The memorial show for the late Wayne Static was held at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA this past Tuesday, January 20. Several fan videos of the event have been uploaded to YouTube, one of the entire show, introduced by a Russian-speaking fan, which you can watch below.
The show centered around the 1999 debut album from Static-X, Wisconsin Death Trip, which sold more than one million copies (certainly nothing to scoff at no matter how you feel about the music). The show was opened by the band The Dark, and the tribute set was performed by the band organized to tour and perform with Static on his solo tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool, which was set to begin the day after he died. Talk about a tragic coincidence. Vocal duties were shared by a plethora of Static’s friends and colleagues: members of Snot, Ill Nino, Orgy, Jane’s Addiction, Coal Chamber, Gemini Syndrome, Escape The Fate, Lita Ford, and even Alice Cooper all lent their talents to a truly energetic and at times even touching sendoff to the late king of “Evil Disco.”
The show began with Static’s widow, former adult performer Tera Wray, introducing the night, as well as reminding concert-goers that, despite any rumors that may have been heard, Static did NOT die of a drug overdose. However, toxicology results from the coroner are still pending to find out if drugs or alcohol were in Static’s system and played a role in his death at all. Also during the show, Wray revealed that before Wayne died, he shared nine new songs with her that he had been working on for an upcoming album, and that she eventually does intend to release them publicly.
No word on whether or not any of Wayne’s former Static-X band mates were in attendance that evening, but it appears that Wayne himself actually may have. If you look closely throughout the video, it appears that there is an urn sitting on the stage near the performers with Wayne’s name and birth and death dates engraved on it (possibly containing his ashes)!