STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static (real name: Wayne Wells) has responded to SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's comments regarding the crowd reaction to STATIC-X while opening for SLAYER in 2001.
During a recent interview with Cleveland's "The Metal Show", Araya slammed STATIC-X while discussing their joint tour, which also featured PANTERA, MORBID ANGEL, among others. The following is an excerpt from the interview:
The Metal Show: It's not like the SLAYER fans are very giving when it comes to anybody but you guys playing.
Tom Araya: "Well, they kind of are, especially if you're good. You know…they'll give into you."
The Metal Show: I don't know, man. I saw you guys here on the tour with PANTERA and STATIC-X where STATIC-X got booed right off the stage while people were chanting "SLAYER!"
Tom Araya: "Dude, come on. You're talking about STATIC-X. (laughing a lot) One night…it's pretty understandable why they got booed (Laughs)."
The Metal Show: Very nice, man, I’m sure they are thrilled to hear that.
Tom Araya: "I'm sure they will be! (Laughs)."
You can hear the interview in its entirety at Pitriff.com (Real Player required). This specific exchange can be heard about 9 minutes, 3 seconds into the conversation.
Responding to Araya's comments, Wayne wrote in a posting on the official STATIC-X message board, "As far as Tom's comments: I like Tom, we've toured together and he's always been cool with me. I hope he was just joking around. I make it a habit not to talk bad of any band, even jokingly, but whatever. For the record, we never got booed off the stage opening for SLAYER. Yes, there were a few knuckleheads at some shows flipping us off, but as Tom said, that's the norm at their shows."