Five years after Static-X lead singer Wayne Static died of multiple prescription drug toxicity combined with alcohol, the metal band is back on the road with a masked singer.
“Everything’s coming together really well,” says bassist Tony Campos via telephone from a Denny’s; a stop on his tour with Ministry.
“We’re all excited to bring this to the fans. It’s been over a decade since myself, (drummer) Kenny Jay and (guitarist) Kiochi Fukuda were all in a room together. We’re just missing one guy. We didn’t think it could happen. But we found we could sit together and remember the good times we all had.”
The 20th anniversary “Wisconsin Death Trip: A Memorial Tribute to Wayne Static” tour comes to the Marquee on Tuesday, June 18. The singer filling in for Static will be masked so he doesn’t detract from the mission of honoring the late vocalist.
“We knew it had to be done,” he says. “We weren’t going to do a hologram. We wanted to keep it organic. We wanted to try to re-create the vibe and the feel that we all had 20 years ago when we started doing this.
“We’re focused on remembering the original lineup of the first record and remembering Wayne. The guy we have is pretty well known in his own right. He’s had his own band for many, many years. We don’t want a Van Hagar situation. I think this was really a good way to handle that.”
Campos says the tour was a surprise to fans, friends and family. It has been in the works for several years and, he says, he didn’t mention it to anybody. He was able to keep it “very close to the chest.” The set will feature mostly songs from Static-X’s 1999 platinum-selling debut “Wisconsin Death Trip” and fan favorites.
The tour came together on a former producer who had demos Static made before he died. Campos sat on the basic tracks for a couple years before telling Fukuda and Jay. Now they’re working on their seven album, “Project Regeneration,” with the mysterious lead singer, Static’s recovered vocals and high-profile guest artists.
“The cool thing is seven or eight songs on this record will feature Wayne’s vocals we found,” he says.
Closure isn’t a word in the Static-X musicians’ minds. They just want to remember Static’s talents.
“I think it’s going to be cathartic,” Campos says.
Static-X and Devildriver w/Dope, Wednesday 13 and Raven Black
The Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, $25-$60.