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Ministry’s New Bassist Is Paul D’Amour (Ex-Tool)

  • Axl Rosenberg

With Tony Campos dashing off to participate in the year’s creepiest reunion tour, Ministry were gonna need a new bass player — and they have apparently found one in Paul D’Amour, who left Tool in-between Undertow and Ænima. Tool is a musician’s musicians’ band and Ministry is playing the same thing on a loop for 7-12 hours at a time, so D’Amour can probably play that shit in his sleep.

Meanwhile, in a new interview with Revolver, Ministry master-minister Al Jourgensen recalled first meeting D’Amour in the early ’90s, when he accidentally dosed the bassist and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan:

“I used to live with Timothy Leary, and he had given me these bottles of liquid LSD to bring on tour. I’d put two drops in my bottle of whiskey that I’d bring onstage. I’d drink about half the bottle during a show. So we were on Lollapalooza in ’92, I think it was San Francisco, and when we came offstage there were these two guys who were like, ‘Great show, dude!’ So I gave them my bottle of Bushmills, but I forgot that I had put LSD in it. So they drank it and they were tripping balls for, like, two or three days. They didn’t know what was going on and they were freaking out. They were ready to call suicidal hotlines. It turned out to be Paul and Maynard from Tool! … But he actually thanked me for that moment because he said it really got Tool going into being a psychedelic band. Pretty cosmic, right?”

And the moral of the story is, “Never ingest anything gifted to you by Al Jourgensen.” Sheesh.

ANYHOO, D’Amour is apparently recording with Ministry and everything. While we wait to hear that, catch him live on Ministry’s upcoming tour of Europe and the UK. Dates are below, courtesy of The PRP:

06/16 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Novarock
06/17 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
06/18 Strasbourg, FRA – Laiterie
06/20 Clisson, FRA – Knotfest (‘Hellfest Open Air‘)
06/22 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/23 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
06/25 Oslo, NOR – Vulkan Arena
06/26 Aarhus, DEN – Voxhall
06/27 Hannover, GER – Pavilion
06/30 Berlin, GER – Huxleys (feat. 3TEETH)
07/02 Bristol, UK – SWX (feat. 3TEETH)
07/03 Glasgow, UK – SWG3 (feat. 3TEETH)
07/04 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute (feat. 3TEETH)
07/06 London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (feat. 3TEETH)
07/07 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge (feat. 3TEETH)
07/09 Bochum, GER – Matrix (feat. 3TEETH)
07/10 Prague, CZE – Roxy (feat. 3TEETH)
07/11 Budapest, HUN – A38 (feat. 3TEETH)
07/12 Timisoara, ROM – Rock La Mures
07/13 Kosice, SLO – Collosseum Club
07/15 Riga, LAT – Melna Piektdiena (feat. Dying Fetus)
07/16 Tallinn, EST – Rock Cafe (feat. Dying Fetus)
07/17 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone (feat. Dying Fetus)
07/19 Gavle, SWE – Gefle Metal Festival

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