Ill Nino’s Cristian Machado, Dave Navarro + More Rock Wayne Static Memorial Show
There was a lot of love and whole lot of “evil disco” in the room Tuesday night (Jan. 20) at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles as a collective of rockers came together to pay their respects through music to late Static-X frontman Wayne Static. The rocker passed away in his sleep late last fall at the age of 48.
After some early comments by Static’s widow Tera Wray about how happy she was that this concert was taking place with many of Wayne’s family and friends in attendance, the show got rocking, with the early focus being placed on Static’s 1999 classic, ‘Wisconsin Death Trip.’
Ill Nino‘s Cristian Machado and Diego Verduzco, Gemini Syndrome‘s Aaron Nordstrom, Snot‘s Carl Bensley, Orgy‘s Jay Gordon, We Are the Riot’s Jimmy Trigger, Escape the Fate‘s Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft, Genitorturers’ Eric Griffin, Psyclon 9’s Nero, The Defiled’s Stitch, Lita Ford and Static-X bassist Marty O’Brien and 9 Electric’s Ron Thunderwood and Mikey Lopez and more joined Static’s solo band in bringing the disc to life.
After a brief breather, the show continued with musicians such as Society 1’s Matt Zane, Jane’s Addiction‘s Dave Navarro, Coal Chamber‘s Meegs Rascon, Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss and many of the ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ guests chiming in on familiar Static-X favorites as ‘I’m With Stupid,’ ‘Cannibal,’ ‘Destroyer,’ ‘Stingwray,’ ‘Assassins of Youth’ and ‘Destroy All.’
It should be noted that Static’s widow, Tera Wray, revealed during the show that Wayne shared with her nine songs from his next album the night before he died and she intends on eventually releasing them to the public. She also ended the night by quoting one of Wayne’s favorite songs, ‘Behind the Sky.’
The other main attraction of the night was Snot, who delivered a blistering, mosh-pit igniting set featuring such standouts as ‘Joy Ride,’ ‘Stoopid,’ and ‘I Jus’ Lie’ among others. 9 Electric also provided an energetic set earlier in the evening, punctuated by ‘Destroy As You Go,’ a track that initially featured Wayne Static on it. The Dark opened up the night.
Wayne Static Memorial Show Photo Gallery