This past Saturday in Las Vegas, NV marked the wrap of the first leg of the Static-X Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary tour with support from Raven Black, Wednesday 13, Dope, and Devil Driver, and the response from fans was overwhelmingly positive.
The Death Of Wayne Static
There was turmoil in the band way before Wayne’s death, finally inciting the break-up of Static-X in June of 2013. But when fans of Static-X heard that Wayne Static had passed, their hearts were heavy, and certainly never thought that they’d see Static-X take the stage again.
After Wayne’s Death, his (now late) wife, Tera Wray Static told of lost and un-published works of Wayne that she promised to produce and release to the public. That never happened because she committed suicide on January 13th, 2016.
The Birth Of Project Regeneration
On October 23rd, 2018, Static-X released an announcement stating a new project – Project Regeneration – where the old recordings of Wayne that Tera spoke of in the past would finally see the light of day! Fans were thrilled! Shortly after that on January 22, 2019, they announced the Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour & Memorial Tribute to Wayne Static, and fans went wild! We caught up with them just before the show started – see the entire interview below.
On June 18th, 2019, Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda, Ken Jay, and Xer0 took the stage in Tempe, Arizona with an un-matched camaraderie. The show starts off with lights darkened, with December creeping over the speakers. The stage light panels depict the photos of long past days, where the journey of Static-X began. Fans are legit weeping. Not only have we not heard much of this calming, yet ominous song in a concert setting, but to be the first song to open the show and ease us into what this tour is all about is, in a word, emotional.
The happiness that is evident by their grins on stage is palpable, and echoed by their fans. For a metal show, never have we seen so many smiles, positivity, and emotion. How they are choosing to memorialize Wayne is so unique and perfect. A front man in his likeness, who has done a phenomenal job so far, takes zero credit (pun intended), and completely defers to Wayne’s memory and the band Static-X. It’s truly a testament to the human condition – that we are capable of forgiveness, humility, healing, drive, confidence, and so much joy in the wake of such deep and complicated grief and sorrow.
The set list is Wisconsin Death Trip heavy, leaving out December and Stem, which were played over the sound system at the beginning and end of the show, respectively. The hits from Machine, Shadow Zone, Start A War, and Cannibal are all touched on too, making the show a non-stop juggernaut, with the exception of doing shots, of course!
Xer0’s identity is yet to be revealed, though there is speculation of it being Edsel Dope of Dope. Regardless, his voice is eerily similar to Wayne’s, and does a phenomenal job capturing his spirit in the performance.
After closing with Push It, Xer0 promptly exits the stage, taking no glory for his performance in any way, while Stem plays over the loud speakers and Ken, Koichi, and Tony address and thank the crowd.
We may have lost Wayne, but the good memories live on a hundred-fold. Fans are reunited during these shows not only amongst themselves, but most importantly, with the three founding members of Static-X in a celebration that will echo through time. A thing not thought possible is finally a reality, despite some minor negative feedback of fans. It took a lot of nerve and guts to put not only the project together, but to embark on a World Tour, and it’s paying off with lots of love and closure, memorializing the life and achievements of Mr. Wayne Static.
Make sure to check out other DWP interviews with Wayne Static:
Wisconsin Cheese Trip – A Recipe & Interview With The Static’s
Wayne Static Makes Time For The Troops
Static-X @ Marquee Theatre in Tempe AZ, June 18, 2019
Static-X @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, July 25, 2019
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Remaining World Tour Dates
Aug. 22 – Eatons Hill, Australia @ Eatons Hill Hotel
Aug. 23 – Melbourne, Australia @ The Croxton Bandroom
Aug. 24 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre
Aug. 26 – Hindmarsh, Australia @ The Gov
Aug. 27 – Fremantile, Australia @ Rock Rover
Sept. 18 – Kyiv, Ukraine @ Cashier ‘Atlas
Sept. 20 – Petersburg, Russian Federation @ Cosmonavt Club
Sept. 21 – Moskva, Russian Federation @ GLAVCLUB GREEN CONCERT
Sept. 24 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ SWX
Sept. 25 – Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Tramshed Cardiff
Sept. 26 – Camden, London, United Kingdom @ The Electric Ballroom
Sept. 27 – Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City
Sept. 28 – Leeds, United Kingdom @ Stylus
Sept. 29 – Southampton, United Kingdom @ Engine Rooms
Oct. 1 – Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom @ Northumbria Institute
Oct. 2 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ The Garage (Attic Bar)
Oct. 3 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Ritz Manchester
Oct. 4 – Birmingham, United Kingdom @ O2 Institute
Oct. 5 – Magny-Le-Hongre, France @ File 7
Oct. 6 – Antwerpen, Belgium @ Muziekcentrum Trix
Oct. 7 – Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle Hamburg
Oct. 9 – Köln, Germany @ Essigfabrik
Oct. 10 – MA, Germany @ MS Connexion Complex
Oct. 11 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Jugendkulturhaus Dynamo
Oct. 12 – Cervia, Italy @ Discoteca Rock Planet
Oct. 14 – Praha, Czech Republic @ MeetFactory
Nov. 08 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Nov. 09 – Tyler, TX @ Clicks
Nov. 10 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 12 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
Nov. 13 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Nov. 15 – Ft. Lauderdale @ Revolution
Nov. 16 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Nov. 17 – Destin, FL @ Club LA
Nov. 19 – Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim
Nov. 20 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
Nov. 22 – Albany, NY @ Skyloft
Nov. 23 – Providence, RI @ Providence Metal Fest at Fete Ballroom
Nov. 24 – New York, NY @ Sony Hall
Nov. 26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Nov. 27 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Nov. 29 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Live
Nov. 30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
Dec. 01 – Champaign, IL @ The City Center
Dec. 02 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Dec. 03 – Green Bay, WI @ Green Bay Distillery
Dec. 04 – St. Paul, MN @ The Myth
Dec. 05 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Dec. 06 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
Dec. 07 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
Dec. 08 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live
Featuring support from Wednesday 13 only (no DevilDriver, DOPE or Raven Black):
Dec. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Royal Bar
Dec. 11 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Dec. 12 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Dec. 13 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Dec. 14 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Dec. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Dec. 18 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55