Here’s Better Footage Of The Crowd From The Festival Formerly Known As “Herd Immunity Fest”

Last weekend, Static-X, Dope, Adelitas Way, Flaw, and more performed as part of a three-day mini-festival at the Q&Z Expo Center in Ringle, WI amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for the event were limited and some of the bands encouraged fans to wear masks and engage in social distancing. However, more footage from the show has surfaced and it appears that those in attendance weren’t completely following those suggestions.

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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.“

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…“

Powerman 5000’s Spider One Calls Out Bands For Playing Upcoming “Herd Immunity Fest”, Nonpoint Drop Off

In unsurprising news, the upcoming “Herd Immunity Fest,” which is set to take place at The Q&Z Expo Center in Ringle, WI on July 16-18, has been generating some controversy, considering we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Among those who called out the event was Powerman 5000’s Spider One, who tweeted the following:

Nonpoint, who were scheduled to perform at the festival, also responded to Spider One saying that they dropped off:

Organizers have also addressed the backlash themselves by changing the name of the event:

“For the record the venues land can accommodate up to 10,000 occupancy. This is an OUTDOOR EVENT for 3 Days. We are only selling 20% of that so anyone has the choice and ability to social distance. The Festival is also not called “Herd Immunity” and the name no longer tied to any of our social media or promotion.”

Static-X, Nonpoint, Dope, Etc. Set For “Herd Immunity Fest”

A number of rock/metal acts will apparently be performing at a mini-festival in Ringle, WI next month. The event, which is being called “Herd Immunity Fest,” will take place at The Q&Z Expo Center on July 16-18 and the daily lineups can be found below:

July 16: Blacktop Mojo and Flaw.

July 17: Bobaflex, Royal Bliss, Thunderstruck (AC/DC tribute), ONE (Metallica tribute), and Saul.

July 18: Static-X, Nonpoint, Dope, Kaledio, and Versus Me.

Static-X And Dope Lose Nearly $200,000 Worth Of Gear In Warehouse Theft

Static-X and Dope have lost nearly $200,000 worth of gear in a theft at their shared warehouse space in Los Angeles, CA. The bands shared a list of all the stolen items.

The following was also said in a press release:

“Platinum selling International recording artists STATIC-X have filed a police report with the LAPD, siting that their warehouse space (which is also shared with the band Dope) was recently robbed of nearly 200K worth of touring equipment during the Corona Virus Lockdown.

The two bands were advised the two bands to take the story public, in order to help raise awareness with other small business owners and bands alike. Below is a form where you can enter an anonymous tip to help the LAPD find those who stole the gear.

“With most of us in locked down, and those who aren’t locked down, wearing masks in public, apparently it’s a great time to be a thief”. says Static-X drummer Ken Jay.

The band has released a statement on the robbery.

We want to encourage our community to keep a close eye on your property and on your facilities during this unprecedented time. We also ask for our fans to keep an eye out for the stolen items and maybe we can help the police find these people.

The band has publicized a list of stolen equipment here, complete with many of the serial numbers. The list includes: Multiple LED video panels, 2 drum kits, 40+ cymbals, various high end audio/video gear, microphones, racks, branded backdrops, etc.

“This is tough one to swallow ” says Edsel Dope. “Our bands are small businesses that have developed and refined our touring systems over years. The amount of time and effort that has gone into building out the tech and AV the production alone is hard to quantify. It’s a lot of money. We own all of our own gear and have built our touring business through years of hard work and continuous investment back into ourselves.”

“In the end, we recognize that there are far worse things happening around the world.

We want to send out positive vibes to everyone in this crazy time. Stay safe, protect yourself from ALL the threats, and take care of each other.

We will learn from this and take the necessary steps to rebuild during this down time, while allowing ourselves to be a cautionary tale for others.

Stay safe and see you soon!”

Static-X and + DOPE +

SEND AN ANONYMOUS TIP HERE: >>> https://static-x.org/pages/stolen-gear

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

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Extends Olive Branch To Dope’s Edsel Dope

As previously reported, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn recently slammed Dope after fans pointed out the similarities between Machine Head’s latest single “Do Or Die“ and Dope‘s “Die MF Die.“ Dope frontman Edsel Dope then responded to Flynn, while also sharing some Spotify data to show that Dope actually has slightly more listeners than Machine Head. Now, Flynn has issued a new statement to extend an olive branch to Edsel.

Flynn said the following:

“Hey Edsel,⠀
Saw your response. ⠀
Thanks for the compliments. ⠀
Spotify stats…? Hey, I stand corrected. Apparently there’s a lot of motherfuckers still listening to Dope out there. ⠀

Good for you man.⠀

Though disturbingly CrazyTown’s “Butterfly” has us both beat, but I digress.⠀

Got nothing against Dope at all. Not trying to sound like a douche here, (our bands have not intersected in decades), but I literally didn’t know that you guys were a band anymore. So when your fans started spamming our Facebook / Insta feed about our new song ripping you guys off, I was like huh…?⠀

I actually have fond memories of you and I doing enormous amounts of cocaine on my bus in Oklahoma at some radio show back in 1999 and having a wildly coked-out conversation about doing a tour together that never materialized. In fact I just ran into your former(current? now in Misfits) guitar player Acey at the Slipknot show and he invited all of us into the Misfits.⠀

I have a pretty dark sense of humor, I was literally laughing hysterically when I wrote the first thing that I wrote. Trolling the trolls if you will. It wasn’t aimed at you or even Dope. The second photo of the girl I thought was just cute, and was my way of saying “hey good one”, or, “ya got me!”.⠀

That your band is still on tour and doing well 20 years later is fucking awesome Edsel. As someone who knows the challenges of sticking it out this long in the music business, I’m happy for you. ⠀

I’ll take this moment right now to extend the olive branch to you and your band, that any Machine Head show coming up anywhere in the world, that you guys want to come and hang at, you are welcome to. Have some beers, vodka, champagne, whatever (I’ll have to pass on the cocaine🤪) just say the word, and I’ll make it happen. Maybe you could even come up and sing the “Do Or Die” with us. ⠀

Totally understand if you want to pass in light of everything, but the offer stands.⠀

Peace and love bro⠀

Robb!”

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Hey Edsel,⠀ Saw your response. ⠀ Thanks for the compliments. ⠀ Spotify stats…? Hey, I stand corrected. Apparently there’s a lot of motherfuckers still listening to Dope out there. ⠀ ⠀ Good for you man.⠀ ⠀ Though disturbingly CrazyTown’s “Butterfly” has us both beat, but I digress.⠀ ⠀ Got nothing against Dope at all. Not trying to sound like a douche here, (our bands have not intersected in decades), but I literally didn’t know that you guys were a band anymore. So when your fans started spamming our Facebook / Insta feed about our new song ripping you guys off, I was like huh…?⠀ ⠀ I actually have fond memories of you and I doing enormous amounts of cocaine on my bus in Oklahoma at some radio show back in 1999 and having a wildly coked-out conversation about doing a tour together that never materialized. In fact I just ran into your former(current? now in Misfits) guitar player Acey at the Slipknot show and he invited all of us into the Misfits.⠀ ⠀ I have a pretty dark sense of humor, I was literally laughing hysterically when I wrote the first thing that I wrote. Trolling the trolls if you will. It wasn’t aimed at you or even Dope. The second photo of the girl I thought was just cute, and was my way of saying “hey good one”, or, “ya got me!”.⠀ ⠀ That your band is still on tour and doing well 20 years later is fucking awesome Edsel. As someone who knows the challenges of sticking it out this long in the music business, I’m happy for you. ⠀ ⠀ I’ll take this moment right now to extend the olive branch to you and your band, that any Machine Head show coming up anywhere in the world, that you guys want to come and hang at, you are welcome to. Have some beers, vodka, champagne, whatever (I’ll have to pass on the cocaine🤪) just say the word, and I’ll make it happen. Maybe you could even come up and sing the “Do Or Die” with us. ⠀ ⠀ Totally understand if you want to pass in light of everything, but the offer stands.⠀ ⠀ Peace and love bro⠀ ⠀ Robb

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Edsel Dope Comments On Dope Being Dissed By Machine Head’s Robb Flynn

Yesterday (October 14), Machine Head’s Robb Flynn slammed Dope after fans pointed out the similarities between Machine Head’s latest single “Do Or Die“ and Dope‘s “Die MF Die.“ Dope frontman Edsel Dope has since responded to Flynn, while also sharing some Spotify data to compare the streams between the two acts.

Edsel said the following:

“Yesterday, Robb Flynn took to Instagram to publicly asked the question “Who the fuck listens to Dope”?
Then today, he took another shot at our band.
As a grown ass man, I feel slightly obligated to acknowledge these 2 separate shots.
Truth is, I like Machine Head.
Killer band, big fucking draw!! If the two bands ever share the stage again, Dope would undoubtedly go on before Machine Head. That’s not the question.

The question was: “Who the fuck listens to Dope”?
Well Robb, with Spotify being the place where the majority of the listeners go these days, the answer to your question is actually quantifiable.
Check it out..
Dope Monthly listeners on Spotify: 1,238,355
Machine Head Monthly listeners on Spotify: 1,208.667
Pretty fucking close brother.

Only about 30,000 plays separate our two bands from month to month, so it’s quite fair to say that allot of “mother fuckers” are listening to both Machine Head and Dope on Spotify.
Slightly more for Dope, but I digress…

I guess it would also be fair to mention that the Dope song that everyone, including Robb is now talking about, “Die Mother Fucker Die” has about 30 million more plays on Spotify than any song that Robb has actually written or released.
I’m not talking shit! That’s not who I am. I really don’t have anything negative to say about Robb.
These are just the facts.

We never said that the new Machine Head song was derivative of Dopes “Die Mother Fucker Die” Actually, we never said shit!! I don’t own the phrase Die Mother Fucker Die.. It is a commonly used arrangement of ignorant words that will continue to be recycled for years to come. Have at it bro!

In the end, I can’t help that people associate the phrase with Dope. Dopes “Die Mother Fucker Die” has been around for almost 20 years and it has racked up more than 60 million plays on Spotify. The US Military adapted the song into training and tactical drills, so any soldier under the age of 40 is familiar with our jam, especially if they served in Iraq.

It is what it is and Dope certainly didn’t instigate this nonsense. Dope is on tour, in Vienna and we weren’t even aware that Machine Head put out a new song. We wish them the best!”

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Yesterday, Robb Flynn took to Instagram to publicly asked the question “Who the fuck listens to Dope”? Then today, he took another shot at our band. As a grown ass man, I feel slightly obligated to acknowledge these 2 separate shots. Truth is, I like Machine Head. Killer band, big fucking draw!! If the two bands ever share the stage again, Dope would undoubtedly go on before Machine Head. That’s not the question. The question was: “Who the fuck listens to Dope”? Well Robb, with Spotify being the place where the majority of the listeners go these days, the answer to your question is actually quantifiable. Check it out.. Dope Monthly listeners on Spotify: 1,238,355 Machine Head Monthly listeners on Spotify: 1,208.667 Pretty fucking close brother. Only about 30,000 plays separate our two bands from month to month, so it’s quite fair to say that allot of “mother fuckers” are listening to both Machine Head and Dope on Spotify. Slightly more for Dope, but I digress… I guess it would also be fair to mention that the Dope song that everyone, including Robb is now talking about, “Die Mother Fucker Die” has about 30 million more plays on Spotify than any song that Robb has actually written or released. I’m not talking shit! That’s not who I am. I really don’t have anything negative to say about Robb. These are just the facts. We never said that the new Machine Head song was derivative of Dopes “Die Mother Fucker Die” Actually, we never said shit!! I don’t own the phrase Die Mother Fucker Die.. It is a commonly used arrangement of ignorant words that will continue to be recycled for years to come. Have at it bro! In the end, I can’t help that people associate the phrase with Dope. Dopes “Die Mother Fucker Die” has been around for almost 20 years and it has racked up more than 60 million plays on Spotify. The US Military adapted the song into training and tactical drills, so any soldier under the age of 40 is familiar with our jam, especially if they served in Iraq. It is what it is and Dope certainly didn’t instigate this nonsense. Dope is on tour, in Vienna and we weren't even aware that Machine Head put out a new song. We wish them the best!

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