Static-X are no more, or so says frontman and guitarist Wayne Static. The singer has been at odds with ex-bassist Tony Campos over the rights to tour and record using the band’s name, as Campos owns 50 percent of the name. The duo had an arrangement that eventually fell apart, and Static has revealed just how bad things have gotten between himself and his former bandmate.
Static had planed to exhume the band in June 2012 with a revamped lineup, which would’ve been their first trek since 2009’s hiatus. Those plans were interrupted when the singer developed a hernia. He also planned to tour and play 1999’s ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ in full but that never happened.
Wayne told The Gauntlet that he wanted to get the Static-X name and brand out there again, but that things are so sour between himself and Campos that it’s hindered that possibility. “Him and I haven’t been getting along for years,” he admitted. “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.”
When Wayne wanted to take a break on this money-for-nothing deal so he could attend to the medical issue of the hernia, Campos resisted. He recalled, “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 s— money; I am not made out of money. So he pretty much told me to f— 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.”
Static says the Campos relationship deteriorated over comments made in an interview. “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—? 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,” says Static.
The frontman further elaborated stating that he wasn’t dissing any of the other guys in the band and that onstage they had great chemistry. But offstage they went their separate ways and that is not something that is uncommon in the music industry. He concludes, “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.”
In other Static news, the singer is planning to shoot a video with Run-DMC’s DMC in the coming weeks for a song called ‘Noise Revolution.’ Former porn direction Matt Zane, who has shot videos for Zakk Wylde and Orgy, will direct.