Static X Live Concert Photography by Chad Lee

Static X photos , all images ©Chad Lee Photography

Static X Photos 2009

August 8, 2009 Rockford, Il 


August 9, 2009 Madison, Wi 



August 12, 2007  Alpine Valley, Wi  Ozzfest 


October 10, 2007 Milwaukee, Wi  The Rave 


See portrait photos of Wayne here


Static-X was an American industrial metal band from Los AngelesCalifornia formed in 1994. The line-up fluctuated over the years, but always held constant with band founder, frontmanvocalist, and guitarist Wayne Static. Founders of the band were Wayne Static and original drummer Ken Jay. The band rose to fame with their 1999 debut album Wisconsin Death Trip where the band’s heavy industrial metal sound found attention within the burgeoning nu metal movement of the late 1990s, with the album eventually going platinum in the United States.[1] The band released five more albums over the course of the next decade: Machine in 2001, Shadow Zone in 2003, Start a War in 2005, Cannibal in 2007, and Cult of Static in 2009.

Shortly after their last album’s release, the band entered a hiatus while Static worked on his solo album, Pighammer, in 2011. Static briefly reformed Static-X in 2012, using only members of his solo album’s touring band, before officially breaking up in June 2013. On November 1, 2014, Wayne Static died at the age of 48.

After finishing their final tour dates in Australia at the end of 2009, Static announced that he would be focusing on his side project, then tentatively titled Pighammer, He later revealed that Campos had left the band,[13] and eventually joined the metal band Soulfly.[14] but clarified that the band had not broken up, but rather, members were just doing different projects at the time.[15] Static began his solo touring in 2011, most notably playing at Graspop Metal Meeting 2011.[16][17] He released his debut solo album Pighammer on October 4, 2011.[18]

In 2012 Wayne Static decided to reform Static-X, but none of the original members would join him. Instead his solo band would tour under the name Static-X.[19] In June 2013, Static announced Static-X’s official break-up.[20] Static blamed it on a disagreement with Campos over the rights of the band; citing that Campos was paid by Wayne for the use of the name while touring, but during that tour, Wayne took ill. Being unable to play the deal fell through, ending the band.[21] Despite breaking up the band, Static still performed the band’s music under his own name and solo band in 2014, most notably playing the Wisconsin Death Trip album in its entirety to celebrate the album’s 15th anniversary.[4] However, on November 1, 2014, it was announced that Wayne Static died at the age of 48.[22]Despite having a history of drug use, Static’s wife Tera Wray released a statement saying that he had stopped his drug use in 2009, and his death was not drug or overdose related.[23][24] Despite her claims, in March 2015 the coroner’s report indicated that his death was from a combination of excessive prescription drugs and alcohol in his system, though the manner of death was deemed “natural