The surviving members of STATIC-X‘s original lineup — bassist Tony Campos, drummer Ken Jay and guitarist Koichi Fukuda — will embark on the “Wisconsin Death Trip” 20th-anniversary tour in June. Co-headlining the trek will be DEVILDRIVER, with support from DOPE.
STATIC-X plans to perform the majority of its debut album at each show. The dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away more than four years ago.
A tour promo teaser, containing a brand new audio/video clip of STATIC-X performing “Push It”, can be seen below.
“Our intention is to pay ultimate respect to Wayne and to celebrate the music that has been in all of our hearts for more than 20 years,” says Campos. “It’s all about channeling the vibe from 1999 to the best of our ability and playing those classic STATIC-X songs live and loud with the fans.”
“Rehearsals have been awesome,” adds Fukuda. “The music and the vocals are sounding really great! I feel like Wayne would be proud.”
“We understand that people are naturally going to want to know more about who is singing,” says Jay. “We have discussed this at great length and we came to the conclusion that at this time, it would be inappropriate for us to put the focus on anyone other than Wayne, Tony, Koichi and myself. This feels like the best way for us to celebrate Wayne‘s legacy, along with the 20th anniversary of ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’, with all of our fans.”
June 18 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
June 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
June 21 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
June 22 – Houston, TX @ The Warehouse
June 23 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
June 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
June 26 – Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
June 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
June 29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
June 30 – Scranton, PA @ Level
July 02 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
July 03 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
July 04 – Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
July 05 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
July 06 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
July 07 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
July 09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel’s
July 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
July 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel
July 12 – Ft Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
July 13 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
July 14 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
July 16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
July 18 – Cadott, WI @ Cadott Rockfest
July 19 – Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Casino
July 20 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
July 21 – Belvidere, IL @ Apollo Theater
July 23 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
July 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Catch One
July 27 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Campos, Fukuda and Jay will release a new album, “Project Regeneration”, later in the year. The disc will feature a treasure chest of vocal performances and musical compositions left behind by Wayne. Along with the help of STATIC-X‘s long-time producer Ulrich Wild, the band is in the process of completing its seventh studio album, which will feature between 12 and 15 brand new STATIC-X tracks.
“We had a lot of material to work with… several demos that Wayne left behind, as well as some really great isolated vocal performances from some nearly finished songs,” said Campos. “Together, we have been writing and crafting something very special!”
Last fall, STATIC-X released a teaser featuring clips from a brand-new music video, as well as five new STATIC-X tracks — “Road To Hell”, “Something Of My Own”, “Terminator Oscillator”, “Hollow” and “Disco Otsego” — along with a personal message from Campos about the inspiration behind “Project Regeneration”.
For the unfinished tracks, the band has invited several of its friends to lend their voices for the completion of this very personal project, including David Draiman (DISTURBED), Ivan Moody (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), Al Jourgensen (MINISTRY), Dez Fafara (COAL CHAMBER, DEVILDRIVER), Edsel Dope (DOPE) and Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY).
STATIC-X has created a pre-order campaign allowing fans who purchase “Project Regeneration” in advance to have their name appear in the liner notes of the new album. Additional special pre-order package options are also available, including “Project Regeneration” merch bundles and several old-school STATIC-X merch items to commemorate the 20th anniversary of “Wisconsin Death Trip”. Pre-orders are available via www.static-x.org.
“This is a celebration of STATIC-X, ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’, Wayne Static, and all of our fans,” added Campos. “We are very excited about what we have created, so we wanted to involve the fans early, and in a campaign sort of way, so that they can participate with us and help to dictate some of the things that we do.”
“Reuniting with the guys has been an amazing experience,” said Jay. “It’s been so much fun sharing stories and working on new music together. Obviously, it is bittersweet because we all miss Wayne and we wish that he was here with us, doing what he did best… Evil Disco…”
“I am so excited to play STATIC-X songs live again,” said Fukuda. “The STATIC-X sound is so big and powerful live! I can’t wait to play songs like ‘Bled For Days’, ‘Push It’ and ‘I’m With Stupid’ again.”
“We feel very grateful that we have such a loyal fan base that misses the band, and misses Wayne, and I know that Wayne would appreciate all the heart and effort that we are putting into this,” said Campos. “I’ve had some very heartfelt discussions with Wayne‘s family about doing this. They were very touched by the amount of love and effort that we have put into this new album and they have given us their full support. Having the blessing of Wayne‘s family means the world to us! I know in my heart that Wayne would be very proud!
Wayne Static died after mixing Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol, according to the coroner’s report. The 48-year-old Static, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, was found dead in his Landers, California home on November 1, 2014.
Static founded STATIC-X in 1994 and achieved commercial success with “Wisconsin Death Trip”, which included the rock radio hit “Push It”.
The group issued five more studio albums before disbanding permanently in June 2013. Static had been pursuing a solo career at the time of his death.