Wayne Static Live Photos

Wayne Static formerly of Static X solo band performs January 20, 2012 . Images taken by photographer Chad Lee in Anaheim California at The Grove. 

Wayne Static Photos

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Early life

Wayne was born in Muskegon, Michigan, to Richard and Darlene Wells.

He grew up in Shelby, Michigan before moving to Illinois and California. He was three years old when he received his first toy guitar. His parents decided at age seven to get him his first real guitar.  He was given lessons, which paid off a year later when he won a talent contest.   Later Wayne played in his first band at the age of 12 and decided he wanted to be a musician. In high school, he played in a band for the dances with classmates.  Wayne attended  Shelby High School  and had summer jobs working as an asparagus picker and in a cherry canning factory. 




After moving to Chicago, Wells created the band Deep Blue Dream in 1987 . Members included  Ken Jay, bass player Eric Harris, and Billy Corgan. The group was short lived as they relocated to California and Static-X was formed along with Tony Campos and Koichi Fukuda. 

Static was recognizable for his unusual hairstyle; his hair was held up in a vertical position.  This process  took about 20 minutes to complete. He was also known for his signature “chintail” beard.

Static announced in July 2007 that he would begin a side project, Pighammer.  In a December 2007 interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Static stated: “The Pighammer thing will happen when I have time. At the moment though, Static-X will remain my main priority.” Static appears on the cover of the 2009 Static-X release, Cult of Static.

His solo album Pighammer was released on October 4, 2011. As part of his Pighammer solo-project, Static formed a new line-up consisting of Brent Ashley on bass, Sean Davidson on drums, and Ashes on guitar. In 2012, this line-up went under the name Static-X for the Noise Revolution tour. However, in October 2012, the remainder of the tour was cancelled due to Static requiring medical treatment.

In an interview done on November 26, 2013, it was confirmed that Static-X disbanded on June 2013. According to Static, the disputes between himself and the band’s former bassist Tony Campos over the rights to the band name had gone too far, forcing him to disband the four-piece.

He had been set to play a co-headlining tour in the US with Powerman 5000 in November 2014 with American Head Charge supporting them .