Recently, Static-X with special guests Wednesday 13, Soil, and Dope took the stage at the O2 Ritz in Manchester, United Kingdom. It was an incredible night of music and it was the perfect tribute to the late, great Wayne Static. Recently, Edsel Dope of Dope took to the interwebs to scoff at those that said that he was “Xero” of Static-X.
I’m honored for myself and for my band DOPE to be part of this 20th anniversary celebration, along with this unbelievable, traveling memorial to our old friend Wayne Static.
Wayne is currently on the minds and in the hearts of the metal community in a very unique and special way. His memory / legacy is more celebrated than it has ever been before.
I personally get to see the joy, the tears, and the incredible sense of healing that is occurring on the faces and in the hearts of Static–X fans, each and every night, around the world.
I’m not attempting to be a spokesperson for Static–X, but I will share that I have personally met Wayne’s parents and siblings, as they have attended a number of these shows.
I have personally seen their tears of joy and their expressions of gratitude and approval for the way that Tony, Ken, Koichi, & Xer0 are celebrating the music and memorializing the life and legacy of their son and sibling, Wayne Wells Static.
I’m including a candid photo that I snapped of Static–X drummer Ken Jay embracing Wayne’s father, while Tony Campos, Wayne’s mother, Wayne’s siblings and friends share some personal time together. Words cannot express the love and respect that I’ve experienced out here.
It’s one thing to go on a Scooby-Doo scavenger hunt, or to use photoshop to attempt to prove whatever you are trying to spin, but it’s entirely different when trolls, masquerading as journalists, spew their ignorant, hateful words towards something that is so incredibly personal.
Anyone with the nerve to throw virtual tomatoes at a traveling memorial, that has been orchestrated and supported by the family, loved ones, and long-time friends of the deceased should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.
In the end, I’m not the type of person to allow others to dictate the narrative of my life or my art, so I’ve decided to also include a picture of me chatting it up, while watching another SOLD OUT Static–X show from the side of the stage the other night.
- Photo Credit for Dope: Christopher James Ryan Photography
Wednesday 13 also performed after Dope. Wednesday 13 brought the theatrics and the horror to the O2 Ritz crowd in Manchester. Check out the photos courtesy of Christopher James Ryan Photography below:
Soil also brought the “Halo” and their other jams to the O2 Ritz arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. Check out the slideshow below courtesy of Christopher James Ryan Photography:
Lastly, Static-X took over the O2 Ritz Arena in Manchester. It was a perfect tribute to Static X as Xero did a tremendous job paying tribute to the late, great Wayne Static. They played the album “Wisconsin Death Trip” in its entirety, along with other cuts. Fans are anxiously awaiting their upcoming album. Check out the photo gallery of Static-X courtesy of Christopher James Ryan Photography:
Static-X, along with DevilDriver, Dope, and Wednesday 13 will be bringing another leg of the 20th Anniversary of “Wisconsin Death Trip” back to the United States. Check out the dates below:
Fri. 11/8- Emo’s in Austin, Texas
Sun. 11/10- Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tue. 11/12- Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Wed. 11/13- House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana
Fri. 11/15- Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Sat. 11/16- The Orpheum in Tampa, Florida
Sun. 11/17- Club L.A. in Destin, Florida
Thu. 11/21- Express Live in Columbus, Ohio
Wed. 11/27- The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan
Thu. 11/28- The Machine Shop in Sault Sainte Marie, Canada
Sat. 11/30- The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mon. 12/2- House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois
Tue. 12/3- Green Bay Distillery in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin
Wed. 12/4- Myth Live in Maplewood, Minnesota
Fri. 12/6- Pop’s in St. Louis, Missouri
Sat. 12/7- Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska
Sun. 12/8- Sunshine Studios Live in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Tue. 12/10- The Royal in Salt Lake City, Utah
Wed. 12/11- Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho
Fri. 12/13- Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon
Sun. 12/15- Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, Canada
Mon. 12/16- Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon
Wed. 12/18- Fulton 55 in Fresno, California
For tickets and further information on any of the North American dates listed above, click here.
Fans can find Static-X at the following locations: