The Press Release:
Multi-platinum selling industrial music icons Static-X will bring more of their self-proclaimed “Evil Disco” to the masses with their Rise Of The Machine North American Tour 2022. The 37-date run, produced by Live Nation, kicks off on February 21st in Portland, OR and runs over 5 weeks wrapping up on April 3rd in San Francisco, CA. General tickets go on sale starting Friday, September 17 at 10am LOCAL. .” More information on tickets, meet & greets and other VIP experiences for the Rise Of The Machine tour can be found at: www.Static- X.com. (linked at the close)
The tour will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the band’s RIAA Gold-certified sophomore album Machine which is being re-released next year and will serve as a continuation of their memorial tribute to honor their late singer Wayne Static. Joining the touring Static-X lineup of Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda, Ken Jay, and Xer0, will be fellow industrial metal pioneers Fear Factory and Dope, along with special guests Mushroomhead and Twiztid (appearing on select dates). The Rise Of The Machine tour will also celebrate career anniversaries for both Fear Factory and Dope with Fear Factory celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band and Dope celebrating the 20th anniversary of their cult metal anthem “Die MF Die.”
“We are so excited to finally get back out on the road. We plan to play most of the songs off of both Machine and Wisconsin Death Trip, as well a number of nice surprises that are being incorporated into the set list. It is going to be awesome to have Fear Factory, Dope, & Mushroomhead back out on the road with us to share in all of this nostalgic insanity. All in all, this package is going to be one for the ages and we can’t wait to get out there and celebrate 20 years of our Machine record, while we continue to remember all of the good times that we had with Wayne and to share it live and loud with all of our fans night after night,” explains Static-X.
“I’m beyond excited to finally turn the Fear Factory machine back on and start crushing stages alongside our longtime friends in Static X,” adds Dino Cazares of Fear Factory.
“We are honored to be part of this tour. Static-X, Fear Factory, & Dope toured together back in 1999. It was the first time that we all met, and it laid the foundation for all of the tours that Dope and Static have done together. I can’t wait to get back out there and get crazy with all the fans!” exclaims Edsel Dope.
The 20th anniversary release of Machine – scheduled for February 18, 2022 – features newly remastered audio by Ulrich Wild and features all 12 tracks from the original release, as well as 3 new bonus tracks: “Wisconsin Death Trip (Live 2019 Regeneration featuring Wayne Static),” “Sweat of the Bud (Live 2019 Xer0)” and “I’m With Stupid (Live 2019 Regeneration featuring Wayne Static).” Originally released in 2001, Machine would ultimately turn out to be the last album recorded by the 4 original members of Static-X. All of the lead vocals and guitars on Machine were performed by Wayne Static, while bass, backing vocals, drums, and programming contributions came from founding members Tony Campos, Ken Jay, & Koichi Fukuda. The limited-edition release will have packaging featuring fully reimagined artwork and will be available in multiple configurations including multiple color vinyl sequenced on 2 discs, with an etching of the Static-X Shock symbol on side D. Machine 20th anniversary is now available for pre-order at: www.Static-X.com.
Rise Of The Machine North American Tour 2022:
Feb 21 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Feb 22 – Seattle, WA – Showbox^
Feb 23 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater^ Feb 24 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory^
Feb 25 – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert Hall
Feb 26 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse^ Feb 27 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Mar 01 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren*
Mar 02 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater*^ Mar 03 – Oklahoma City, OK – Whiskey Nights*^ Mar 04 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues*
Mar 05 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater* Mar 06 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues*
Mar 08 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater*
Mar 09 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live*^
Mar 10 – Charlotte, NC – Underground*
Mar 11 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage*
Mar 12 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live*
Mar 13 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
* Featuring Special Guest Mushroomhead # Featuring Special Guest Twiztid
^ Not a Live Nation Date
Mar 15 – Montreal, QC – Corona*^
Mar 16 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix*^
Mar 17 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall* Mar 18 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde*
Mar 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave*^
Mar 20 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection* Mar 22 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues # Mar 23 – Philadelphia, PA – T.L.A.#
Mar 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian#
Mar 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts#
Mar 26 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues#
Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore# Mar 28 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater# Mar 29 – Denver, CO – The Summit#
Mar 31 – Las Vegas, NH – House Of Blues# Apr 01 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues# Apr 02 – Los Angeles, Ca – Belasco Theater# Apr 03 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore#
L to R: Ken Jay (Drums), Koichi Fukuda (Guitars), Xer0 (Vocals/Guitars), Tony Campos (Bass) Photo Credit: Matt Zane
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I caught one of the stops by Static-X that also featured Dope in what many are calling “The Before Times” and it was a great night of Metal. Come March, I’m going to try to participate once again because it was very enjoyable. I am also excited that the NYC Show includes Mushroomhead who I’ve not seen in a long time and Twiztid who would be a first for me even after so long in the game. You readers can chime in and let me know what you think about this tour announcement and maybe even more so if you caught one of the earlier Static-X go rounds. Speaking as a general more casual fan I loved it and thought it brought a lot of energy to the room. After the last almost two years we’ve had thanks to the pandemic, I think that kind of energy is a very welcome thing. Alright I am out. Stay safe, stay masked where you need to and remember that a whole lot of Covid-19 precautions are now in place in numerous locations. See you next time.