Static-X have officially disbanded. The band went on hiatus in 2009, originally so frontman Wayne Static could focus on his ‘Pighammer’ solo album. While Wayne Static toured under the Static-X name last year, he said in a new interview with the UK Gauntlet that Static-X are officially no more.
Drummer Nick Oshiro left the group in 2009, while lead guitarist Koichi Fukuda and bassist Tony Campos both departed the act in 2010. Wayne Static recruited all new members for the 2012 Noise Revolution Tour, but the string of dates proved to be the band’s last.
Tension built between Wayne Static and Tony Campos shortly before the bassist’s exit. “Him and I haven’t been getting along for years,” Static admits. “It was really bad at the end. The last couple of tours, we never talked or anything like that. So I made this deal with Tony where I paid him ‘X’ amount of dollars quarterly to use the name Static-X, which I thought was a pretty generous deal. He got a lot of money for doing nothing, for just sitting on his ass doing nothing. I wish someone would give me some money for doing nothing.”
Static continues, “Apparently, he [Campos] was really pissed off because I said in some interviews that Static-X were never, like, all great buddies and friends and all that kind of stuff, and we never hung out. So he told me, like, ‘Since you said we’re not friends, then why should I help you out?’ I’m, like, ‘Who gives a f—? It’s business, dude.’ And that’s the truth. We weren’t friends; we never hung out. And there’s nothing wrong with that; there’s a lot of bands like that.”
“The last e-mail Tony sent me, he said he hopes we never have to talk again,” reveals Static. “And I said, ‘Believe me, this is the last you’ll ever hear from me.’ And that’s the way we left. And it sucks. I think it’s sad that things have to end that way. And it happens to a lot of bands … Static-X is done. The end. No more Static-X.”
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