Tripp Eisen

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Tripp Eisen
Tripp Eisen
Background information
Birth name Tod Rex Salvador
Born (1965-06-29) June 29, 1965 (age 53)
Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
Genres Industrial metal, nu metal, alternative metal, hard rock, horror punk
Instruments Guitar, bass
Years active 1986-1988,1997–2005, 2016-Present
Labels Warner Bros., Epic, Columbia, Roadrunner
Associated acts Static-X, Dope, Murderdolls, Roughhouse

Tripp Eisen (born Tod Rex Salvador; June 29, 1965),[1] is an American musician, best known as the former guitarist of the industrial metal band Static-X.[1] He is a former member of Dope, Murderdolls, Ace Frehley tribute band Fractured Mirror, Roughhouse (formerly Teeze), and local East Coast bands such as The Right, Ego, and Lovesick.[1]

Born in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, Eisen has made known his libertarian views to many fans throughout his years as a musician. He is a follower of Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand.[1]

Music career[edit]

Dope (1997–2000)[edit]

Dope was formed in 1997, when Eisen met with brothers Edsel and Simon Dope.[2] Eisen brought in friend Preston Nash to play drums, and the band worked the NYC club circuit. In 1998, Dope was signed to Flip/Sony records, and Eisen moved from bass guitar to lead guitar, bringing in Acey Slade—who had first referred Eisen to Dope a few years earlier—to play bass.[2]

After the release of the album "Felons and Revolutionaries" (1999) the band toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada with acts such as: Sevendust, Kid Rock, Static-X, Slipknot, Disturbed, Chevelle, Fear Factory, Staind, and Alice Cooper. During this time, Eisen met Wayne Static and Joey Jordison, with whom he would later work. Eisen appeared in the Dope videos for "Sick" and "Everything Sucks", and gained much notoriety from his wild antics and stage persona. He split with the band in late 2000 due to personal and creative differences.[2]

The debut album sold in excess of 250,000 copies.[3]

Murderdolls (1999–2002)[edit]

A side project formed by Joey Jordison of Slipknot and Tripp Eisen of Dope/Static-X. Circa 1999–2002.[4] The seeds of this project were sown years ago, in the mind and garage of Joey Jordison, under the name The Rejects. This was long before Slipknot and nu-metal's all-conquering domination of the rock scene. The Rejects would eventually morph into Murderdolls, and to Joey, this is no mere side-project.[5]

Murderdolls began to become more than just a figment of Joey's imagination (in 1999) when Slipknot toured with New Yorker's Dope, who had Eisen in their line-up at the time. The two bonded over a mutual love of such bands as Manowar, The Ramones and The Plasmatics.[5]

Tripp Eisen said of musician Joey Jordison, "I had spent my whole life being kind of a glam guy, but also digging the heavy, heavy music...It's rare to find someone who can relate to both, and that's what drew me to Joey. He's into Slayer and Twisted Sister with equal intensity, and there's not many people like that." To Tripp, there's not all that much difference between the two. Both metal and glam are escapist and theatrical in nature, and he points out Mötley Crüe and Slayer both used pentagrams on their albums. Together, during the off time from their respective bands, Joey and Tripp dug up some of Joey's old Rejects songs and dusted them off.[5]

In 2000, they played several shows in Iowa, with original vocalist Dizzy, and also featuring a friend of Tripp's, drummer Racci Shay (who went on to play in the band Dope, and was part of the 2010 lineup of Murderdolls). In 2001 the band continued to evolve, and added another acquaintance of Tripp’s, Wednesday 13 on bass guitar (whom Tripp befriended while on tour with Dope). A few more live shows followed, and the name was changed to Murderdolls. Soon after, the decision was made to move Wednesday into the frontman position. The recording of the album was moved into high gear. Wednesday brought several of his own songs with him. Then, after the album was finished, the line-up was completed by Griffin and Graves.[citation needed]

Eisen was still very much a part of Static-X, who were wrapping up their touring scenario for 2002 and imminently began writing their third album. Singer Wednesday 13, recruited to replace original Rejects singer Dizzy. The two newest members are Ben and Eric, friends of Tripp's from LA. They do not play on the record, and both were struggling musicians who felt left out by the prevalence of post-grunge and down-tuned rap-rock. They were working in shops on trendy Melrose Avenue when Tripp gave them a call. Murderdolls released their debut album Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, on August 19, 2002 via Roadrunner. The album featured Tripp's lead guitar work, and he appeared in the band’s debut video, "Dead in Hollywood". Eisen ultimately parted ways with the band due to Static-X’s recording schedule so he could fully contribute to the band’s third album, Shadow Zone.

Sexual assault charges[edit]

While a member of Static-X, Eisen was arrested on February 10, 2005 on a felony charge in Orange County, California for having sexual intercourse with an underage girl. He was released on bail after only a few hours in custody. Just two weeks later, on February 24, 2005, Eisen was arrested again in California by New Jersey detectives for the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl from Sayreville, New Jersey.[6]

Upon hearing of the arrests, Static-X replaced Eisen with the original guitarist Koichi Fukuda (whom Eisen had replaced after Fukuda left the band in 2001). On June 24, 2005, Eisen pleaded guilty of the charges in California and was sentenced to a year in state prison. After spending late February to late September 2005 in California prison, he was released and due for an October 7, 2005 arraignment in New Jersey on the February 24 charges.[7]

Eisen was back in jail on December 10, 2008 following a parole violation. He was released on October 19, 2009.[8]

On February 23, 2017, Eisen gave his first interview in more than a decade. Talking to Totally Driven Radio he spoke about his arrest and subsequent release from prison:

"There were two cases [involving two separate girls]. I had to deal with both things. And I got through it. Yeah, there was two cases. People can… It's been out there. It's been so long ago. That's why it's kind of hard to talk about it. But I'm here, I'm alive, I'm well, I survived it, and the fact that… It was difficult.[...]"[9]

"Horrible judgment. What happened to me was really bad judgment, terrible mistakes that I made, and I paid a price for ’em."[10][11]


  • Roughhouse (1988) - (guitar, backing vocals)


  1. ^ a b c d "Tripp Eisen Bio". 
  2. ^ a b c Stacey Anderson. "Dope Bio". Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dope Trivia". Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Murderdolls Promo (2002). "Murderdolls Promotions". RoadRunner. 
  5. ^ a b c Sindell, Joshua (2002). "Roadrunner Records Promo". RoadRunner. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Harris, Chris (February 28, 2005). "Static-X Guitarist Charged In Two Separate Sexual Assaults". MTV. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  7. ^ Harris, Chris (September 29, 2005). "Former Static-X Guitarist Out Of Prison, May Be Heading Back". MTV. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Former STATIC-X Guitarist Back In Jail". January 25, 2009. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ex-STATIC-X Guitarist TRIPP EISEN Breaks Silence A Decade After Serving Time For Sex With Minor". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Former Static-X guitarist/kiddie toucher Tripp Eisen says he used “horrible judgment’Metal Insider". Metal Insider. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  11. ^ "Former Static-X/Dope/Murderdolls Guitarist Tripp Eisen Calls Sex with Underage Girls "Horrible Judgment" | MetalSucks". MetalSucks. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2018-04-01.