Former Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen has as soon as once more spoken out in opposition to his former bandmates within the aforementioned platinum-selling ‘evil disco’ outfit. Eisen was terminated from the band again in 2005 after being arrested for having carried out sexual relationships with two separate minors on the time, one being youthful than fourteen-years-old. Eisen (actual identify Tod Rex Salvador) was 39 on the time. He would go on to plead responsible to prices associated to having intercourse with a minor and served time in jail, earlier than later winding up incarcerated as soon as once more for a parole violation in 2008.
Per police stories of the preliminary pair of incidents in 2005, Eisen was discovered to be posing as a lookalike of himself on a gothic music web site on the time to satisfy up with the women in query. His profile on that web site was stated to have additionally expressed an curiosity in assembly folks of varied schooling ranges, together with ‘elementary’ college. Eisen has since claimed he was unaware of the woman’s ages.
Given the character of his crimes, a lot of Eisen‘s former bandmates in Static-X, Murderdolls and Dope have brazenly condemned him. Edsel Dope of Dope, publicly feuded with Eisen on social media again in 2020, at one level proclaiming, “You’ll all the time be generally known as that 40 yr previous creepy man with “LEE PRESS ON” dreads, who focused underage fan ladies for intercourse.”
Edsel has additionally since taken up the mantle of Xer0, a dwelling tribute of kinds to the late Static-X vocalist/guitarist Wayne Static within the present incarnation of that band. Eisen for his half has up to now tried to publicly mend fences with Static-X. They nevertheless have understandably not been welcoming to his gestures.
In a brand new press launch, Eisen has apparently modified his tune, this time slamming the band for persevering with on with ‘Xer0‘, whereas additionally criticizing the entrance persona’s just lately unveiled new masks.
Eisen stated in that press launch:
“I’ve talked earlier than about Static-X and my involvement with the reunion and the Mission Regeneration album, however I’ve by no means formally weighed in on the controversial masked singer of Static-X, Xer0.
I used to be very near Wayne Static for over 5 years that I used to be within the band. And the present members of Static-X, my former pals, try to cancel and silence me whereas minimizing my involvement and contributions to present and previous Static-X.
Why shouldn’t I communicate out about what they’re doing as they’re out on The Rise Of The Machine tour. I assumed it is likely to be price it to assessment this theatrical factor to their present – the masks.
The dead-skin masks that Xer0 first wore in 2019 was a macabre illustration of Wayne’s picture. However Wayne was NOT a mascot like they attempt to painting – that dehumanizes the very individual they declare to tribute and memorialize.
Portraying the picture of Wayne in a zombie fashion is hurtful to anybody who liked the person. The present is surrounded by heavy steel mayhem and there are all the time skulls and evil photographs concerned on this style, however everybody is aware of there was one thing improper from the beginning with the Xer0 masks.
You solely have to observe the “Hole” video exhibiting Wayne being portrayed as an armless skeleton to see my level!
The photograph shoot that the band did with this Wayne skeleton was so passive aggressive – it’s the band saying: “we couldn’t cope with real-life Wayne, however his skeleton is far more agreeable”.
What Static-X has stated, “shut up, this can be a stunning Memorial!” However you definitely can have a Memorial with out portraying the deceased on this method. Wayne deserves higher.
And now they’ve ‘jumped the shark’ and brought it too far.
Xer0 portraying robot-Wayne is so ridiculous and it’s so clearly misplaced within the authentic vibe of Static-X. Wayne’s stage presence and charisma is sorely missed.
Tony, Ken and Koichi standing subsequent to a expressionless masked entrance man is awkward and appears embarrassing.
Wayne could be happy with all of this? Nobody is shopping for that assertion.
Paying tribute to Wayne is one factor, however representing his picture this manner, zombie/skeleton/robotic, is inappropriate and many individuals really feel as I do.
The Rise of The Machines tour is profitable not solely because of having Concern Manufacturing facility on the tour and a powerful lineup of bands, however primarily because of the songs that Wayne Static wrote and sang.
Xer0 is the one using the coat-tails of Wayne Static. And now he’s in a Halloween getup, doing a Wayne pantomime whereas struggling onstage to see by the light-up eyes and searching all the way down to see what fret his large gloved-fingers are on!
The efficiency has a variety of flashing lights and screens, however is lack-luster and they’re enjoying to method too many backing tracks. Does anybody see the large karaoke teleprompters?
Right here is the chilly onerous fact: Static-X wouldn’t promote one much less ticket, they might not promote one greenback much less in merchandise had we chosen a short-haired unmasked singer. Static-X might have accomplished what Concern Manufacturing facility simply achieved – discovering a terrific new singer that wasn’t making an attempt to ‘substitute’ the earlier singer – and no masks wanted. Wayne’s legacy was the songs, not his hair. He was not a mascot! He was my buddy.
For the document: I used to be the one who got here to Tony Campos with the concept of a reunion in 2016. I used to be additionally the one who introduced Xer0/Edsel Dope into the venture in 2016. It wasn’t Tony, it was me. I’ll take the credit score or the blame.
I introduced in a lot of the songs that made the Mission Regeneration Vol. 1 album successful: “Hole”, “Carry You Down” and “My Destruction/Street To Hell” and extra. Sure, I’m damage by their betrayal, however I believe my former pals within the band can nonetheless make amends. Tony Campos and Ken Jay are good people who don’t prefer to lie.
Individuals ask me what occurred between me and Static-X –on the root it’s a inventive dispute they usually selected deception as an alternative of integrity and honesty. It’s unhappy, actually. A lot of this might be chronicled on my upcoming present: ‘the dope on Static-X Podcast’ set to debut the primary week of April.
I’ve documentation and photographic proof to backup what I’ll be explaining and what I’ve been saying these previous few years. Plus it’s going to be enjoyable speaking about recollections of Wayne with a few of the individuals who knew him finest.
This story will not be over.”
Within the press launch, Eisen supplied an image of himself sat at a restaurant alongside Edsel Dope and Static-X bassist/vocalist Tony Campos which he claims was dated 2016 to debate the present Static-X reunion.
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