October 5, 2002

STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen has finally spoken out about his departure from the MURDERDOLLS, the group he formed with SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison (who plays guitar in the band),singer Wednesday 13, bassist Erik Griffin, and drummer Ben Graves.

The following is Tripp's official statement regarding his decision to leave the group:

"To all MURDERDOLLS fans,

"Tripp here. I made an announcement back in July that I will not be on the upcoming MURDERDOLLS tours. Due to an agreement I had with the band and management I did not announce publicly what the future held for me in the MURDERDOLLS. My announcement now comes with many fans saying, 'No shit, I already knew this.' Fans are very aware & in touch with the music business these days.

"Scheduling with work on the next STATIC-X CD overtook & conflicted with the touring plans of the MURDERDOLLS. It's that simple. I really wish the guys well and feel a great sense of accomplishment with the finished product. The band and the CD are kicking ass all over the world. The MURDERDOLLS is a monster that I helped to craft with my hands, heart and soul over the past 2 years. I truly wish I could be next to my fellow ghouls, but I have a mission to accomplish that takes precedence (I've entered the creative realm of evil disco with Wayne, Ken & Tony).

"My former DOPE bandmate, Acey Slade, enters the fold: he was always in the running for THE REJECTS & MURDERDOLLS. I tried to get him into the band a bunch of times! So he was the logical choice to come in and fill the void. I say to all of them: make me proud, brothers. The world is watching & waiting for you to kick their ass and they can be very unforgiving. There are many battles ahead. Hail & Kill."

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