In case you thought that Pantera’s retooled line-up marked the one controversial reunion in recent times, guess once more! You see, ex-Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen has condemned his former bandmates for touring once more and for bringing on Edsel “Xer0” Dope as their new singer (amongst different issues).
Static-X are at the moment on the street with Fear Factory, Dope, Mushroomhead and Twiztid as a part of their “Rise of the Machine” tour. As well as, they’re gearing as much as launch their newest LP – Project Regeneration Vol. 2 – which’ll be their first since 2020’s Undertaking Regeneration Vol. 1. As with that album, Undertaking Regeneration Vol. 2 will function the ultimate recordings of founding frontman Wayne Static (who died in 2014).
Yesterday (March 18), The PRP reported on “a brand new press launch” issued by Eisen that sees him criticizing Static-X for his or her 2023 endeavors, in addition to for diminishing his prior position within the band. He writes [via The PRP]:
I’ve talked earlier than about Static-X and my involvement with the reunion and the Undertaking Regeneration album, however I’ve by no means formally weighed in on the controversial masked singer of Static-X, Xer0. I used to be very near Wayne Static for over 5 years that I used to be within the band. And the present members of Static-X, my former pals, try to cancel and silence me whereas minimizing my involvement and contributions to present and previous Static-X.
The dead-skin masks that Xer0 first wore in 2019 was a macabre illustration of Wayne’s picture. However Wayne was NOT a mascot like they attempt to painting – that dehumanizes the very particular person they declare to tribute and memorialize. Portraying the picture of Wayne in a zombie model is hurtful to anybody who cherished the person. The present is surrounded by heavy steel mayhem and there are at all times skulls and evil photos concerned on this style, however everybody is aware of there was one thing flawed from the beginning with the Xer0 masks. You solely have to look at the “Hole” video exhibiting Wayne being portrayed as an armless skeleton to see my level!
The photograph shoot that the band did with this Wayne skeleton was so passive aggressive – it’s the band saying: “we couldn’t cope with real-life Wayne, however his skeleton is far more agreeable”. What Static-X has mentioned, “shut up, it is a lovely Memorial!” However you definitely can have a Memorial with out portraying the deceased on this approach. Wayne deserves higher. And now they’ve ‘jumped the shark’ and brought it too far. Xer0 portraying robot-Wayne is so ridiculous and it’s so clearly misplaced within the unique vibe of Static-X. Wayne’s stage presence and charisma is sorely missed.
Tony, Ken and Koichi standing subsequent to a expressionless masked entrance man is awkward and appears embarrassing. Wayne can be pleased with all of this? Nobody is shopping for that assertion. Paying tribute to Wayne is one factor, however representing his picture this fashion, zombie/skeleton/robotic, is inappropriate and many individuals really feel as I do.
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Apparently, Eisen additionally asserts that the “Rise of the Machine” tour “is profitable not solely resulting from having Worry Manufacturing facility . . . and a robust lineup of bands, however primarily as a result of songs that Wayne Static wrote and sang.”
Xer0 is the one driving the coat-tails of Wayne Static. And now he’s in a Halloween getup, doing a Wayne pantomime whereas struggling onstage to see via the light-up eyes and searching all the way down to see what fret his massive gloved-fingers are on! The efficiency has plenty of flashing lights and screens, however is lack-luster and they’re taking part in to approach too many backing tracks. . . . Right here is the chilly exhausting reality: Static-X wouldn’t promote one much less ticket, they’d not promote one greenback much less in merchandise had we chosen a short-haired unmasked singer. . . . Wayne’s legacy was the songs, not his hair. He was not a mascot! He was my pal.
For the file: I used to be the one who got here to [bassist] Tony Campos with the concept of a reunion in 2016. I used to be additionally the one who introduced Xer0/Edsel Dope into the challenge in 2016. . . . I [also] introduced in a lot of the songs that made the Undertaking Regeneration Vol. 1 album a hit: “Hole”, “Deliver You Down” and “My Destruction/Highway To Hell” and extra. Sure, I’m damage by their betrayal, however I feel my former pals within the band can nonetheless make amends. Tony Campos and [drummer] Ken Jay are good people who don’t prefer to lie.
Relating to his 2005 dismissal from the band, he states that it arose from “a artistic dispute” earlier than alleging that Static-X “selected deception as a substitute of integrity and honesty.” He additionally claims to have “documentation and photographic proof to backup what [he’ll] be explaining” on his upcoming “The Dope on Static-X Podcast.”
As for what he’s referring to, The PRP notes that Eisen “was terminated” from Static-X after he was “arrested for having carried out sexual relationships with two separate minors on the time, one being youthful than fourteen-years-old. . . . He would go on to plead responsible to costs associated to having intercourse with a minor and served time in jail, earlier than later winding up incarcerated as soon as once more for a parole violation in 2008.”
After all, this isn’t the primary time Eisen has publicly denounced Edsel Dope and Static-X, both. Again in 2020, for example, they feuded over songwriting credits for Project Regeneration Vol. 1. That very same yr, Eisen additionally argued that Static-X “hired Donald Trump’s law firm to ensure that [they] can steal [his] songs.”
Static-X has not but responded to Eisen’s newest accusations.
What do you make of Eisen’s latest claims, although? Tell us!
Additionally, you may view all the remaining dates for the ‘Rise of the Machine’ 2023 tour under, in addition to grab your tickets here!
Rise of the Machine 2023 Tour Dates
March 21 – Boston, Mass. @ Massive Night time Dwell *
March 22 – New Haven, Conn. @ Toad’s *
March 23 – Montreal, Quebec @ Corona *
March 24 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix *
March 25 – Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrews Corridor *
March 26 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Home of Blues #
March 28 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Roxian #
March 29 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogarts #
March 30 – Columbus, Ohio @ The King of Golf equipment #
March 31– Ft. Wayne, Ind. @ The Clyde *
April 1 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave *
April 2 – Inexperienced Bay, Wis. @ Epic Occasion Middle *
April 4 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Intersection *
April 5 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Del Mar Corridor #
April 6 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ The Vogue #
April 7 – Chicago, Ailing. @ Home Of Blues #
April 8 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Fillmore #
April 9 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Bourbon Theater #
April 11 – Denver, Colo. @ The Summit #
April 13 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Home Of Blues #
April 14 – San Diego, Calif. @ Home Of Blues #
April 15 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Belasco Theater #
Could 19 – Northcote, Australia @ Northcote Theatre
Could 20 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre
Could 21 – Brendale, Australia @ Eatons Hill Resort
* With Mushroomhead
# With Twiztid
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