The vocalist who is wearing a mask in the likeness of late frontman Wayne Static during STATIC-X's current reunion tour says that the response to the shows so far "has been incredible."
The North American trek, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of STATIC-X's platinum-certified "Wisconsin Death Trip" album and pays homage to Static, features co-headliner DEVILDRIVER and support from DOPE.
While the identity of STATIC-X's touring singer has not been officially revealed, strong rumors suggest that DOPE frontman Edsel Dope is pulling double duty during the trek and is performing with drummer Ken Jay, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and bassist Tony Campos.
STATIC-X's latest addition, who calls himself "Xer0", took to the band's Facebook on Thursday (June 20) to write: "Dear STATIC-X fans around the world. Now that the opening night of the tour is behind us, I wanted to personally take a moment to say thank you to all the fans for being so incredibly warm to me.
"This is a very unique situation and I was asked to fill the enormous shoes left behind by our dear friend Wayne Static for this 20th-anniversary tour.
"I absolutely understand the sensitive nature of my role and I have approached this with the utmost respect.
"I knew Wayne for the better part of 15 years, as we toured together extensively and I've considered him to not only be a colleague, but also a friend.
"Wayne was an amazing talent and my goal has been to represent him and to honor his legacy with my performances each night.
"I have reached deep inside myself to grow and expand my vocal capabilities to serve this experience to the best of my ability.
"The first couple of shows have been unbelievable. The response has been incredible. The band, the fans, everyone is feeling the emotion and power of these shows.
"I know that Wayne would be so proud of this memorial and he would be blown away to know that so many people have come out to celebrate his legacy and the music that he and the guys made together back in the late '90s.
"I'm not sure that anyone could have imagined so many 'sold-out' shows exploding with the sounds of 'Wisconsin Death Trip' 20 years later.
"I want to thank Tony, Ken and Koichi, for believing in me and for allowing me to be a part of this.
"I am honored and humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response.
"I'm going to bring it each and every single night for my old friend Wayne Static!!!"
STATIC-X kicked off its reunion tour Tuesday night (June 18) in Tempe, Arizona.
"Project Regeneration", featuring the last recordings of Static, will be released later this year. The rest of the group's original lineup will also be featured on the album and in the music videos.
STATIC-X is currently focused on finishing 12 tracks for "Project Regeneration", with almost all of them set to feature Wayne's lead vocals.
STATIC-X is in the process of finalizing a label partner in order to ensure that "Project Regeneration" will be promoted and distributed worldwide, just like all of the band's previous albums.
Last fall, STATIC-X released a teaser featuring clips from a brand-new music video, as well as five new STATIC-X tracks — "Road To Hell", "Something Of My Own", "Terminator Oscillator", "Hollow" and "Disco Otsego" — along with a personal message from Campos about the inspiration behind "Project Regeneration".
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.
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.