Words / Photography by: Jerome Joyce
Wayne Richard wells aka Wayne Static, the frontman and founding member of Metal band “Static-X ” passed away in November 2014. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of ” WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP” The bands Platinum selling debut release and in honor of Wayne, the original members Tony Campos, Ken Jay and Koichishi Fukuda have reunited to tour in celebration of his life and the albums milestone. The new frontman wearing a mask to resemble Wayne, no identity made known and to see this experience and celebration tour live, was definitely intriguing to me.
To be fully honest, I have listened to Static-X but I cant say I am a fan. This lineup was full of bands I haven’t personally seen live besides WEDNESDAY 13 who I’ve grown an appreciation for after seeing them live last year. Raven Black, DOPE and the co-headliner, powerhouse Devildriver make up the remainder of the tour. The night was long but well worth it! Each band contributed to the growing energy at the Opera House in Toronto. DOPE frontman Edsel Dope shared his appreciation for Wayne and the guys in the band, referring to them as his brothers and family.
With the boys in Static-X hitting the stage to a screaming, sweaty, sold out Opera House, the energy in the building was electrifying! The secret masked frontman
rumored to be Edsel, blasted through the outstanding debut release to the sheer joy of the die hard fans in attendance. Personally having nothing to compare this
night to, I was completely invested in this set. The theatrics of the masked man, the stage presence and passion the original line up shared was truly special to see.
The genuine love for the music was felt by both sides of the barrier and I thoroughly enjoyed watching this night unfold.
To first-hand witness the memorial and celebration of life and art, the passion of friends and family who truly appreciated what Wayne put together
and created was quite magical. I have definitely become a fan of this album and Static-X. A very special night that I’m very fortunate to have been a
WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP 20th ANNIVERSARY
IM WITH STUPID
BLED FOR DAYS
SWEAT OF THE BUD
WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP
THE TRANCE IS IN THE MOTION