Wayne Static has once again pulled the plug on his industrial metal band STATIC-X after failing to come to an agreement with the group's former bassist Tony Campos over the rights to tour and record under the STATIC-X name.
Wayne announced in June 2012 that was resurrecting STATIC-X with a brand new lineup and was hitting the road as part of the "Noise Revolution Tour". The trek, which marked STATIC-X's first outing since they announced a hiatus in 2009, was cut short last October so that Wayne could "return to Los Angeles and prepare for some medical procedures to remedy problems that have been hampering his performance."
During an appearance at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California, Wayne said that STATIC-X would embark on the "Wisconsin Death Tour" later this year during which the band would perform its 1999 debut album, "Wisconsin Death Trip", in its entirety. However, those plans now appear to have been scrapped, as Wayne explained to The Gauntlet in a brand new video interview.
"The first leg of the ['Noise Revolution'] tour actually went pretty well," he said. "I wanted to try to get the whole STATIC-X going again, get the name out there, so I made this deal with Tony, my former bass player, who owns 50 percent of STATIC-X — which him and I haven't been getting along for years; it was really bad at the end. The last couple of tours, we never talked or anything like that. So I made this deal with Tony where I paid him 'X' amount of dollars quarterly to use the name STATIC-X, which I thought was a pretty generous deal; he got a lot of money for doing nothing, for just sitting on his ass doing nothing. I wish someone would give me some money for doing nothing."
He continued: "I ended up developing this really bad hernia throughout the tour. And it kept getting worse and worse. It was from touring. I'm getting older and I guess I was pushing myself too hard; we were doing six shows in a row and all that kind of thing. I had a hernia belt on and I was shoving crap in there, trying to keep my guts from pushing out on stage. It was just getting worse and worse and worse, and it just got to the point where I couldn't do it anymore, so I had to cancel the tour. And then I asked Tony if we could take a break on the deal. Obviously, if I'm not working, how am I supposed to pay him? I don't shit money; I am not made out of money. So he pretty much told me to fuck off. He's, like, 'Boohoohoo, you have a hernia. Sorry. Give me my money.' I told him, 'Dude, give me a few months off to recuperate, and then we'll start up the deal again.' 'Cause I wanted to keep touring. But he wouldn't do it. Apparently, he was really pissed off because I said in some interviews that STATIC-X were never, like, all gret buddies and friends and all that kind of stuff, and we never hung out. So he told me, like, 'Since you said we're not friends, then why should I help you out?' I'm, like, 'Who gives a fuck? It's business, dude.' And that's the truth — we weren't friends; we never hung out. And there's nothing wrong with that; there's a lot of bands like that.
"I wasn't dissing him or any of the other guys in STATIC-X. The original lineup, we got on stage, we had a great chemistry, it was awesome, and then when we left the stage, we never talked to each other. There's a lot of bands that way. Who cares? What's wrong with it?
"So that's pretty much the end of it. Tony wouldn't give me the break. I had to go have my surgery and take my time off, and he wouldn't give me the break, so the deal lapsed, the deal's done, STATIC-X is done. The end. No more STATIC-X."
He added: "The last e-mail Tony sent me, he said he hopes we never have to talk again. And I said, 'Believe me, this is the last you'll ever hear from me.' And that's the way we left. And it sucks. I think it's sad that things have to end that way. And it happens to a lot of bands."
Asked if he would be open to reforming STATIC-X with Campos if Tony ever called him and wanted to be a part of the band again, Wayne said: "I've always been open to that. It's like [with] any of the guys… If they wanna call me up and say, 'Sorry I was an asshole to your wife. And maybe we should get together and some money.' We can talk. I'm open to talking. I don't see it happening, though."
He continued: "There would be no STATIC-X if I didn't write all the songs. And these guys never quite got that through their head. I don't wanna take away… Yes, they added parts to the songs — they did add their flavor to the songs. But I basically wrote everything, I did most of the legwork, I put everything together, and I don't think they really ever really quite grasped that. And they were very disrespectful with a lot of business end."
"Cult of Static", the most recent album from STATIC-X, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release in March 2009 to debut at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart.
STATIC-X's previous CD, "Cannibal", opened with more than 30,000 copies back in April 2007 to land at No. 36. This represented a slight drop from the 35,000 tally registered by the band's "Start A War" album, which came out in June 2005 and debuted at No. 29.