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Wayne Static

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Latest Wayne Static News

Below is our complete Wayne Static news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 37

We’re still accepting submissions for our ticket giveaway contests through Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live this month - for Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flame) next Friday, November 14th, and for The Ghost Inside (supported by Every Time I Die and Architects) on Sunday, November 30th. If interested, submit your full name (matching your ID) to podcast@metalunderground.com, with one of the headlining bands in the subject line.

This week, we showcase the songs “Left For Dead” and “3 Ring” by Louisville, KY rapcore outfit Corprit Convict, which co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) chalk up to a politically charged, raw, low-budget incarnation of Otep. Then Mike plugs the new album “As The World Burns” from Pitch Black Forecast, an underground side project of vocalist Jason “J-Mann” Popson (Mushroomhead) and drummer Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.). The album contains guest appearances from Devin Townsend, Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), and is out now on Ferocious Records.

The big news of the week is, of course, the untimely death of industrial metal entertainer Wayne Static (ex-Static-X) last Saturday, November 1st. Stay tuned for a full round of discussion not only on the circumstances of Static’s passing, but on his career and musical legacy as well.

Listen in here, enjoy, and subscribe via iTunes and RSS feed.

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Tera Wray Comments On Wayne Static's Death

Three days ago Wayne Static's publicist issued a brief statement indicating Static's cause of death was not drug related. The following is an additional response from Tera Wray Static to friends and fans:

"Today is my husband’s birthday and instead of celebrating his 49th year of life, we are grieving his short 48 years. It has come to my attention that many have questions and opinions about the cause of the death of my husband in which I now find is necessary to further respond.

"Wayne was not taking drugs, if anything he was a drinker, and did not OD. The autopsy will be done by this weekend at the soonest, however for some of the test results it will take up to 6 months to get the actual death certificate finalized. I hope that the results I am given will have some insight, but they told me what I will receive this weekend will be deemed incomplete until all tests are back.

"We can all have opinions as to why – We all know that both Wayne and I had abused narcotics with alcohol in the past, which I am sure took a toll on his body, heart and soul. We were packing to travel on tour and were to leave that night, but it was Halloween and we decided to leave in the morning with our animals. I wish we had traveled that night then maybe had he fallen ill we could have gotten to the hospital. I will never know.

"I find it disrespectful to our families and myself for negative spins that are being posted. For Wayne’s music peers to take it upon themselves to make comment about us, when they are not part of our daily lives or know us outside of tour and music, just to grab a headline to get themselves at the top of the gossip page is disgusting. This is not about you or what you feel is your expert opinion on people you have no relationship with, so shame on you – Do not act like we liked your band either. Wayne was a good soul and he is gone – That is what we do know. Please show some respect to him and his memory - We thank all that have left kind and positive messages in support of this terrible time - I am sure Wayne misses you too."

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9Electric Posts New Track Featuring Wayne Static

In the aftermath of Wayne Static's passing, 9Electric has uploaded a new mix of the song “Destroy As You Go.”

Says the band: “Today would have been Wayne Static’s 49th birthday. For all the fans of Wayne Static who are mourning his untimely passing as we are, we offer the gift of the song “Destroy As You Go,” on YouTube.

“We recorded the song in late 2010, before we had played our first show in 2011. Wayne was gracious enough to lend his voice to the track and he and his wife Tera even had a bit of a laugh at how reminiscent the song was to Static-X’s sound. It was such a fun day in the studio recording the song as the video below illustrates. In 2012, Wayne took us out on the road and even jumped on stage a few times to rock ‘DESTROY’ with us! Wayne believed in 9E from the very start and we will always be incredibly grateful for the opportunities that he gave our band.

“Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers, as they are suffering during this time of mourning. We need to come together as a family to say happy birthday, thank you and goodbye to an icon and a kind man that we were lucky enough to call a friend.”

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Update Issued On Wayne Static's Death

After it was announced yesterday that Wayne Static had passed away, rumors began circulating the cause of death was drug related. Today the following press release was issued by Wayne Static's publicist regarding the situation:

"Today is a sad day in the music industry – Front-man and founding member Wayne Static of Static-X passed away quietly in his sleep at his home last night.

"The couple was getting ready to leave for a Fall/Winter tour this morning. They were to have left the night before on Halloween, but decided they would head out early in the morning November 1st.

"The couple, known for partying heavy, had left hard drugs in 2009 and had not touched them since. Static’s first solo album – Pighammer - was a tribute to his new non-drug life and hoped it would help others to get clean from hard chemical drugs.

"More official information about his passing will be released in the following days. This is not a drug related incident or an O. D. Please be courteous to his family and wife and leave positive messages."

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Headline News

Wayne Static Dies

Update: although no cause of death has been released, Wayne Static's publicist has now issued a statement available here stating drugs were not involved.

Sources close to Wayne Richard Wells, a.k.a. Wayne Static, former mastermind of California industrial metal crew Static-X, have confirmed that the guitarist/vocalist has died at the age of 48.

Details are still sketchy, but inside sources indicate the death may have been drug-related. Micah Electric, drummer of Hollywood-based industrial rockers 9Electric, issued the following via social media:

"My friend Wayne Static has passed away.

"So glad to have known him, recorded with him, toured with him, partied with him and had MANY real conversations with him. He was a good soul who chose the wrong path.

"He will be missed."

Static-X released six studio albums through Warner Bros. Records over the ten-year span of 1999-2009. After formally disbanding the group, Static launched a solo career in a similar musical vein and released the debut album "Pighammer" in 2011.

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Wayne Static Announces Tour With Drowning Pool

Wayne Static will be co-headlining throughout the United Kingdom and Russia with Drowning Pool early next year. The tour kicks off on January 8th in Ekaterinburg, Russia and wraps up in Bristol, England on January 25th.

Wayne will be playing his 1999 Platinum album "Wisconsin Death Trip" in its entirety while Drowning Pool will perform the complete Platinum debut album "Sinner." Wayne Static comments:

“What can I say... It's been far too long since we've played the UK and this will be our first time in Russia. To say I'm excited would be an understatement! For those of you still wondering what to expect from my solo band, don't fear, we're still bringing the Evil Disco with a ton of classic Static-X and a couple from my solo record, Pighammer. I have the best band ever backing me up and the shit's on fire! Add our friends Drowning Pool to the mix and this is gonna be an awesome tour!” More...

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Wayne Static Announces New Tour Dates

Wayne Static (formerly of Static-X) will be hitting the road this Fall on a co-headline run with Powerman 5000. American Head Charge will provide support on most dates.

The tour will kick off November 6th in Waterloo, IA and is currently scheduled to run through November 30th in McCallen, TX.

A list of dates can be found below, with more to be added in the coming weeks. Wayne Static also comments:

"2014 has been an awesome year! We just finished up the 15th anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip tour. I’ve got the best band behind me that I’ve ever had, and I am very excited to round out the year with a co-headline tour with Powerman 5000. It’s another 15th anniversary tour! It’s a testament to both bands that we are both still going strong and the timing is perfect for us to tour together again. I am equally excited to share the stage with American Head Charge again. I believe it was 2005 when we toured together last. This is a great line up and this tour is gonna kill!" More...

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Behemoth Mystifies Texas Independence Fest

Come And Take It Productions started Texas Independence Fest in Austin as a way to bring together friends and family in a celebration of Texas. Previous years featured performances by Down, David Allan Coe, Upon a Burning Body, Dixie Witch and many more. This year's festival saw a mix of local and touring acts. Wayne Static of Static-X and We Are The Riot (members of Coal Chamber) brought familiarity to the day's acts, while The Metal Alliance Tour featuring Behemoth, 1349, Inquisition, Goatwhore and Black Crown Initiate painted the afternoon sky black.

The doors to Emo's opened at noon and I arrived around a quarter to 2 in time to catch Denton, Texas melodic death/black outfit Tarim. According to a Come And Take It personnel, Tarim won Come And Take It's battle of the bands, which landed them on this spot. Ten hours is a lot of music to take in. This was my time to coordinate interviews times, but the band, playing material from "The Philosopher King," caught my ears and kept them. They definitely deserved to be on Emo's big stage, and would have proved a tighter fit to the evening's black out.

I missed Casket of Cassandra but caught the following band, Headcrusher. Former residents of Colombia , these deathly thrashers have become a staple in Austin's metal scene. The five-piece band often plays Come And Take It Production shows commonly held at the Dirty Dog Bar. Although this was the first time I caught their act on Emo's stage, it wasn't the band's largest crowd. Festival crowds brought in several times more people than the couple hundred watching the band's mid-day performance. It doesn't matter how many people watch this group; Headcrusher played hard and aggressive. Fans of Gothenburg-style metal such as Dimension Zero, Dark Tranquility and Carnal Forge take note of Headcrusher. More...

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Smile Empty Soul To Tour With Wayne Static

Smile Empty Soul has announced an upcoming West Coast tour, "The Civil Unrest Tour," with headliner Wayne Static. Otep, Dope, and Thira will round out the bill for the tour beginning May 8th in Fresno, California. A full list of confirmed "The Civil Unrest Tour" dates can be seen below.

"We're excited to be touring with this great group of bands that have been doing this at a high level for so long," said Smile Empty Soul guitarist/vocalist, Sean Danielsen. "It's a real quality lineup."

Smile Empty Soul is touring in support of its sixth studio album, "Chemicals," which was released in October. Catch the band live: More...

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Static-X Officially Calls It Quits

After a series of on-again, off-again reunions and breakups over the last several years, it appears Static-X is now officially dead. Wayne Static posted the following message online at the Static-X Facebook profile:

"Heads Up Y'all, with the Static X name dissolved, this page as well as the website may be going down soon.

"Be sure to like my personal page so that we can keep in touch and just to clarify, yes, I will be playing Static X songs on our Wisconsin Death Tour next year! I will post the new website info soon from my Facebook page."

Wayne Static has been touring as a solo act with a backing band after releasing the "Pighammer" album, and also recently appeared in the video game "Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes."

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Defiler Joining Wayne Static On Tour

Castro Valley, CA's Defiler, which recently re-issued the debut album "Pangaea" through Stillborn Records, will be hitting the road this February in support of Wayne Static and Polkadot Cadaver, hitting a myriad of cities never before played by the band.

Defiler will join the tour on February 6th in Atlanta, GA and will be making its way up the East Coast and back towards home, finishing up in Reno, NV. The band will be performing a number of new songs while on the road. Defiler also recently inked a record deal with a new label home, with more details to be announced soon.

Tour dates are as follows:

Feb 6 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb 7 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan's Music Hall
Feb 8 Towson, MD @ Recher Theater
Feb 9 Hampton, NH @ Wally's
Feb 10 Worcester, MA @ Tammany Hall
Feb 11 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Feb 13 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 14 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Feb 15 Covington, KY @ Bangarang's
Feb 16 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
Feb 17 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Feb 18 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Feb 19 Mankata, MN @ Buster's
Feb 21 Missoula, MT @ Monk's
Feb 22 Idaho Falls, ID @ Shiloh Convention Center
Feb 23 Reno, NV @ Cargo

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Wayne Static Announces U.S. Shows

Wayne Static is delivering an early holiday present to his fans in the western U.S. with a handful of live shows that begin December 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada and includes a performance at Denver's premiere rock station KBPI-FM's Mistletoe Jam on December 16th. The dates are in support of his recently released debut solo album, "Pighammer."

Static will be performing songs from the new album along with fan favorite Static-X songs on this run of dates, which will be followed in early 2012 with a North American tour to be announced shortly.

12/14 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
12/15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex/Vertigo
12/16 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium/KBPI Mistletoe Jam
12/17 Gallup, NM @ Slopshot Billiards
12/18 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

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Wayne Static Streaming Entire New Album

Wayne Static is currently sharing with fans his entire new release "Pighammer" by streaming the album online via Facebook. Head over to the Wayne Static Facebook profile at this location to check out "Pighammer."

The new album is due out October 4th, 2011 and has the following track listing:

1. Pighammer
2. Around the Turn
3. Assassins of Youth
4. Thunder Invader
5. Static Killer
6. She
7. Get it Together
8. Chrome Nation
9. Shifter
10. Slave
11. The Creatures Are Everywhere
12. Behind the Sky

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Static-X Frontman Releases Solo Music Video

Static X frontman Wayne Static has teamed up with Noisecreep to debut the music video for his new solo single "Assassins Of Youth." The clip is available for viewing below while his new solo album "Pighammer" is currently set for an October 4th release date through Dirthouse Records.

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Wayne Static Posts First Solo Single Online

Static-X frontman Wayne Static, who previously announced that he will be releasing a new solo album, titled "Pighammer," has posted the first single from this album. The song is titled "Assassins Of Youth" and can be heard below. "Pighammer" is due out on October 4, 2011 through Dirthouse Records.

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