Jun 28, 2019

Static-X, Dope, Wednesday 13 - Soundstage

By Bob Suehs

STATIC-X / WEDNESDAY 13 / DEVIL DRIVER / DOPE

6/28/19

Baltimore, MD

Soundstage

DOPE Set List: Blood Money, 66 Sick, Bring It On, Die MF Die, I’m Back, Sick, Burn, Addiction, Spin Me Round

Wednesday 13 Set List: Hail Ming, Get Your Grave, Zodiac, Serpent Society, What The Night Brings, Prey For Me, Keep Watching The Skies

Devil Driver Set List: Ruthless, Grin Fucked, Cry, Hold Back The Day, I Could Care Less, Wander, My Night Sky, Sail, Hangman’s Noose, Loco, Fiend, Clouds Over Cali, End Of The Line

Static-X Set List:  Bled For Days, Wisconsin Death Trip, FIX, Sweat of the Bud, Love Dump, I Am, Ostegolation, Trance Is The Motion, Get To The Gone, Black & White, This Is Not, Destroy All, Start A War, Behemoth, Cold, I’m With Stupid, Push It

 The classic line up of Static-X have been inactive for nearly a decade; Wayne Static revived the brand for a short period of time before his passing in November of 2014;  This tour is a tribute to the legacy of Wayne Static and Static-X.  The Baltimore tour stop was a sold out show with a line up that made it feel like the early 2000’s were back again with opening acts Dope, Devil Driver, and Wednesday 13.

 Wednesday 13 performed a short set which highlighted new material from their “Zodiac” release coming soon.  Wednesday has a new haircut, new make up, and a stage production which is equal parts odd and intense.  The crowd enjoyed Wednesday’s set and band members hung out at the merch table shortly after their set ended to meet fans and sign autographs.

 Dope performed an extremely short set and this was due in part to Mr. Edsel Dope pulling double duties as frontman for both Dope and Static-X.  

Dope opened with “Blood Money” and their short set was a nice mix of classics and newer Dope hits.  “You Spin Me Round” was the set closer and “Die MF Die” was clearly the best song in their set.  Sound wise Dope sounded great and their set was high energy from start till finish.

DOPE bassist Acey Slade will be joining DOPE for the remainder of the tour but sadly he was not a part of the Baltimore show due to scheduling conflicts.  (Acey is a member of The Misfits and was performing with them)

 Devil Driver were direct support for this tour and they brought an interesting setlist that featured two Coal Chamber classics, “Loco” and “Fiend” which brought the house down.

 Dez sported black eyeliner and his new face tatts are fierce.  Dez gave photographers the finger throughout the first 3 songs and the band were clearly having a blast onstage as they interacted amongst themselves and with the audience.

 At the merch tables all short sleeve t-shirts were $25 and the merch tables all did solid business.  

 “Static-X were the nights headliner and their 90+ minute set was an amazing tribute to the life of Wayne Static.  Edsel Dope is the frontman of Static-X and despite wearing a mask it’s clear as day that it’s Mr. Dope under the mask!

 Static-X sounded amazing, the crowd sang every single word to every song, and the band was having a blast reliving their past glory.

Static-X utilized 2 large monitors onstage which showed song lyrics and chords just incase Edsel needed a little help at any time during the set.

 It was announced after the Baltimore show took place that the Scranton, PA show happening on June 30, 2019 was cancelled due to venue issues.

 The only noticable change in this Static-X show was the lack of “I Was Made For Loving You” by KISS being played at the end of the show which was always a staple of every Static performance.

 The large LED screens which Static-X and Devil Driver used during their performances added a big arena rock feel to the show.  

 This billing worked on every level: the bands all fit, the crowd enjoyed every moment, each band brought their own style/energy/vibe which created a unique show experience for everyone in attendance.