Former STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos says that he never got a chance to repair his friendship with Wayne Static before the STATIC-X frontman’s death, explaining that Wayne “was just stuck in his world, and nobody could reach him.”
Static died in November 2014 after mixing a cocktail of Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol.
Asked if he ever had an opportunity to sit down with Wayne and work out their differences during the five years between STATIC-X‘s original split and Static‘s death, Campos told the “Talk Toomey” podcast (hear audio below): “No, unfortunately, that never happened. Had [Wayne] gotten clean, or at least said, ‘Hey, man, I need help getting clean,’ or something, I would have definitely been there for that. But he was just stuck in his world, and nobody could reach him.”
Campos also talked about the difficulties of touring with someone like Static who was allegedly abusing drugs even during the period while Tony was still in the band. He said: “Towards the end of the band, in ’09, his habits weren’t as bad as he [eventually] got. So I don’t know how bad it was being on tour with him after 2009, ’cause I wasn’t there, but I can only imagine.”
Tony told Horns Up Rocks! last year that he wasn’t friends with Static the last five years of Wayne‘s life because the STATIC-X frontman “went down a path that none of the other guys in the band wanted to go down. You can’t help somebody that doesn’t wanna be helped. And he didn’t wanna hear it from anybody, least of all me. When somebody doesn’t want the help, there’s nothing you can do; you’ve just gotta let them do what they’re gonna do. Unfortunately, the path he went on ended up costing him his life.”
The 48-year-old Static, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, was found dead in his Landers, California home on November 1, 2014.
Static founded STATIC-X in 1994 and achieved commercial success with the band’s 1999 debut, “Wisconsin Death Trip”, which included the rock radio hit “Push It”.
The group issued five more studio albums before disbanding permanently in June 2013. Static had been pursuing a solo career at the time of his death.
“Talk Toomey” podcast (audio):