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Former Tool Bassist Paul D’Amour Joins Ministry, Al Jourgensen Recalls Accidentally Dosing Tool With LSD


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While it may not be the Paul that some Ministry fans had hoped would be joining the band on bass after last year’s developments, the band have announced the addition of former Tool bassist Paul D’Amour to their ranks. He joins the group as bassist Tony Campos steps down to tour throughout the year with the reunited Static-X.

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen commented of the lineup changes recently with Revolver, stating:

“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?”

According to the same interview, D’Amour has also recently been in the studio with Ministry working on new material. You can catch him out with the band on the following European/UK tour:

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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