesday 13. Here’s the dates:

12/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Royal Bar
12/11 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
12/12 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
12/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
12/14 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/15 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater (no Davey Suicide)
12/17 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
12/18 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55

You can find the rest of Static-X’s dates HERE.

Static-X Team Up With Metal Monkey Brewing For “Evil Disco Hell” Beer

Static-X have joined forces with Metal Monkey Brewing to create a new beer called “Evil Disco Hell.” The beverage is a 5.4% ABV Helles-style lager and it is expected to be released in December. Metal Monkey owner and brewer Dan Camp issued the following statement:

“Having seen the band on the original ‘Wisconsin Death Trip‘ tour, we were excited to work with the band on crafting a beer for the 20-year anniversary. Working with a band is a big deal to us, because at the end of the day we’re fans ourselves. But if we can bring a new experience to other fans out there, we think it’s a ton of fun. Not only can you enjoy the music, but you can enjoy a tasty beverage that the band was integral in making, so it gives fans a bit more insight as to what else these guys are into. Tony [Campos] contacted us early into their tour knowing our love and passion for both craft beer and metal, so we’ve traded ideas back and forth for the past few months to come up with Evil Disco Hell.”

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🔥EVIL DISCO HELL🔥 Yesterday we brewed up a killer new collaboration with the awesome guys from @staticxofficial! Evil Disco Hell is a Helles-Style Lager that will come in at 5.4% ABV. Look for more details as we get closer to a release date in December! Working with Tony Campos from the band has been a great experience, and a lot of fun coming up with the style, the name, and label ideas (more to come on that). A few of us from the brewery saw the band on the original Wisconsin Death Trip tour 20 years ago, so it's awesome to come full circle and work with them on the anniversary tour this year. And it gave us a chance to make another lager. 🤘 Cheers! #monkeybusiness #metalmonkeybrewing #craftbeer #romeoville #evildiscohell #helles #lager #collaboration #staticx

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DevilDriver Drop Off Static-X’s North American Tour, Drowning Pool & Mushroomhead Added

DevilDriver have dropped off the final leg of Static-X‘s “Wisconsin Death Trip” 20th anniversary tour due to frontman Dez Fafara needing time off to be with his wife, who is sadly battling cancer. Drowning Pool and Mushroomhead will replace the group on select, unspecified dates. Fafara commented:

“Hello everyone, My wife has been diagnosed with cancer. I will be staying home to care for her and be by her side every minute as she begins her Cancer fight with surgery and further treatments. Apologies to all but I’m sure you all understand that family comes before work. We thank you for all your well wishes at this time.”

Tour Dates:

With Dope, Wednesday 13, and Raven Black:

11/08 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/09 Tyler, TX – Clicks
11/10 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
11/12 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater
11/13 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
11/15 Ft. Lauderdale – Revolution
11/16 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/17 Destin, FL – Club LA
11/19 Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim
11/20 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
11/21 Columbus, OH – Express Live
11/22 Albany, NY – Skyloft
11/23 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom (‘Providence Metal Fest)
11/24 New York, NY – Sony Hall
11/27 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
11/28 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
11/29 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
11/30 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
12/01 Champaign, IL – The City Center
12/02 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
12/03 Green Bay, WI – Green Bay Distillery
12/04 St. Paul, MN – The Myth
12/05 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
12/06 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
12/07 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
12/08 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live

With Wednesday 13:

12/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Royal Bar
12/11 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
12/12 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
12/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
12/14 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/15 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
12/17 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
12/18 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55

Tripp Eisen Claims He Played A Big Role In Static-X’s Reunion

Former Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen previously claimed that he was involved with the band’s new album “Project Regeneration.” This news understandably didn’t sit too well with a number of fans, considering Eisen served prison time for sexually assaulting two underage females in 2005, and the group decided to issue a statement to downplay his role. However, Eisen has now followed up with a new statement claiming that he is more involved in the situation than the band are letting on.

Eisen said the following:

“ALBUM DELAYED

There was a statement made by Static-X back in June about my involvement in the new album. They also made an announcement around the same time that the album was being delayed and now it’s been delayed again. These 2 topics are related.

This delay is due in large part, to my involvement with and legal claim to 12 songs that feature Wayne Static’s isolated vocals. I have been very patient, respectful and courteous with the band, out of respect for Wayne‘s memory and the fans’ view of the matter.

I very much want the album to be released and for the fans to enjoy hearing mine and Wayne‘s material, but the band has gotten greedy and they lack respect for the intellectual property of the original songwriters: Wayne and Tripp.

They altered substantial parts of the songs without my consent and beyond what I believe Wayne would have wanted. Wayne stated in a 2013 interview that I was the only other member of Static-X that wrote whole songs with him.

The other guys only contributed a riff here and there, according to Wayne. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation put out by the band and the organization, so bear with me. I don’t want to sound bitter or out of line, but there are too many things going on that feel wrong to me about Static-X 2019.

WAYNE‘S VOCALS ON 12 SONGS

I have waited to make any public statement, giving the band ample time to work something out and compromise with regard to the integrity of the songs that Wayne and I wrote back in the day. Within the 12 songs that have Wayne’s isolated vocals are my lyrics and music.

The band stated to me that they are also altering Wayne’s material and I’ve heard it myself because I was in the band. They believe they can improve Wayne’s guitar parts. Tony has stated to me personally that he’s not that concerned about authenticity. This seems unfair to the fans and lacks integrity. But it also violates mine and Wayne’s songwriter’s rights.

Wayne is not here to offer his opinion, but I am. These songs are precious and sacred to me. And some fans may also care about these details.

The 12 songs with Wayne‘s vocals have no songwriting from any of the other members of the original lineup of Static-X. I am the only person that collaborated with Wayne on these songs. I was the one that made Tony aware of the 3 leftover songs from the ‘Start A War‘ album, and they were finished mastered songs, not unfinished demos.

They made claims that the “newly discovered” Wayne vocal recordings are on “damaged tapes”, that there is “little or no music” on them. I know the real story about these tapes; the timeline, the circumstances and the content. They recognize that all of this material is very special and these are Wayne’s final pieces of art. But they are also my pieces of art from the 5 years that I was in the band.

SONGWRITING ON OTHER SONGS

I also wrote most of the material that was the genesis of this project. I wrote about 15 songs with Tony when this project began; Edsel collaborated on about 6 of them. One new song that I wrote launched this Static-X reunion in October 2018 – “Road To Hell”; it’s the lead song on the teaser video and features the original lineup playing to a song that none of them wrote. This was a song that I was originally doing with my band Face Without Fear. The current version of “Road To Hell” is a collaboration by Xer0 and myself.

TRIPP‘S INVOLVEMENT

Whoever is interested in the new Static-X album should know that my material will be a substantial part of “Project Regeneration.” Most of the songs that contain Wayne’s vocal are either my lyrics or my music underneath, or both. These 12 songs with Wayne‘s vocals have no songwriting from any of the other members of Static-X or the original lineup. I am the only person that collaborated with Wayne on these songs.

I am not here to just attach myself to this project for credibility. I actually started this project! I came to Tony Campos with the proposal of a reunion in September 2016 because I have had this in mind for years. I even was reaching out to Wayne before he passed away.

Tony and the guys turned down Wayne‘s offer to reunite Static-X in 2013. Wayne and Tony had a very public and ugly feud. Tony accepted my offer to reunite in 2016. I brought the singer Xer0 to him, a.k.a. my old buddy Edsel Dope.

The project evolved into the Wisconsin Death Trip anniversary and I agreed to work behind the scenes until a later date (Machine anniversary). I am also the one who made Tony aware that there were 3 unreleased songs with Wayne’s vocals from the Start A War album, of which he had no clue. I had the band’s best interest in mind.

So in October 2018 fans got to hear a teaser of “Something Of My Own” and “Hollow” and also one of my new songs “Road To Hell”.

I was involved in the project up until March 2019. I played 100% of the guitars on all of the remakes of the Wisconsin Death Trip songs, too. They even invited me to come out to California to play on the album as recently as March.

Why would the band work with me for almost 3 years on this? Because they had my back. They believed in me. They felt that my involvement was beneficial and vital to Static-X. They understood that I am a good person and have progressed as a person and made amends for my mistakes in the past.

They knew there would be some negativity, but they were prepared to support and defend me as friends and bandmates. They knew I wouldn’t let the past define who I am today. They believed we’d overcome it and move forward. Unfortunately they now don’t have the courage to state this and to be honest with the fans about how they feel.

It’s really not that hard to just be honest. And now they made the unfortunate decision to try to minimize not only my role in this current version, but also my history with the band. There really ain’t no need for all that.

STATIC-X 2019

Many of the people I’ve talked to that worked for and with the band and that were close to Wayne up to the end of his life do not approve of what this version of the band has become. Those involved in profiting from this version think it’s just great.

It is, of course, nice to see the Wisconsin Death Trip album and Wayne’s life being appreciated by the fans. It’s very nice to hear that Wayne’s family is proud to see their son appreciated and memorialized. We all wish Tony, Ken and Koichi the best, but there’s a notion that Wayne would be less than impressed, maybe even appalled at some of the decisions being made.

Of course they are going to put a spin on this and try to deny a lot of what i am saying. But i am being honest out of respect for the fans and Wayne‘s memory. I have photo proof and digital proof from a lot of our communications over the past couple of years, in case anyone doesn’t believe me.

I have made efforts to sort things out and talk to the owner of Static-X, Tony Campos, and we’ve spent hours on the phone and face to face meetings. Tony even said to me earlier this year: “you’re part of the family”. And I was happy to hear that. But it’s been a struggle.

I considered Tony, Ken and even Xer0 as friends. Now the priorities and tactics have shifted and they’re riding on the back of Wayne’s memory and his music, as well as mine. It may not matter to fans, who can just enjoy the music and memories of Wayne and the band. But truth matters, plan and simple. I feel sad that it’s now necessary to explain things.

Wayne once said “Tripp’s the first person I’ve ever met in my life who’s very similar to the way I am.” I knew him better than most people; we were tight and everyone on the inside knows it. My 5 years in the band are not just anecdotal. I was there… and I know everyone involved now.

I wonder what Wayne would think of this incarnation of his band and all that is going on. Proud and honored don’t come to mind. I love the band and care about the legacy and integrity of Static-X. I am excited about my new band Face Without Fear and happy to have my past collaborations with Wayne appreciated now.

Like Tony has said: this is for the fans. And the fans deserve honesty and a true Static-X album, as much as that’s possible without Wayne. I miss the guy and I truly wish he was here.

With respect to the fans and to Wayne’s family,

Tripp Eisen • Guitarist of Face Without Fear
https://www.youtube.com/facewithoutfear“

Edsel Dope Comments On Rumors Regarding His Involvement In Static-X

Despite long-standing rumors and allegedly being exposed by a neck tattoo, Dope frontman Edsel Dope has denied the claims suggesting that he is Static-X’s mysterious, mask wearing frontman “Xer0.” He referred to the whole situation as a “Scooby-Doo scavenger hunt” and said that it’s easy to “slap a little tribal neck tattoo onto someone in photoshop.”

Here’s Edsel’s full statement:

“Hello world.

I have quietly sat through all of this speculation and have thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Yesterday’s internet eruption reminded me of an episode of Scooby-Doo.

It’s incredible how far some people will go to get attention or clicks, so let me remind you how easy it is to slap a little tribal neck tattoo onto someone in photoshop.

I’m honored for myself and for my band DOPE to be part of this 20th anniversary celebration, along with this unbelievable, traveling memorial to our old friend Wayne Static.

Wayne is currently on the minds and in the hearts of the metal community in a very unique and special way. His memory / legacy is more celebrated than it has ever been before.

I personally get to see the joy, the tears, and the incredible sense of healing that is occurring on the faces and in the hearts of Static-X fans, each and every night, around the world.

I’m not attempting to be a spokesperson for Static-X, but I will share that I have personally met Wayne’s parents and siblings, as they have attended a number of these shows.

I have personally seen their tears of joy and their expressions of gratitude and approval for the way that Tony, Ken, Koichi, & Xer0 are celebrating the music and memorializing the life and legacy of their son and sibling, Wayne Wells Static.

I’m including a candid photo that I snapped of Static-X drummer Ken Jay embracing Wayne’s father, while Tony Campos, Wayne’s mother, Wayne’s siblings and friends share some personal time together. Words cannot express the love and respect that I’ve experienced out here.

It’s one thing to go on a Scooby-Doo scavenger hunt, or to use photoshop to attempt to prove whatever you are trying to spin, but it’s entirely different when trolls, masquerading as journalists, spew their ignorant, hateful words towards something that is so incredibly personal.

Anyone with the nerve to throw virtual tomatoes at a traveling memorial, that has been orchestrated and supported by the family, loved ones, and long-time friends of the deceased should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

In the end, I’m not the type of person to allow others to dictate the narrative of my life or my art, so I’ve decided to also include a picture of me chatting it up, while watching another SOLD OUT Static-X show from the side of the stage the other night.

#Scooby-Doo
#ThereIsNoSantaClause
#TrollsAreLonely&StillLiveAtHomeWithMom&Dad
#Hamburglar
#EdselDope
#DopeTheBand
#StaticX
#WisconsinDeathTrip
#WayneStatic
#Respect”

Dope Frontman Edsel Dope Exposed As Static-X’s Mystery Singer

As previous rumors suggested, Static-X’s mask wearing, mystery vocalist “Xer0” is none other than Dope frontman Edsel Dope. His identity was revealed by Metal A Day, who shared photos of “Xer0” with the same neck tattoo as Edsel. You can see those below. It’s also worth noting that Dope have joined Static-X on almost every date of their “Wisconsin Death Trip” 20th anniversary tour.

[via MetalSucks]

Static-X To Release New Album “Project Regeneration” In May, Tease New Song “Hollow”

Static-X have announced that their new album “Project Regeneration” will be released on May 29. That effort will feature the late Wayne Static’s final studio recordings. With this news, the band have also shared a teaser for their new song “Hollow”:

Tony Campos commented:

“The official release date for ‘Project Regeneration‘ is now May 29, 2020. In the mean time, we have decided to go ahead and ship out ALL of the merchandise and schwag associated with the pre-orders to all the fans who have participated. This way they can have all of their shirts, hoodies, posters, etc, while we all wait a little bit longer for the music to be complete.. As originally planned, the Cd’s will ship to everyone the week prior to release..

In addition, we are finally able to begin sharing some of the finished music from ‘Project Regeneration‘. There is a lot of great stuff on the way, but right now we are going to share a video clip for one of the newly finished songs called ‘Hollow.’ This song was originally a demo from the ‘Start A War‘ album, which was never completed.

Wayne and I never felt like the music on the original demo was fully realized. The vocals sounded great, but some of the musical compositions from that time period felt a bit experimental. There is a reason that some of these tracks never made it on a previous Static-X album, and it certainly wasn’t because of Wayne‘s vocals. The band was just going through a lot of changes at that time and, in retrospect, it felt like we were straying away from that authentic Static-X sound that had really defined us.”

Ken Jay continued:

“When we began working on ‘Project Regeneration‘ our producers advised us to ignore all of the old demo music.. We opted for the original band to re-enter the studio with nothing more than Wayne‘s vocal tracks.. The vocals sound really great and I think that Wayne would be really happy with what we’ve done with the music and to hear that these tracks have finally realized their full potential.”

Koichi Fukuda added:

“The 20th Anniversary for ‘Wisconsin Death Trip‘ only comes once in a life time and this year has been absolutely incredible. The new album is going to be very special and this whole 20th Anniversary touring process has been a very unique and healing experience for the band and also for the fans.

We are so grateful to the fans who have made 2019 such an incredible year for Static-X! We have toured the world and celebrated the life and work of our dear friend Wayne, while playing our debut album front to back every night.. The fans have really exceeded our expectations and again, we are just so grateful!”