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Static-X

Formed: 1997
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Static-X News

Below is our complete Static-X 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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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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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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"Project Rogue" Crowd Funding Campaign Announced

Project Rogue is a new crowd funding project featuring existing Rogue Records America artists teaming up with 16 cross-genre metal titans to create a new studio and video project.

You can find the perks for donating and make your own contribution to the project at this location. All the Project Rogue artists will collaborate together, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Raymond Herrera - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Shavo Odadjian - System Of A Down
Chris Adler - Lamb Of God
Rob Barrett - Cannibal Corpse
John Boecklin - Devildriver
Paul Masvidal - Death/Cynic
David Davidson - Revocation
Sean Reinert - Death/Cynic
Jon Howard - Threat Signal/Arkaea
Mitch Harris - Napalm Death
Jed Simon - Scar The Martyr/Strapping Young Lad
Frank Watkins - Obituary/Gorgoroth
Wayne Static - Static X
Christian Olde Wolbers - Fear Factory/Arkaea
Pat Lachman - Damageplan
Logan Mader - Machine Head/Soulfly
JD Schmidt - Nociceptor
Robert Luciani - Means End
Vincent Zylstra - Synthetic Breed
Andrew Zink - Akeldama
Connor Reibling - Akeldama

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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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Michael Amott, Wayne Static Appear In Video Game

Metal music stars Wayne Static and Michael Amott have become boss characters in "Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes," a new video game due out July 17th.

Following the recent announcement of Joe Satriani, Andrew W.K. and Misha Mansoor of Periphery appearing as heroic assists within the game, today the real-world musicians who will appear as boss characters when "Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes" arrives on iOS platforms later this month have been revealed. The creators of the game comment:

"Evil Disco Storm bringer, Wayne Static (Static-X) returns to electrify the city streets, leaving a wasteland in his wake. Beware: High Voltage! Original Voice Acting and SFX Performances. Collaborated on unique Boss Theme featuring 'Pighammer' audio masters. Reprising his role from the Eternal Descent comic series (Vol.1 #4)

"Metal Master Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars) commands his Khaos Legions at the gates of hell. Imbued with Khaos Magic and Hellfire! Original Guitar performances from Arch Enemy's 'Khaos Legions'. Collaborated on unique Boss Theme based on 'Yesterday is Dead And Gone'. Reprising his role from the Eternal Descent comic series (Vol.2 #5-6)

"Fight your way through to the depths of the underworld and face a mysterious final boss. Dark Lord of the Pit! Original Guitars and theme by ED creator Llexi Leon."

The game will be available on iTunes for £1.99, with a series of updates and expansions planned throughout the year. Android, PC, and home console versions are planned throughout 2014. More...

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Static-X Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

With much regret, Static-X has been forced to pull off the remaining dates of the band's 2012 tour following a final show in Flint, MI on Saturday October 6th. Wayne Static will return to Los Angeles and prepare for some medical procedures to remedy problems that have been hampering his performance.

Wayne relays his personal apologies: "I'm so sorry to all my fans but I cant give you the 1000% you deserve from Static-X every night right now. Evil disco will continue in 2013. Just wait until you see whats next!!!"

Emmure and Ill Nino will be continuing on the currently scheduled dates. In a few weeks Static-X has been allowed to perform on local shows in Lancaster, CA on Oct 27th and Ventura, CA on Oct 28th. Follow Static-X on Facebook for upcoming information and announcements right here.

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Prong Cancels Upcoming Shows With Static-X

Due to circumstances beyond the band's control, Prong has been forced to pull out of some shows on the current tour run, including headline dates and shows with Static-X. The band will still be playing the "Knot Fest" and will resume touring starting with a headlining date in Portland, OR at The Hawthorne Theater.

According to a statement, the band is very sorry about the cancellations and plans on hitting the East Coast in full force as soon as possible. Prong's remaining tour dates are:

KNOT FEST:
8/17: Pacific Junction, IA @ Mid-America Motorplex
8/18: Somerset, WI @ Float-Rite Amphitheater

Headline Show:
8/31: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

BUMBERSHOOT 2012:
9/1: Seattle, WA @ Seattle Center

Headline Shows:
9/2: Richland, WA @ Ray's Golden Lion
9/3: Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat
9/4: Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater

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Static-X Announces Summer Tour

Static-X has begun announcing tour dates for Summer 2012. The band, fronted by Singer/Guitarist Wayne Static, will embark on dates beginning July 15th at the Ink Life Tattoo Convention at the El Paso Coliseum.

Static commented on the upcoming tour saying, "I had a great time over the past few years doing my Pighammer album and solo tours, but it's time to get Static-X back on the road. I can’t wait to tear it up with some old school Evil Disco!”

Original bassist Tony Campos will not be joining the band on this tour but says “I’m proud of my years with Static X, and want to see the name of the band stay alive and well. I hope that all of our fans will continue to support both Wayne and I in our individual endeavors.” This first leg will feature newcomers Davey Suicide and 9 Electric, and are just the beginning of a long string of dates. Expect more announcements soon for additional shows.

7/15 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
7/16 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
7/17 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
7/18 Dallas, TX @ Trees
7/19 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
7/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
7/23 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
7/24 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
7/25 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
7/26 Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
7/27 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/30 Norfolk, VA @ Norva

With Prong:
8/1: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore (Silver Spring)
8/3: N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/5: South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
8/6: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
8/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
8/15: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls

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Prong Announces Shows With Static-X

Prong will be touring all summer in support of "Carved Into Stone." The band has confirmed a tour this August with Static-X. The run kicks off August 1st in Silver Spring, MD and goes through August 29th in Las Vegas, NV. In between those dates Prong will be taking part in the inaugural "Knotfest" August 17th in Pacific Junction, IA and August 18th in Somerset, WI. Select headline dates and other festival appearances are scheduled as well. A complete list of all tour dates can be found below.

Frontman Tommy Victor spoke about touring with Static-X: "Static-X has been carrying the torch for no-nonsense, hard hitting music for many years and it's an honor to tour with them. They've put out great records again and again and I've witnessed their live show so many times and never been disappointed. It's going to be fun to see them every night tearing it up with those killer riffs, great beats and raucous hooks! Prong officially thanks Wayne and company for this opportunity!"

Wayne Static also commented about touring with Prong: "I'm very excited to have Prong join the tour. Over the years Prong has had a huge influence on many musicians, including myself, and I am honored to share the stage with them." More...

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Former Biohazard Singer Reveals New Band

Former Biohazard frontman Evan Seinfeld has revealed that he has formed a new band named Attika7. You can check out a video of Seinfeld announcing a group at a recent Down show below. Attika7 will be making their live debut on November 10th at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California.

The group's lineup is as follows:

- Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) - vocals
- Rusty Coones - guitar
- Tony Campos (Ministry, Soulfly, former Static-X) - bass
- Dustin Shoenhofer (Walls Of Jericho) - drums More...

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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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Static-X Frontman To Release Solo Album

Static-X frontman Wayne Static has announced that he will be releasing a new solo album, titled "Pighammer," on October 4, 2011 through Dirthouse Records. You can view the album's track listing below. Wayne Static commented on the album's theme by saying;

"The Pighammer concept conjures up bizarre images. It’s about a mad plastic surgeon, with a pig fetish, that likes to convert hot chicks into pigs. It is the total opposite if what a plastic surgeon would do. He has this crazy hammer device made from a pig foot. The images of the surgery in the CD package are only a dark comedic visualization of the real theme of the album, which is my transformation."

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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Soulfly Reveals New Bass Player

Tribal metal outfit Soulfly has announced that the group has recruited former Static-X, Prong, and Ministry bass player Tony Campos into the band, replacing former bassist Bobby Burns, who left the group in July of last year.

Campos will be performing his first show with Soulfly at a Belgian festival on July 31st. Stay tuned for further information.

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We Are The Fallen Readies First Single and Tour

Universal Republic Records' We Are The Fallen will unleash their first single, "Bury Me Alive," exclusively via the digital domain on February 2nd. The fivesome is comprised of the original members of multiplatinum band Evanescence, guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt along with drummer Rocky Gray, joined by American Idol finalist Carly Smithson on vocals. Acclaimed bassist Marty O’Brien (Disturbed and Static-X, among others) rounds out We Are The Fallen.

The group is already preparing to give fans a live taste of the reportoire fueling their upcoming Universal Republic debut album, due out later in the year - hitting the road in support of Finnish rock stalwarts H.I.M. The extensive, 28 city tour launches in Philadelphia, PA, on March 27th, hurtling through multiple major cities such as Boston, MA, on March 28th, Cleveland, OH, on April 1st, Chicago IL, on April 9th, Los Angeles, CA, on April 23rd, and winding down in New York City on May 7th.

Guitarist Ben Moody has been publicly crediting the group's unique chemistry as the driving force behind We Are The Fallen, describing Carly Smithson's role as a "true partner," and a key component to We Are The Fallen's overall sound. Moody left the platinum-plus breakthrough rock act Evanesence in 2003, and has since co-written major hits for Chris Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson among others. Evanescence’s groundbreaking 2003 album, "Fallen," spent 43 weeks on the Billboard Top Ten Albums Chart, selling 15 million copies worldwide, and 7 million + albums in the U.S. alone.

For Smithson, We Are The Fallen completes her dream - after exiting American Idol - of becoming a creative force in a "vital" band environment. Carly Smithson was a sixth place finisher during Season 7 of the television series American Idol.

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Static-X Announces Austrailian Tour Dates

Static-X has announced the following tour dates in Austrailia in support of their new album, "CULT OF STATIC:"

11/10 - HiFi - Brisbane
11/11 - Metro - Sydney
11/12 - HiFi - Melbourne
11/13 - Fowlers - Adelaide
11/15 - Capitol - Perth

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"Brutal Legend" Track Listing Revealed

GameDaily.com is reporting that the track listing for the upcoming heavy metal themed video game "Brutal Legend," which features the voice of Jack Black, has been revealed. The projected track listing can be viewed below. "Brutal Legend" is set to be released on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe. More...

Read the full article at GameDaily.com.

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Static-X Announces Headlining Tour Dates

Static-X announces additional headlining tour dates along with the Pedal To The Metal tour coming your way this summer 2009.

Static-X front-man Wayne Static says of the tour: “I’m very picky about who we tour with. I think Static-X slaughter most bands live, and I pride myself in our show – I refuse to open for a band that I don’t think is worthy, so that says a lot about Mudvayne, Zakk Wylde, and this entire package.” More...

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