Static-X Defends Decision To Use Masked Singer On Tour

Static-X has explained its decision to enlist a vocalist who will wear a mask in the likeness of late frontman Wayne Static during the band's upcoming reunion tour. The North American trek, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Static-X's Wisconsin Death Trip album and pays homage to Static, also features DevilDriver and Dope.

While the identity of Static-X's touring singer has not been officially revealed, strong rumors suggest that Dope frontman Edsel Dope will pull double duty during the trek and also perform with the surviving original members of Static-X.

On April 2nd, Static-X drummer Ken Jay, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and bassist Tony Campos released a statement in which they addressed the criticism they received from some Static-X fans over the use of a singer wearing a Wayne Static mask.

They wrote, "We obviously wish that Wayne was here doing this with us. Unfortunately, that is not an option. Rather than putting someone else's face in his place for our 20th anniversary tour, we have chosen to memorialize him and to ultimately to immortalize him. In our hearts, there is no greater display of respect than what we are doing."

Wayne Static died in November 2014 after mixing Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol, according to the coroner's report. The 48-year-old, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, was found dead in his Landers, California home.