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…“

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:

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“

Static-X Say Tripp Eisen “Is Attempting To Gain Credibility Through His PAST Association” With The Band

Tripp Eisen recently made headlines after saying he was involved in the making of Static-X’s new album “Project Regeneration.“ Considering the guitarist is a convicted sex offender, the news obviously didn’t sit too with the band’s fans. The group have since responded to the backlash saying Eisen “is attempting to gain credibility through his past association” with them.

The band left the below comment on an Instagram post:

“Listen! Let me make this very clear.

Wayne, Tony, Ken and Koichi are the ORIGINAL line up of the band and we are celebrating our 20th anniversary & memorializing our friend Wayne!!! The 3 of us and Wayne are the TOTAL focus of this album and this tour.

That guy was in static x for a couple years prior to HIS OWN personal troubles. His issues have NOTHING TO DO WITH US!!! … He was a co-writer on songs with Wayne & the band in the past. Some of those old songs ended up being tracks that Tony and the producers recovered some of Wayne’s unreleased, isolated vocals on.

Those isolated vocals have never been heard and they are very special and some of the final pieces of art that Wayne left behind.

Clearly, the guy you mentioned is promoting his new band by mentioning his PAST involvement with Static-X and he is attempting to gain credibility through his PAST association.

Tony, Koichi and ken entered the studio together, along with their touring vocalist “xer0” and they have been working diligently to craft some amazing music underneath Wayne’s unreleased vocal tracks.

Tony, Koichi, Kenny, and xer0 are the only people participating In the recording of this new album.

Aside from Wayne’s vocals and a couple guest vocalists, NOBODY ELSE is involved in the recording and production of his album.

Tony, Ken, Koichi and touring vocalist “Xer0” are the only people that have been in the studio recording and working with the bands original producer Ulrich Wild on this incredibly special new album.

End of story..”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tripp Eisen Says He Has Been Involved With Static-X’s New Album “Project Regeneration”

During a recent interview with Totally Driven Radio, former Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen revealed that he has been involved with the band’s new album “Project Regeneration.” This news likely won’t sit too well with a number of fans considering Eisen served prison time for sexually assaulting two underage females in 2005. He was charged with a number of disgusting crimes including having sex with an underage girl, kidnapping and assaulting a 14-year-old girl, and luring to entice a minor online.

Eisen said the following:

“I was tight with the guys for many years, so I knew every step of the way as it was going on. I’m privy to what’s going on, and I think it’s really cool. Obviously, we’ve all heard a lot of the music on their teaser, videos and stuff and what they sampled out for people to hear.

The cool thing about it is I love it — I love the music; it sounds great, ’cause you hear Wayne‘s voice and stuff. But something that’s kind of cool is there’s a lot of my material in this project — some of the old songs I wrote with Wayne, going back to that, and even a new song. So, [it’s] pretty cool.”

He also added that he was “working together” with the band on the record:

“I was in the mix working on the stuff, so it definitely has my input in it. It goes back, so it’s very emotional and it’s very personal, because it’s stuff that me and Wayne wrote together. Like the first three songs that you hear that were exposed to the world — ‘Road To Hell‘, ‘Something Of My Own‘ and ‘Hollow‘ — those are all three songs I co-wrote with Wayne. Actually, ‘Road To Hell‘ is a brand new song, so I was involved enough to work on some new music too with these guys. I’m proud to hear it, and it’s exciting that this stuff is coming out.”

[via Blabbermouth]