Wayne Static Announces the End of Static-X

"I think it's sad that things have to end that way," the frontman said.

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Static-X mainman Wayne Static confirmed that after almost two decades of work, the US metal four-piece has finally reached the end.

According to singer/guitarist, the disputes between himself and the band's former bassist Tony Campos over the rights to the use of Static-X name have gone way too far, forcing him to disband the four-piece.

As Static explained it, Campos has the rights to half of the group's name, and although the two initially managed to reach an agreement, the hernia the frontman developed stirred up the tension, causing it to reach the breaking point.

"Him and I haven't been getting along for years," the frontman confessed during an interview with the Gauntlet. "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 a-s doing nothing. I wish someone would give me some money for doing nothing."

So after the singer developed hernia, he asked Campos to temporary put the deal to a halt, which was unacceptable for the bassist.

"I asked Tony if we could take a break on the deal," Static said. "Obviously, if I'm not working, how am I supposed to pay him? I don't sh-t money; I am not made out of money. So he pretty much told me to f--k 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."

The frontman further explained that some of his comments about the members of Static-X never being in good terms are what got the bassist agitated.

"Apparently, he was really pissed off because I said in some interviews that Static-X were never, like, all great 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 f--k? 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."

Finally, Static recalled the last time he was in contact with Campos, saying, "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 ... Static-X is done. The end. No more Static-X."

Static-X were on a hiatus since 2009; the singer recruited an entirely new lineup last year, but the band's plans got interrupted by his hernia.

The group was formed in 1994 and has released a total of six studio records. The final Static-X release, "Cult of Static," dropped in 2009 via Reprise Records, selling 19,000 copies in the US within the first week and peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart.

78 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Rastapunk
    Another band ****ed up over money... Wasn't it supposed to be about music?
    RC52190
    Let's not get too righteous. When you've been around nearly 20 years and you're a decade past your prime, like Satic-X, what else do you want it to be about for them? They played their "we're doing it for the music" part already.
    sweenster
    Rush has been around for over 40 years, not a single thing those guys have done has been about the money. All about the music, don't act like it's not impossible to stay true to yourself in the music business.
    Rastapunk
    Bands that make no money still play for music, your comment is irrelevant.
    Kyleisthename
    Dude, get real. You think people can live without money? This is their job.
    malacyman
    Take a look at the band Anvil. Great band and they do what they do for the music.
    Vicryl 2.0
    True.. but i dont want to ask my sister for money just so i can release a damn album.
    Rastapunk
    Music is a passion, you can play it for music or money, it's entirely up to you. Get real, we do need money, I'm talking about greed here.
    i_am_metalhead
    A decade past their prime? Static-X were still making good music.
    mysticguitar77
    Cult of Static and Wayne's solo CD were not all that great to be honest, but they were a solid band up until then.
    schneiderc
    I agree, but Pighammer was a step in the right direction (imo). Def liked it more than Cult of Static
    rebornmaster9
    damn shame, i never really got into them but this shit sucks
    nboyjn
    Honestly, I was unaware that they were even active at this point. I was never really a fan, but I agree with you, totally.
    Roarz
    holy shit didnt realise they were still going, thats quite a long time for a band to be together.
    Ishiga
    Supposed to be about music, but more often than not once the money starts really flowing it's never about the music anymore. That's part of the rock star dream, big crowds, big paychecks. If you don't want money, you record at home and put out youtube stuff. The bands that tour constantly are either in it for the fans or the money.
    eddiehimself
    Fuck you, Tony Campos. Getting paid to do **** all and that's not even good enough. It's not even that much of a great name. Static-X. I mean, it sounds like the sort of name someone came up with in about 5 seconds.
    CTGraphixGuy
    Campos sounds like a total douche.
    District
    Yeah, that's Wayne Static talking. I've heard him talk bad about Tony Campos when he left the band and believe me, Static ain't no sweetie himself. Not to mention he went solo, didn't get an income and just renamed his solo band to Static-X so he would get some money again.
    the_small_guy
    It always seemed obvious Wayne did most of the leg work in that band, it seems a shame for someone to work so hard and not be able to keep the name of something he worked so hard for. Tony wasn't even a badass bassist.
    Dime6String
    I liked Wisconsin Death Trip, but never got into them beyond that. Sucks to hear it all ended the way it did!
    zigabric
    Holy shit, thats the exact story of my ex band :O Except for paying the bassist part and hot chicks on the tour bus.
    metalchris87
    Why not just go solo use his name Wayne Static and play Static X songs? Its basically what he's been doing and that way he doesn't have to pay that jerk.
    KampfOrange
    It's sad that so many bands break up because of money issues these days. Can't they just get rid of the bassist and rename the band?
    johnnytheboss
    Damn... It's end of Evil Disco? :C Please don't ;_; Wayne, find another bassist, fck Tony...
    third(-)eye
    Saddening; never really "got into" them, but they were one of the better metal bands around. Maybe if they weren't so businessy like he says and actually did hang out and make friends with one another, it would have worked out.
    RaKooN13
    Well, this sucks. R.I.P. Evil Disco, unless Wayne carries that on in his solo work.
    LeperDog
    Never had a thing for Static-X, but money seems to be the root cause of all bands splitting these days.
    tukk04
    It surprises me that they've managed to stay together this long, IMO their music is kind of boring and most of their lyrics are rather bland or just Wayne growling the same or similar things over and over. I'd honestly rather listen to Nickelback. But I feel for the fans that have lost one of their favorite bands, that's a feeling we've all known at one time or another. In all the band drama BS, the fans are the ones who always lose.
    Andy0235
    That really sucks about the band. They had some pretty decent songs. On an unrelated note, I hope I have a wife that smokin' when I'm 48.
    GuitarGod610
    They've been on hiatus since 2009? No wonder I hadn't heard anything about them in years. I had just assumed they were done after that
    vayne92
    These guys were one of the first metal bands i ever heard.. Haven't really listened to them for 5 or 6 years now but i still remember the singers hair fondly
    kLeft
    I'm not a big fan of Static-X, but it still sucks hearing bands going through high school conflicts over who can deliver the coldest shoulder for practically nothing at all.
    Vypor
    I don't even understand why the bass player has rights to the band name. The singers name is Wayne Static. wtf?! I really enjoyed Wisconsin Death Trip and Machine. The other albums i could only hand pick a couple songs I really liked, but those two albums were great in my opinion.
    thenextkirk92
    No offense but, were they even relevant anymore?
    Mootallica
    Relevant or not, they still had fans, a following and a history. I think the fact that they weren't popular in recent years as they were at the peaks of their career shows how much some members were involved purely for the financial side of this. Unfortunately, they released some good albums that we likely wont have a chance to hear live again.
    HardRock369
    Kinda forgot about these guys, pretty sure last album I remember coming out from them was Wisconsin Death Trip, I didn't even realize they were still technically together. Still kind of a shame though, they were a pretty cool band
    al capwn02
    Maybe if he didn't spend so much money on gel for his hair he would be able to hold up his end of the deal. Also if they made better music, that might help too...
    Anjohl
    Not a bad numetal band. Very Rob Zombie-ish.
    Igamikun
    That's cool, now it's time to get a haircut and a beard trim, and learn to sing. Static X sucks, but Wayne seems like a smart enough dude. He needs to get into something that isn't strictly business for himself.
    xwf
    Didn't the world announce the end of Static X about 8 years ago?
    i_am_metalhead
    Nope, only douchebags like you. The rest of the world recognizes good bands when they see them.
    xwf
    Yeah, the rest of the world just loved Static x. They were booed off stage nightly when they opened for Slayer.
    third(-)eye
    And we all know Slayer fans are the supreme opinion on music.
    xwf
    I don't even listen to Slayer, I just find it funny that a band that apparently the rest of the world loved except me was booed off stage nightly. Static X had one decent album, and then fell to obscurity as they should have.
    Megdidar
    I was never a big fan of them but they had a few catchy songs I liked and Wayne Static seemed like a cool guy. I was always struck by the fact that he basically always stated he wasn't much of a guitar player instead of deciding to climb up his own ass like we've seen some rhythm players do.
    Engel22
    Shame, they were a good band. The band had its share of issues over the later stages of its run, but that sucks. Still, hopefully Wayne can carry on making great music under a different name.
    .:!j.man!:.
    For everyone giving the bassist a hard time about it "not being about the money". Wayne himself says "Its buisiness" I can only assume the majority of readers are still in education. He's talking about livlihood here guys xD not about being a hippie haha