The news that most definitely marked last week in guitar-driven is the tragic passing of Static-X frontman Wayne Static.
Wayne left us peacefully in his sleep on November 1, leaving us too soon at the age of 48. Celebrating his life, we're bringing you a rundown of Mr. Static's greatest moments.
1973: Eight-Year-Old Wayne Wins a Musical Talent Contest
Some might say one of the moments when young Static seriously opted to go down the road of a musician. He was eight years old and won the show fair and square by performing "Skip to My Lou." Now that's some metal for ya!
1987: Wayne Founds Deep Blue Dream With Billy Corgan
Before they reached fame with Static-X and The Smashing Pumpkins, Wayne and Billy Corgan founded a band together. They went by the name of Deep Blue Dream, but didn't last long. However, the group served as one of the crucial steps in the foundation of Static-X.
1994: Static-X Is Founded
Five years before dropping the bomb called "Wisconsin Death Trip," Static-X began their musical journey in the city of Los Angeles. Apart from Wayne, the lineup consisted of Tony Campos on bass, Koichi Fukuda on guitar, and Ken Jay behind the drum kit.
1999: 'Wisconsin Death Trip' Unleashed
Propelling the band among the top acts of the uprising metal movement at the time, "Wisconsin Death Trip" was a strong debut that featured some of the band's most popular hits such as "Push It," "I'm With Stupid" and "Bled for Days." The record was supported with heavy touring, as the band performed over 300 dates within a year.
2000: Band Rocks Ozzfest
One of the band's first major gigs took place at the 2000 edition of Ozzfest. The band was in full swing, jamming hit singles left and right.
2001: 'Wisconsin Death Trip' Certified Platinum
All the hard work really paid off two years after the debut's release, as in 2001 "Wisconsin Death Trip" officially sold over one million copies.
2001: Success Continues With 'Machine'
As the band toured their debut release, Wayne got worried and began writing fresh material by himself, causing a friction within the band that would ultimately culminate with numerous personal and legal issues. However, at the time band managed to avoid being a one hit wonder with the successful release of "Machine," which was ultimately certified gold.
2002: 'Queen of the Damned' Soundtrack Stint
Between the studio albums, Wayne found time to appear on the soundtrack for "Queen of the Damned" soundtrack. The frontman delivered vocals for the "Not Meant for Me" track, written by Korn's Jonathan Davis.
2007: Rocking Ozzfest Again
2007 saw the guys returning to Ozzfest, rocking the event hard yet again.
2009: Final Static-X Album 'Cult of Static' Released
The last ever Static-X album, "Cult of Static," saw its release on March 17, 2009. With 19,000 units sold in the US within the first week, it debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the band's highest-charting release since "Machine."
2011: First Solo Album, 'Pighammer'
Marking Wayne's final studio album, his solo debut "Pighammer" saw its release on October 4, 2011 as a tribute to Static's recently found sobriety.
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