Wayne Static of Static-X fame has again opened up on the various conflicts that led to the acrimonious legalities that currently prevent him from using the Static-X name. He also weighed in on felony drug charges he recently faced and his thoughts on former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.
A shared Static-X trademark between Static and former bassist Tony Campos (now of Soulfly) is the main issue, with the pair unable to come to terms. Speaking with Gotham-news.com, he said of the events that led to the current standstill which has seen Static out on the road, touring under his own moniker.
” It was basically attorneys talking – I never spoke to Tony. We came up with a dollar amount where I would license the Static-X name and go out on tour. And… it was just too much money. I had to keep playing six shows a week non-stop in order to pay him what he wanted. Eventually my house went.
I developed a really bad hernia. I had to cancel the tour and go have surgery. It was at that point where I was like “Fuck all this lawyer stuff. I’m gonna email Tony because I haven’t fucking spoke to him in like over five years.” We weren’t even talking at the end of Static-X.
So I emailed him and said I had to have surgery, can I get some time off and let’s put our deal on hold and wait until I get better then we’ll start up again. And you can start making money again for doing nothing.
He pretty much told me to fuck off and keep paying. And that was it. I was like alright, thanks dude [laughs]. He was like “You told people in interviews we weren’t friends so fuck you”. That’s what he told me, literally, that’s what he said in his email. I’m like sorry I hurt your feeling you fucking baby.
Jesus Christ I have to go get fucking hernia surgery. So that’s the dynamic. He fucking hates me and won’t let me use the Static-X name. I have a new manager and she recently reached out to him and asked if he wanted to rejoin the band and tour and he doesn’t want to.
He’s in Soulfly and he’s happy so he wants nothing to do with Static-X but he won’t let me use the name. So… Static-X is dead. I tried, you know. I did my best. In reality though, it doesn’t even fucking matter because I’ve had a bunch of players and nobody cares.
It may sound egotistical but it’s the fucking truth – I wrote all the songs [laughs]. Rob Zombie was White Zombie and I was Static-X. I wrote and produced everything. Other than Tony all the other guys were hired players.
So fuck it, it’s just name. I have a slamming band behind me right now and we’re going out and playing all the old Static-X songs and a couple off my last solo record. We have a good time and the shows have the same vibe as Static-X, I just can’t call it that.”
When asked whether or not there was something else to Campos issues with Static he suggested that “Everything changed when I got married. Everyone, the band, the crew, everyone treated my wife like shit.”
Static married former porn actress Tera Wray in 2008 and she seemingly became a big influence in the band, appearing on stage with them, while songs on the bands 2009 album were titled “Stingwray” and “Tera-Fied“.
When asked why everything changed following his marriage, he offered:
“I don’t know. I’m sure I acted differently after I got married, I know I did. But… people get married and things change. It doesn’t mean that the band has to break up. It’s not like we were all best buddies and hung out every day. I don’t know, man, everyone started treating us differently, treating my wife like shit and making her cry every day.
The last tour we did together Tony and I didn’t even talk to each other or look one another in the eye. It’s pathetic man… Its fucking stupid. Now he hates me so much he won’t even let me use the name.
I’m still willing to pay him to use the name because I can make more money at the shows because of the name. But no he’s like “Fuck you boo hoo hoo.” Alright, I guess we’re done. Can’t say I didn’t try [laughs].”