22 August 2019 at Eaton Hills Hotel
It was a cold Thursday night and I was lining up outside the largest pub in the southern hemisphere – The Eaton’s Hill Hotel, to see one of the most loved industrial metal act of all time, Static-X. Tonight was a show to not only commemorate the sad passing of Wayne Static, but also the anniversary of the album that started it all, Wisconsin Death Trip. In support were two bands that were dear friends of Wayne and Static-X, and could tour in their own right; Dope and Wednesday 13. With a late open we were finally let-in to the gorgeous grand ballroom to grab a drink and await the first band.
It had been ten years since Dope had graced our shores but the wait was certainly worth it. With such hits as Die MF Die, Blood Money, Fuck Tomorrow, and of course Spin Me Round Like a Record, they packed a lot of energy in the short time they had which set the tone for the rest of the night.
Next up was Wednesday 13 with an all new darker image and heavier sound. With a couple of horror-themed costume changes Wednesday showed us that he’s a worthy successor to the king of spooky, Alice Cooper. Hail to the Ming started the show, then came Get Your Grave On, Serpent Society, and Decompose. Wednesday ended with the old hit, Bad Things, and the whole crowd was more than ready for the headliner.
Finally, it was time for what we’d all been waiting for, the pioneers of Evil Disco, Static-X. Now, I assumed that Wisconsin Death Trip would be played in order of the tracklist. Instead, they presented the album as a concert setlist with their other hits. After the instrumental track December played over the P.A. out came Tony, Ken, Koichi, and the mysterious Zero. They then launched into Bled for Days and the title track, Wisconsin Death Trip. It only got better from there. Love Dump was an epic rendition that left most fans breathless. After The Trance is the Motion the band had their customary shots then launched into hits from their second album, Machine.
Get to the Gone, Black and White, and the amazing This is Not started the second half of the show. Behemoth capped it off then they came back for the encore. Cold, I’m with Stupid and of course Push It ended what was a fitting send-off for the late Wayne Static.
As the lights came on and we all filed out of the Grand Ballroom, not one fan was left unsatisfied.
Line-up: Static-X, Wednesday 13, Dope
Reviewer: Will Ferguson