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Wayne Static Says “Rob Zombie Was White Zombie And I Was Static-X”, Speaks On Ian Watkins & More

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].”


He continued:

“Well, I wanted Tera on tour with me, so she was always with me. She was with me during interviews too. We love each other. I wanna have her with me at all times. She came on stage and danced for a few songs and… I think Tony didn’t like that.

I think it pissed him off. I think he thought “she’s not in the band, she shouldn’t be here.” But the reality of it was, we’d do interviews and she’d just sit there. He didn’t like the fact that she was around all the time.

For all I know maybe he thought he should’ve hooked up with her and ended up married to her so maybe he’s jealous. I don’t know. I don’t fucking know. I could give a shit if we did an interview and his girlfriend was sitting next to us.

The funny thing is, before we got married and she was a porn star she rode with us on the bus for a whole year, [and] everyone loved her then. When she was a porn star, everything was awesome.

Then we got married and everything changed. I don’t know why. You can call up Tony and interview him to ask him why he hates me so much. (laughing).”

Static also opened up on felony drug charges he recently faced following the cancellation of a 2012 tour for hernia surgery, offering:

“It was really hard dude! I had to cancel a fucking tour! My fucking tour manager ended up getting involved in a drug deal and he tried to pin it on me and Tera. So we had felony drug charges in Kentucky that we were fighting so I had to pay $20,000 out of my own pocket and went fucking bankrupt.

I had to file fucking bankruptcy fighting these fucking drug charges that my tour manager put on us.

Then I find out he was embezzling from me… All this while I’m recovering from surgery… I couldn’t even walk for two months. Then I’m flying back and forth to Kentucky hiring and firing attorneys and it took a whole year but we finally got this shit dropped.

I’m finally vindicated. I’m not this fucking crazy drug dealer. I don’t fucking do drugs you know? I have some drinks at night but that’s it. But… Tony’s really good friends with my old tour manager who I fired after getting me into all this trouble so that has something to do with it too…

Who knows what this guy has told him, you know what I mean? I get pissed off talking about it you know? Why can’t we just put this all aside. He should be kissing my fucking ass that I made his fucking career. But instead, he’s pulling the legal shit on me.”

Static also was also asked to share his take on ex-Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkinsguilty pleas to various child sex charges given the 2005 arrest and conviction of former Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen on statutory rape and kidnapping charges of a fifteen year old girl. To that he replied:

“Sometimes I don’t even like meeting bands that I like because if they turn out to be dicks then I don’t wanna listen to them anymore. But I went through that.

My old guitarist was arrested for statutory rape. It really set my career back for a while and casual fans think that I’m a pedophile. I’ve had people threaten to fucking kill me because they thought I was this pedophile. “

He explained:

“Yeah, I know, it’s ancient history – it was like eight or nine years ago. But people remember shit and people who aren’t fans but know who Static-X is that might be the only thing in the back of their minds. That fuckng dude….. ugh. That pissed me off so bad. He really fucking set my career back by doing that shit.

We were right in the middle of recording ‘Start a War’. He had gone home for Christmas break and apparently that’s when all this shit happened. So he actually played on half that record then I wrote and played all the guitars on the other half like the oldschool shit on ‘Machine’.

That was when we decided to bring Koichi back and he was already working on some keyboards for us. It was really cool that he was willing to come back and all the old school fans were really happy about that. So it kind of helped smooth things over a bit.”

The full interview also details Static‘s time on antidepressants, his bout with suicidal thoughts and more and can be read in full over at Gotham-news.com.

Comments

  • Livedefflo

    That sucks for Wayne cuz i saw Static-X play 4 times in Atlanta and they put on a great show. The show is all Wayne and his performance. The others were always just backing musicians. He was the show and the bassist is just jealous.

    • planetdeath

      It’s just a matter of time for Tony to get screwed over my Max & Gloria.

      • JimCroceLoverXEX

        Does Max have a son that is old enough to tour full time and play bass?

  • http://myspace.com/humboldtrock Buddy Baker

    Maybe its just me, but these interviews Wayne has been doing only make me side with Tony.

    • nigre

      I have to agree with you. All he does is repeat himself over and over again like we didnt understand it the first time. Hes becoming a cry baby about the whole thing and blaming everyone else for his failed career.

      • Lern2Swim

        Or… he’s repeating himself because the interviewers keep asking the same questions. I find it hilarious that when there’s a band breakup or whatever, people like you whine on these forums because you “need” to know details, then, in the cases where someone brings up details, you whine that they did that. Fuck off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000414191769 Travis

      No he’s not repeating himself like you didn’t understand it the first time, he’s giving another interview where he explains the situation and goes into greater detail. Sounds like to me that all he wants to do is clear the air and finally get his side of the story told. And if you ask me, The whole thing sounds like bullshit. Tony Campos rides Waynes coattails all his career and then takes one comment in an interview and turns it into a complete asshole feud. If he was that butthurt by Wayne saying they weren’t friends, then the right thing to do would have been to address the situation with Wayne and try to reconcile whatever differences caused the rift. Not make someone suffer and make them go bankrupt after they helped you rise to stardom. Tony’s being a complete fucking toolbag retard. He literally makes shit tons of money for sitting around doing nothing. That’s every human’s fucking dream. Tony’s the fucking douche in my opinion.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        I absolutely adore the irony of you defending Wayne for getting “his side of the story” out there and then completely jumping on board without any further information. You even call this guy a “complete fucking toolbag retard.” Based solely on this article or do you know him personally?

  • http://myspace.com/humboldtrock Buddy Baker

    Also, when he talks about Tripp kidnapping and raping a girl, the only thing he seems to care about is how it impacted his career. Not the mark of a compassionate person…

    • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

      He didn’t kidnap and rape her. He duped her into thinking he was a “Tripp Eisen impersonator” in online chats, met up with her and had consensual sex with her (multiple times?) in his truck.

      Look up the definition of statutory rape, holmes.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Yeah those laws exist because in theory a 15 year old isn’t wise enough to make good choices and, though consensual, a sexual encounter with an adult can cause near-irreparable harm to that child’s psyche. All I’m saying is don’t downplay it because a 15 year old girl said “yes”.

      • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

        Not downplaying anything, but he didn’t kidnap her and he certainly didn’t rape her in the traditional sense. I don’t care for the guy as an “artist” or as a person, but let’s not pretend he’s anywhere near the same level as Ian Twatkins.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        We agree on that point, but I still contend these guys belong in prison. I couldn’t bang an 18 year old and feel good about myself, and that’s legal. I hypothesize that one would be surprised how little separation there is between a guy like Tripp and a guy like Watkins. All it takes is a little boredom with the pervy status quo and some crystal meth.

  • Vautour

    I don’t have it in me to comment everything that seems to be wrong with this guy, but…

    Concerning Tera: “We love each other. I wanna have her with me at all times.” Pause a minute and consider the fact that this comes from a guy who is 48 years old, not 14.

    Concerning the former guitarist: “He really fucking set my career back by doing that shit.” Yeah, and now try not to think about yourself for a second but about how much it hurt the girl, you fucking prick.

  • MyDarkPassenger

    I do enjoy reading these for some reason. It’s hard to ignore the fact that Wayne wants to blame everyone else in his life for his career not sustaining. Anyone who wants to know why Static-X and Wayne Static aren’t popular on the radio anymore can compare “Wisconsin Death Trip” with “Start a War” and have their answer pretty quickly. It stopped being inventive.

    Also, if this guy ever wants to get the Static-X moniker back he should really stop doing interviews. Every word he says has to strengthen Tony’s hate for him.

    • http://myspace.com/humboldtrock Buddy Baker

      Every word he says has to strengthen humanity’s hate for him.

    • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

      I enjoy reading these types of stories as well. In fact, I enjoyed reading this more than I did the last three Static-X albums (and Wayne’s solo stuff) combined.

  • JimCroceLoverXEX

    This reminds me of when Doyle from The Misfits began dating the former WCW manager Gorgeous George and she wanted to write songs for the The Misfits and dance onstage with them. Jerry Only rightfully said “No fucking way.” and Doyle quit in protest. Doyle was replaced with Dez who is 10 times better than Doyle and Doyle formed Gorgeous Frankenstein, one of the crappiest things ever. After seeing Doyle with Danzig I can comfortably say he is one of the worst live guitarist ever. Judging from Doyle’s backne he needs to tone down on the decca.

  • JimCroceLoverXEX

    Also, wasn’t the rumor that his “hernia” that cancelled the tour them getting busted in Flint for heroin? How much heroin do you need to have to get busted in Flint?

    • adamonfire

      I would assume quite a bit. The Machine Shop is just a block or two north of the “Welcome to Flint” sign, but there’s a strip club another block up the road which is why I assume they get so many higher profile acts for a relatively small club. It’s a really cool place and they crank the sound, it’s just a little bit of a hike for me (especially in shitty weather) and the stage is tiny. And it’s in Flint.

      • Moxy? Oh, Brian

        when I was about 19 years old i used to drive like eight hours to get shitty mid grade weed in Flint. like 600 bucks a pound. still probably the cheapest prices in America.

  • BlueBalls

    Not a good analogy, Mr. Static. If Rob Zombie was White Zombie, then why were White Zombie’s albums so much better than Rob Zombie’s? Maybe it’s because those “hired players” not only played instruments, but also played a crucial role in defining their sound. Just a thought.

    • sickboy_xl

      Good call sir!

    • Lifeseclipse

      I have those rob zombie tabs you asked for

      D |—0–0–0—–0—-0——0–0–0—0—0——0-

  • Aggroculture

    Wayne has become a pussywhipped, whining fool.
    Bringing Tera “into the band” was a terrible idea.
    I saw his solo show, replete with implant-shaking, a couple of years and it was a deeply embarassing experience. I felt ashamed for everyone in the room myself included for being there.

    And I like everything up to and including Cannibal.

    • MyDarkPassenger

      Oh ya I forgot about Cannibal. That was a good record for them. For them, I said.

  • sickboy_xl

    Beef.

    • Moxy? Oh, Brian

      when I-see-you, guaranteed to be in I-C-U.
      nigga.

      • Porpoise Orifice

        some kid named Jason
        in a Honda station
        wagon
        was braggin’
        about how much loot and crack he stackin’

    • sickboy_xl

      I fuckin’ love this site. Unh!

  • MyDarkPassenger

    You might say Tera Wray is the Yoko Ono of washed up has-been rock bands.

    • Moxy? Oh, Brian

      you can’t ‘ruin’ something that was never good to begin with. if anything, the chick dancing probably stopped some of those crowds from rioting.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Wisconsin Death Trip was a good record for its time. If you disagree you weren’t there.

      • Moxy? Oh, Brian

        I was there. Not in Wisconsin, but I’m 30. I remember the record…I personally never thought Static X was good.

      • Moxy? Oh, Brian

        so the fact that i don’t like Static-X upset 6 people…get a fucking life.

      • nigre

        While I wasnt one that thumbs downed you, it seems like you need to get a live if youre worried about being thumbs downed on theprp so much you felt you needed to comment on it.

      • damn

        I used to think Static-X was good. Owned their first two albums… years later, I don’t know what I was thinking. End of the story.

      • Moxy? Oh, Brian

        @ nigre, i didn’t thumb down your comment about thumbing down my comment…
        wow. there’s a sentence no one believed was possible like twelve years ago.

        i wasn’t mad about it, i was making fun of people for getting bent out of shape over a band that hasn’t mattered in over a decade.

      • jrr

        Clicking a thumbs down isn’t “getting bent out of shape.” Taking the time to reply to people who thumbed you down, telling them to “get a life” over it, is. Meanwhile, the latter does a whole lot more to make fun of yourself then to anyone who thumbed down.

  • dontdoghb

    My great grandpa always told me “Never trust a man that marries a porn star.”

  • Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Wayne, start a new band with a new name. Write music with the new band members. Split everything evenly. Learn from each other, push each other musically. If it’s fun or bad-ass, record it. Ignore the past. If you’re doing it for money, fuck you. If you’re doing it as art, what’s stopping you?

    • Moxy? Oh, Brian

      because he’s doing it for money. he…literally says that. he did not want to agree to pay the amount of money Tony wanted because he would have needed to play shows six nights a week. it was Almost worth it because he made more money billing it as ‘Static-X’…but even making more money isn’t worth playing more shows.

      right. man of the people.

      • jg566

        His point is that he could pay him easily, without playing six shows a week if he could use the original name! What is so hard to understand about that? And who the fuck would not take that deal?

      • adamonfire

        He is not the sole owner of the name and thus cannot bill the group as such without the other owner(s) giving consent, or in this case receiving compensation. So apparently it’s pretty hard for you to understand about that.

        On another note, if you guys is interested in this subject I suggest looking into the name “Alice Cooper,” we actually went over it in one of my business law classes.

      • Moxy? Oh, Brian

        @ adamonfire,

        the only question about it I have is…did Wayne start a band and hire a bunch of dudes, or did like five dudes start a band and Wayne kinda took it over?

        do session musicians get paid royalties, or just a scale-union rate for their studio time?

      • jg566

        @adamonfire My point is that if he is given consent by Tony…Then Tony would get paid with ease….How am I wrong about this??

      • adamonfire

        It appears in this case it was started by 2 guys, who later added another 2 members for the original line-up. Where this could come into play is when and how they decided to protect the name – I would assume they formed some kind of LLC and have a written agreement penned with just the original 2 members (Wayne and Tony) to try and avoid a Guns N’ Roses-type situation, but ironically that’s exactly what they’re in here. He would have to pay Tony not only to use the name, but to also use the logo which would then extend to CDs, merch, etc.

        Session musicians usually do not receive royalties and are instead paid for their services, but there’s always exceptions to every rule.

        There’s also the Sublime/Sublime With Rome case, where even though SWR had 2/3rds of the original members with the 3rd being deceased they could still not call themselves “Sublime” – and if you were to look-up their setlist on a site such as setlist.fm, all of the original Sublime songs are usually classified as covers.

        You also have the case of Architects/Architects (UK) and Ghost/Ghost (BC) depending on which country you’re in. An additional one is Death – there’s the heavy metal band from Florida that most people know, and then the one that I’m more familiar with which is the all-black punk band from Detroit that started in the early 70′s.

      • adamonfire

        @jg566

        Where is the getting paid with ease part? Sure he could “pay” him, but obviously they differ on the amount. I’m sure one of their lawyers have different valuation of the name/value and the fact that the two hate each other means that one is going to go absurdly high and the other will try to lowball. We’re only getting one side of the story here – it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Tony is a dick, but it’s also coming from the guy that put a priority on his wife over the band.

        Pretty funny that he used Rob Zombie as an example, you know, the guy that throws his wife into everything he does too. At least Perry Farrell’s wife has a skill that can be kept behind the musicians to enhance the performance, not try to take center stage.

      • JimCroceLoverXEX

        HIM is called HER I think in America due to copyright issues

    • Moxy? Oh, Brian

      oh, and fuck that guy for fucking a teenager, it really set back his career. he was pissed.

      fuuuuck you, Wayne.

      • Moxy? Oh, Brian

        …who honestly disagrees with the idea that that was an asshole thing to say?

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Dude quit tripping about the down thumbs. Trolls just come by and thumbs down every damn thing. If you say something really fucking stupid you’ll have at least 3 thumbs down.

        Aaaaaand there you go.

      • Moxy? Oh, Brian

        again, i was calling attention to it because i thought it was funny, not because i was angry about it.

        i can’t take the internet seriously.

  • TheLoCoRaven

    I’m glad to hear that he’ll be doing a Wisconsin Death Trip tour. I’d love to hear that played front to back. I think the newer stuff is harder and loses the “Evil Disco” that I liked from Wisconsin Death Trip. There’s no evil groove anymore its all just his screaming. Doesn’t seem as unique to me anymore.

    • BAMBIRAPTOR

      No offense, but just wanted to point out, evil disco wasn’t unique. It was White Zombie’s thing…I’M YOUR BOOGIE MAN!!

  • AMeN

    Looks like the downvote parade came overnight here. Wayne is struggling to stay relevant, we all know this. His music didn’t stand the test of time, mainly because it’s a bit of a novelty. Don’t get me wrong, 12 years ago I was doing bongs listening to Wisconsin Death Trip. That was fun, time to put down the elmers glue and make some music.

    • MyDarkPassenger

      Otep has a lot more time on his hands now.

  • Aggroculture

    Can you imagine Trent Reznor saying “it was all me; those other guys were just hired guns”?

    No. Because it’s a douchey thing to say, to dismiss like that everyone else’s input.

    Also, if it was “just you” why does Tony Campos own half of Static-X?

    Fear Factory can do FF without Dino Cazares but you can’t do Static-X without the “jerkoff bassist”?

    Nothing really adds up here except Wayne’s douchery…as a Static-X fan I’m pretty disappointed.

    I agree with the other poster who said he should start a new band, and with some musicians whose input he values rather than people he considers just employees.

    And make it heavy ffs. I thought Pighammer was going to be heavy, not more washed-out Static-X.

    • MyDarkPassenger

      Yeah he’s done himself no favors doing these interviews.

      “I never want to meet bands I like in case they turn out to be dicks” – Wayne Static, calling the kettle black.

  • Alkeyhalikk

    All I got to say is… fucking bass guitarist man.