STATIC-X will release a new album called "Project Regeneration" in 2019, featuring the last recordings of the band's late frontman Wayne Static. Also appearing on the disc, which will feature more than a dozen newly recorded, previously unreleased STATIC-X songs, will be the rest of the group's original lineup — bassist Tony Campos, drummer Ken Jay and guitarist Koichi Fukuda — along with many special guests. A world tour, which will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the band's debut album, "Wisconsin Death Trip", will launch next year.
Campos explained the project's mission in a video message posted on the STATIC-X YouTube channel. He said: "With the 20th anniversary of 'Wisconsin Death Trip' coming right around the corner, it feels like the right time to pay our respects — to the band, to Wayne and to all the fans that supported us right from the start. With the help of longtime STATIC-X producer Ulrich Wild, the original band lineup of myself, Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay are in the process of completing a brand new STATIC-X record, 'Project Regeneration'. The album will feature the final vocal performances and musical compositions from Wayne Static. For the unfinished tracks, we're inviting our friends to lend us their vocal talents to help us complete this very personal project. With the assistance of SiriusXM's Jose Mangin, we are in the process of reaching out to David Draiman from DISTURBED, Ivan Moody of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, Al Jourgensen from MINISTRY, Dez Fafara from COAL CHAMBER and DEVILDRIVER, Edsel from the band DOPE, Burton C. Bell from FEAR FACTORY, as well as a handful of others, to see if they can take some time off their busy schedules to help contribute to this project.
"In the end, we expect this album to be between 12 and 15 brand new STATIC-X tracks. It's the original lineup back together for all the right reasons."
Campos also talked about STATIC-X's plans to tour in support of the album, saying: "'Wisconsin Death Trip' was our biggest record — it set the tone for everything we did from there on out. We're gonna celebrate the importance of 'Wisconsin Death Trip' with you while we properly pay our respects to our brother Wayne each and every night as part of the 20th-anniversary of 'Wisconsin Death Trip' reunion tour.
"Wayne had fans everywhere, so why not do a memorial show for him everywhere. So we're gonna play a killer, old-school set that features a majority of the 'Wisconsin Death Trip' record, along with all the other old-school STATIC-X favorites that you all love. We plan on having a very interactive show with huge LED walls, big sound and lots of production. We wanna make sure that the 20th-anniversary of 'Wisconsin Death Trip' reunion tour happens all over the U.S. Once we get that unlocked, we can focus on the rest of the world."
Wayne Static died four years ago after mixing Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol, according to the coroner's report. 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 "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.