Tony Campos On The Possibility Of Static-X Continuing After The “Project Regeneration” Cycle: “It’s Up To The Fans”

During a recent appearance on the “Thunder Underground” podcast, bassist Tony Campos was asked if Static-X would consider recording more new music after the “Project Regeneration” cycle. He responded with the following:

“I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. I’m not opposed to it. I still wanna go do other things. I’d love to work with MINISTRY again. I’d love to play with the Cavalera brothers [Max and Igor] again. I’m working on an ASESINO record. It’s up to the fans. If they wanna see us continue on as doing this with Xer0, then yeah. It’s up to them.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Static-X’s “Project Regeneration, Vol. 1” Debuts In Top 50 Of Billboard 200 Chart

Static-X‘s “Project Regeneration, Vol. 1” debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band earned the ranking with 12,500 albums sold.

Watch Static-X And Dope Perform In Ringle, WI Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

Yesterday (July 18), Static-X and Dope performed as part of a three-day mini-festival at the Q&Z Expo Center in Ringle, WI amid the coronavirus pandemic. You can see footage of that below. Tickets for the event were limited and the bands encouraged fans to wear masks and engage in social distancing. This news comes after the organizers of the festival received backlash for its original name, “Herd Immunity Fest.” That moniker was ultimately changed, but a number of artists, including Nonpoint, Royal Bliss, Kaleido and Blacktop Mojo, decided to cancel their performances.

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We are excited to return to the stage this weekend for what will be our first show since March. Obviously, over the last few months a lot has changed in the world, so it is of the utmost importance that we EACH do our part to make this as safe as possible for everyone. While your community leaders have deemed this to be a safe and acceptable gathering, we would still like to personally ask for each and every one of you to go the extra mile to help everyone remain safe… We are asking everyone to MASK UP & BACK UP. DISTANCING: The promoter has advised that the OUTDOOR site is huge. It can accommodate 10,000 people, but they have capped ticket sales at 2,000. This was a huge factor for us agreeing to play. This means that there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out and be safe. There are strictly enforcing a NO MOSHING rule and we are in full support of this for obvious reasons. We are asking that everyone please be respectful of everyone else’s personal space. We ask that you are conscious of this while watching the show, standing in lines for food, drinks and bathrooms, etc. WEAR A MASK! This is a simple request and it will help to ensure your safety, the safety of those around you, and also those at home. Wearing a mask demonstrates that you respect yourself, and it also demonstrates that you respect others. We will all be wearing masks and we ask that you all do the same. Please wash your hands, try not to touch your face and use hand sanitizer. We have been informed that hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the site. We all want live shows to return and for things to get back to “NORMAL”. We want to reiterate that this upcoming show does not fall under the definition of what any of us would consider to be “NORMAL”. This is a baby step and in many ways this is also a test. We want you to remember that most places in America are not yet able to have this type of concert experience. Let’s all go above and beyond, in order to help ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, as well as everyone at home. #MASKUP & #BACKUP! Sincerely, Static-X #StaticX

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Former Static-X Guitarist Tripp Eisen: “Edsel Dope Couldn’t Refute Anything I Said So He Resorted To Ad Hominem Attacks On Me”

As previously reported, ex-Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, who previously served prison time for sexually assaulting two underage girls in 2005, recently issued a press release accusing the band of “patently deceptive songwriting credits” on their new album “Project Regeneration, Vol. 1.” Dope frontman Edsel Dope, who is believed to be current Static-X singer Xer0, then fired back at Eisen saying that he is “trying to attach [his] name to an incredibly well orchestrated memorial / tribute that [he] had absolutely nothing to do with.” Now, Eisen has responded to Dope’s comments with a new statement.

Eisen said the following:

“Edsel Dope couldn’t refute anything I said. So he resorted to ad hominem attacks on me. It’s actually below him. I know the real Edsel Dope and he’s not a bad person, and he knows me. That’s why this was so egregious, because it’s disingenuous.

Edsel, you don’t think that I’m deplorable. Yes, we had a feud in 2001, but reconciled in 2004 at Dimebag‘s funeral. That was emotional. Then we reconnected in 2008 and were friends up through to last year.

You said I haven’t progressed, but you don’t believe this because we’ve had many heart-to-heart talks; you said you admired my ability to stay positive in the face of bad circumstances, even asking me for advice about this.

And you’ve told me how you’ve personally progressed over the years. We talked about spirituality and the concept of love. Face it, we were bros.

You know how sorry I am for what happened 15 years ago, and I’ve apologized to anyone that I hurt and that was personal, not public. I’ve apologized to Tony Campos for example. You’ve apologized to me and those in the past that you’ve hurt or mistreated, too. Remember that?

You gave your opinion of the events of my offenses from 15 years ago and you cited details that were partial and inaccurate to how things ended up. You know all of it. I took full responsibility and admitted what I did was wrong.

I didn’t target underage girls as I was unaware of the ages of the girls. That is why they were classified statutory offenses. This is not blaming the victim. I do not. I am at fault, and this is me taking full responsibility for doing the wrong thing in relation to the actual events.

You know all of this because we’ve discussed it in detail. I paid a price for it and I accepted it and dealt with it like a man. One time you said to me that you can’t imagine what I went through.

You refer to ICP and Jugalos because there is someone they are focusing on that wasn’t held accountable. I was held accountable. I support the notion of accountablity that they advocate, so I am down the Clowns, too. I advocate for responsibility for all artists and bands regarding this topic!

I have the courage to put myself out there and create new music; and I know I will be judged. And you did judge me; that’s why you said once that I deserve the chance for redemption and return to music.

It’s been 15 years and I don’t want this to define me. There are many people that know me and have worked with me throughout recent years; and you’re one of them. I stayed at your house, we ate together, went shopping and worked on songs.

Listen, I appreciate working with you in Dope and all that it did for my career. I helped you write one of Dope‘s most memorable songs ‘Die MF Die‘ and I found you your most notable members: Acey Slade, Virus, Preston Nash.

We have alot of good memories, too. Also, remember you invited me to join Dope in 2012-2013 and I have the letters you wrote back then regarding this to prove it. You even offered me to be your financial partner in the band at that time.

And, of course, I got you into this new version of Static-X. We’re connected, so why not embrace it? Instead you bash me. That’s the thanks I get, bro.

You have said that I’m trying to attach my name to Static-X. I did alot with Static-X, wrote the #2 biggest single, ‘The Only‘ and now my songs are relevant in 2020. You attached yourself to ME because I was friends with Tony Campos who is the creative heir to Static-X. That’s why you’re in this position, wearing a mask.

I reconciled with Tony Campos and with Ken Jay, and I would have reconciled with Wayne Static had he survived his drug addiction. You had a discussion with Wayne in 2014 on a short 2-week tour. Did you tell him that you and Tripp were friends now?

It was 2014 that you talked to Wayne at a point when he was suffering from addiction and he hated every former member of Static-X. So your story means nothing. Wanting credit for my part in Static-X and successful songs is not being an antagonist; but I will admit that I am kind of a victim….. of songwriting theft.

Not just mine, but Wayne‘s. You guys had no reason to change Wayne‘s music while saying you’re honoring the last pieces of art that he created. That is vandalism. You guys hired Donald Trump’s law firm to ensure that you can steal my songs. That says a lot.

I love playing music and I will continue to promote my band and am grateful for whatever level of success it brings. Why put me down? Everyone uses past associations to promote current projects. That is the nature of all in the Entertainment Business.

I know you know all these events that I chronicled, but maybe other people need to know how you really feel. Why are we even at this point? – it’s about the music, man.“

Static-X Premiere “Bring You Down” Video

Static-X have premiered a new video for their song “Bring You Down.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Project Regeneration Vol. 1.” That effort features songs that Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda tracked with unreleased vocal recordings from the late Wayne Static.

Dope Frontman Edsel Dope Fires Back At Former Static-X Guitarist Tripp Eisen: “Fuck You!!!! You Two Time Convicted Sex Offender Piece Of Shit!”

As previously reported, ex-Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, who previously served prison time for sexually assaulting two underage girls in 2005, recently issued a press release accusing the band of “patently deceptive songwriting credits” on their new album “Project Regeneration, Vol. 1.” Now, Dope frontman Edsel Dope, who is believed to be current Static-X singer Xer0, has fired back at Eisen.

Dope said the following:

“Fuck You!!!!

You 2 time CONVICTED sex offender piece of shit!

Keep my name out of your talentless mouth!

I fired you 20 years ago, because you are an egotistical, low talent idiot and Static X fired you more than 15 years ago because you were a 40 Year old creep, who was arrested for having sexual relations with multiple 14 year old fan girls. DEPLORABLE!

You have not progressed in the least bit. Not even after spending 2 separate stints in jail.

You are an antagonist, who paints himself as a victim.

BOO HOO & FUCK YOU!

Meanwhile, You’ve never even apologized to our metal community for betraying all of our trust, by preying on young, impressionable fan girls for your own selfish perversions.

And now, you are trying to attach your name to an incredibly well orchestrated memorial / tribute that you had ABSOLUTLY NOTHING to do with.

GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!

For your information.

Wayne and I had a very pointed discussion about you, while on tour together in 2014, so I know EXACTLY how he felt about you. WAYNE FUCKING HATED YOU & he had no interest in ever associating with you again…

You’ve been begging for people to pay attention to you and your new band for 3 years..

Attempting to tie yourself to virtually everything Static-X or Dope does.

Hash-tagging Dope, Static-X, and the Murderdolls in virtually every post..

After all of that, you have managed to gather roughly 1,000 followers in TOTAL….

LOLOLOLOLOLOL..

IT’S OVER dummy.

You will always be known as that 40 year old creepy guy with “LEE PRESS ON” dreads, who targeted underage fan girls for sex.

This is not my opinion.. This is a fact and it is public record.

Charges were filed against you in 2 separate states for kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated sexual assault, and luring to entice a minor through the Internet.”

You were ARRESTED & SENTENCED.. GAME OVER.

I hope that ICP and all the Jugalos across the world are reading this and remember who you are, what you did, and why you’ve ended up crying on the sidelines.

I’M SO DOWN WITH THE CLOWNS and I so hope the Jugalos are listening.

EDSEL DOPE

#14 year olds dude…“

Tripp Eisen Accuses Static-X Of “Patently Deceptive Songwriting Credits” On “Project Regeneration Vol. 1”

Ex-Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen previously claimed that he was involved with the band’s new album “Project Regeneration, Vol.1.” This news understandably didn’t sit too well with a number of fans, considering Eisen served prison time for sexually assaulting two underage girls in 2005, and the group decided to issue a statement to downplay his role. However, Eisen eventually fired back again and has now issued a press release to accuse the band of “patently deceptive songwriting credits.”

Eisen’s press release said the following:

“As Static-X thanks everyone for making the album Project Regeneration Vol. 1 successful, their former guitarist and co-songwriter Tripp Eisen responds with a genuine “you’re welcome.”

Tripp’s material has been used in the development of this incarnation of Static-X. This is evident in the lead song on the Project Regeneration Vol. 1 teaser: “Bring You Down”, also a featured song on Spotify. Tripp actually wrote a majority of the music and lyrics on this particular song. The exact same is true for the song “Something Of My Own.” (see below)

In October 2018, the song “Road To Hell” was used in the teaser that launched the Static-X reunion. This was 100% Tripp’s music with a partial lyric credit. This song was re-titled “My Destruction” and is on the new album.

The question of the true authorship of certain songs casts a shadow over this project, one which is supposed to honor the memory of Wayne Static, a man of integrity and vision, a man who called Tripp a brother and who collaborated with him on some of Static-X’s memorable hits like “The Only” and “I’m The One.”

If you listen to the new chorus to the first single “Hollow” you will hear a part borrowed from the Eisen/Static collaboration “I’m The One” – the signature hook ‘yeah-yeah-yeah’!

The original versions of all of the older songs on Project Regeneration Vol. 1 are completely Wayne Static and Tripp Eisen material; none of the current members had anything to do with their creation. The band obviously wants to gloss over this fact and the patently deceptive songwriting credits on the new album highlight this point.

This is not taking anything away from the album as it is a great effort and a high quality-sounding album. We all love the memories of Ken, Koichi and Tony circa 1999-2000 and it is good to see them working together even without Wayne.

HISTORY OF THE REUNION:

This project began in September 2016 because Tony Campos and Tripp reconnected and reestablished their friendship. Tripp traveled to California to pitch his idea of the Static-X reunion. He brought his friend Edsel Dope into the project as well.

This reunion was born around several good friendships and mutual respect. Tripp’s past legal troubles were addressed early on and Tony Campos had Tripp’s back, knowing the details of his case, the exaggerations in the press and judged his friend fairly and without prejudice.

Edsel shared Tony’s sentiments about Tripp and knew his good character. They continued to work together, and Tripp was part of the project up until April 2019 when he finally objected strongly to the changing of the material and took legal action.

The real conflict is Tripp’s objection to everyone trying to get their names and imprint on the songs and trying to get every dollar they can, which sort of takes away from Wayne’s estate and family’s financial interest!

This is an uncomfortable fact but evident as you read the album credits. The band made many promises to Tripp as the project developed and he trusted his friends. Tripp was never after the profits, but mainly wanted proper credits, appreciation and to keep the project authentic!

He will take credit for spearheading this reunion, take credit for much of the noted and unnoted songs on the album, and take credit for putting Edsel Dope (aka Xer0) in the band.

Tripp also wants fans of Xer0 to know that the idea of Edsel wearing a mask was there from day one. At the first meeting it was agreed upon, that if he was to be the singer, he would be wearing a mask with an “X” on it. The idea was spawned from the X-Man in the Static-X comic book from 2002.

The release of Static-X: Project Regeneration is the culmination of 4 years of planning and hard work. The band has benefited from this and did a great job bringing back Evil Disco and paying tribute to Wayne Static for fans worldwide.

Tripp’s new band Face Without Fear is continuing to honor the Static-X legacy in their own way and will be doing some cool versions of Static-X songs: Check out their livestream from last month where the band performs ‘The Only“

The press release also included BMI registrations and a photo of Eisen eating out with Tony Campos and Edsel Dope in September 2016. You can find those below. Static-X have since responded via Twitter as well:

Static-X Share “Project Regeneration, Vol. 1” Album Sampler

Static-X have shared an album sampler featuring teasers of all the songs on their new album “Project Regeneration Vol. 1.” That effort will be released tomorrow (July 10) and it will feature songs that Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda tracked with unreleased vocal recordings from the late Wayne Static. If you missed it, my review of the record can be found HERE.

Album Review: Static-X’s “Project Regeneration Vol. 1”

Static-X are officially back with their new album “Project Regeneration Vol. 1.” The effort features songs that Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda tracked with unreleased vocal recordings from the late Wayne Static and it is a must have for fans new and old.

The record opens with an intro track, titled “Regeneration,” which contains a simple message: “the unexpected thing tragedy gives us is the opportunity to rebuild.” This captures the essence of the record, which took tragedy (Wayne’s death) and used it to rebuild the band to honor the frontman and bring kick-ass music to the people.

After the intro, things really heat up with “Hollow (Project Regeneration).” The heavy track gives fans the kind of ”evil disco” that they have come to love from the group. This trend continues as the song gives way to “Worth Dyin For.”

“Worth Dyin For” is then followed by one of the record’s highlights, “Terminator Oscillator,” which blasts the listener with a dose of dancy, electronic-infused metal. The infectious nature of the song progresses as fans are presented with the groovin’ “All These Years” and the vicious “Accelerate.”

As one moves deeper through the album, they will continue to find gems such as “Bring You Down (Project Regeneration)” and “My Destruction.” The latter just makes you want to move and it helps pave the way for the catchy “Something Of My Own (Project Regeneration)” and the ferocious “Otsego Placebo,” which happens to be another standout on the album.

Towards the end of the record, “Follow” breaks in with one last bit of aggression, before things get a little slower with “Dead Souls.” That song ultimately brings everything together by closing the album with a shot of emotion.

All in all, “Project Regeneration Vol. 1” is a killer album that will keep you hooked the whole way through. Make sure to check out the effort when it’s officially released on Friday (July 10) and keep an eye out for news on “Project Regeneration Vol. 2.”

Static-X Tease New Songs

Static-X have posted teasers for three of the songs off their new album “Project Regeneration Vol. 1.” That effort will be released on July 10 and it will feature songs that Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda tracked with unreleased vocal recordings from the late Wayne Static.