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Actor Jason Momoa Credits Covering Tool’s “Sober” For His Love Of Playing Bass, Fields Questions From Metal Legends


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Actor Jason Momoa (‘Aquaman‘, ‘Game Of Thrones‘) has long proudly identified as a metalhead, being spotted backstage—and sometimes onstage—at various shows over the years and having more recently been seen jamming with Primus frontman/bassist Les Claypool and more. Last year also saw him lend his talents to Philp H. Anselmo‘s Scour, appearing on the track “Doom.

Though he originally started out playing guitar, Momoa credits a jam session of Tool‘s “Sober” while on the set of of ‘Aquaman‘ as what catalyst that for inspiring him to play bass. Speaking with Guitar World regarding that, he offered:

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“We were on the set of ‘Aquaman‘. I always have instruments on the set, so my son was playing drums and my daughter was playing guitar. It was my assistant’s birthday, and she really loves Tool, so I borrowed a bass from my buddy and we all played ‘Sober‘ for her. Right then, my passion for bass really exploded. The moment I put it on, I could just feel the connection – and it was all over.”

“I always knew I wanted to play bass. After that I wanted to play standup, so I bought one and now it’s a passion for me, with how it makes me feel and how it sounds. I studied and studied and studied bass, and I was like ‘My God, I wish I would have done this when I was young.’ I wish that I had that opportunity –but I’m making up for lost time.”

The Guitar World feature also finds Momoa opening up on how he came to discover heavier music, crediting his early days skateboarding as being key. Speaking of the music he listened to during his teenage years, he offered:

Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, Primus, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers. I really, really love John Frusciante and Flea, they’re really huge in my life. Tool, too. I listen to pretty much all of it. A lot of the music I search for is a lot more off the beaten path nowadays. I respect everyone out there doing it, because it’s so hard and so challenging, and I just try not to judge.”

He added:

“I’m really rooted, like one of my gods in music is Tom Waits, but having said that, my goddess is probably Ani DiFranco. I was raised with Miles Davis and Janis Joplin, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor is one of my all-time favorites, too.”

The aforementioned feature with Guitar World also finds Momoa fielding various bass-related questions from his peers and idols, including PrimusLes Claypool, Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo, Pantera‘s Rex Brown, Slayer‘s Tom Araya, Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and Anthrax‘s Frank Bello. You can find that whole thing over at guitarworld.com.

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