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.