Wayne Richard Wells (November 4, 1965 – November 1, 2014), known professionally as Wayne Static, The True King of Evil Disco, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for metal band Static-X. He released his only solo studio album, Pighammer, on October 4, 2011. Static died on November 1, 2014.
Wells was born in Muskegon, Michigan to Richard and Darlene Wells He grew up in Shelby, Michigan before moving to Chicago, Illinois and California. He was three years old when he received his first toy guitar. His parents decided at age seven to get him his first real guitar, an S12 beginner model. He was given lessons, which paid off a year later when he won a talent contest playing "Skip to My Lou". He later played in his first band at the age of 12 and decided he wanted to be a musician. In high school, he played in a band for the dances with classmates. He attended Shelby High School and had summer jobs which included working as an asparagus picker and in a cherry canning factory.
Static was recognizable for his unusual hairstyle; his hair was held up in a vertical position, a process that took about 20 minutes to complete. He was known for his signature "chintail" beard.
Static announced in July 2007 that he would begin a side project, Pighammer, but in a December 2007 interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Static stated: "The Pighammer thing will happen when I have time. At the moment though, Static-X will remain my main priority." Static appears on the cover of the 2009 Static-X release, Cult of Static.
Static's solo album Pighammer was released on October 4, 2011. As part of his Pighammer solo-project, Static formed a new line-up consisting of Brent Ashley on bass, Sean Davidson on drums, and Ashes on guitar. In 2012, this line-up went under the name Static-X for the Noise Revolution tour. However in October 2012 the remainder of the tour was cancelled due to Static requiring medical treatment.
He has confirmed that Static-X had disbanded in June 2013. According to Static, the disputes between himself and the band's former bassist Tony Campos over the rights to the band name had gone too far, forcing him to disband the four-piece.
Static died in his sleep on November 1, 2014, three days before his 49th birthday. His death was rumoured as being caused by a drug overdose; the family later issued a statement that his death was not drug-related and happened in his sleep. Former Static-X Members Fukuda and Campos paid tribute to Wayne  Wayne was cremated in California and memorial services are pending in California and Kentucky. 
2009 – Static appeared in 98 Rockfest in Tampa, Fl
2010 – Static appeared as a villain in Issue 4 of the Eternal Descent Comic Book series.
Dean "Modifier" ML, a satin black Dean ML with a contoured top, chrome hardware and chrome covered EMG Pickups (Wayne's first use of active pickups publicly) and block inlays. This was Wayne's first endorsed Dean after leaving ESP in 2010 – 2011.
ESP Wayne Static Signature ESP STATIC-600 EX and V with Gun Metal Blue w/ diamond plate finish (equipped with a single Seymour Duncan Distortion at the bridge).
Static used Epiphone Wayne Static Signature Flying Vs (with neck pickups and toggle switches removed and using Seymor Duncan Distortion pickups) before being endorsed by ESP in early 2007.
Before getting his Epiphone signature, Wayne used different Gibson models. During the early eras of Static-X, Wayne's main guitar was a 1982 Flying V in tobbaco sunburst. Sometime after the release of Wisconsin Death Trip, he began endorsing the Gothic Series V and Explorer, which would be his main guitars until the release of his Epiphone signature model in 2003.
Wayne's main amplifiers, until his death, were the Marshall MG series, which he began using in 2002 - 2003. They can be heard on every Static-X release since Shadow Zone, and on Wayne's solo album Pighammer. Before he used the MG series, Wayne used the Marshall Valvestate 8100, which can be heard on Wisconsin Death Trip and Machine.
^Note that there are other sources which quote other birth years (usually 1970 and 1975), but Mr Static himself has confirmed on his blog that he was born in 1965.
^from interview: "What's your favorite song from record Machine? Wayne: Probably the last song "December"... I actually wrote that in 1983. I was in college at Western Michigan University. It was a very cold day in December. I had a half an hour between classes of time to kill. I went to this little park I used to go to in order to studio, but it was freezing that day. I sat down and wrote the lyrics on this freezing park bench in December. I used to perform that song with an acoustic guitar, because I used to play acoustic music before I turned into the evil disco thing I am. I reinvented that song for Wisconsin Death Trip."