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Wayne Static is the lead singer and guitarist for the industrial-metal group Static-X. Start a War, the group's fourth studio album, will be released on Tuesday, June 14, the same night Static-X will play at Coconuts, 296 N. Stone Ave., with American Head Charge, Bloodsimple and Asesino. For more information, call 884-0600.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Black Flag in '84 on campus at Western Michigan University.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

On my MP3 Player (I can't afford an iPod), I'm listening to Black Label Society, Mafia; Journey, Frontiers; Skinny Puppy, The Greater Wrong of Right.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

I would say about 1,000--that includes 300 CDs and 300-400 12"s.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

I do not. I'm not a big computer guy, so I wouldn't know how to use it.

What was the first album you owned?

Kiss, Alive. My sister and I used to put on Kiss makeup and act out the album on a made-up stage we built.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I'd rather not have a funeral. I want to be cremated immediately.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Stevie Nicks--I love her. It doesn't matter if it's Fleetwood Mac or her solo stuff; she's great.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Paul Stanley from Kiss. I was very young when I discovered Kiss, and Paul Stanley was who I wanted to be. Every year when the band plays on Halloween, we get into our Kiss makeup, and I play as Paul.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Pantera, Vulgar Display of Power. That album's got it all.

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