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Tool’s Adam Jones Once Pranked The Melvins’ Dale Crover By Having A Cop Plant Cocaine & A Gun On Him


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Melvins, etc. drummer Dale Crover has shared the tale of the time Tool guitarist Adam Jones enlisted a police officer in Texas to pull the Melvins over and prank them by planting drugs and a firearm on them. Speaking on the ‘Chuck Shute Podcast‘ (check it out here), Crover relayed that tale, which took place somewhere back around 2012 as follows:

“We got pulled over in Texas, right outside of Houston. And the cop finds some weed on the ground, right outside of our van. It wasn’t ours… Well, I mean, funny enough that I knew it wasn’t ours. Cuz I knew none of us had any weed. None of us are stupid enough to have any weed driving through Texas, at least I thought.

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Especially the guy who got blamed for that part, because I knew that he didn’t even smoke weed, which was which was our road manager at the time.

And anyway so yeah we get pulled over by this, you know, big, huge Buford pusser style Southern cop and he finds this weed and he’s ‘Whose weed is this? All right, everybody out of the car.’ And he gets us all out of the car and he’s like, ‘I’m gonna search all your bags’, you know he’s being the total dick cop or whatever.

And I’m kind of talking to him like you know ‘Hey that’s not ours.’ [He replied] ‘Oh yeah, you the spokesman for the group? You smoke weed?’ And so, he goes to search my bag where I can’t see, he’s like behind our van. And then he comes up and he’s like ‘You come here.’ And I go back there and I see my bag on the hood of his car. ‘What the fuck is sticking out of my bag?’

And so he cuffs me. Then he starts pulling stuff out of my bag, he’s like ‘Look what we got here.’ He pulls out a gun pulls and I’m like what? He pulls out a 9mm and he’s like ‘You got firearms, that’s a federal offense in Texas here.’ And then he pulls out scales and I’m like what? ‘You got scales.’ And I’m just going like what the fuck. And then he’s like, ‘Oh Lord, look what we got here.’ And he pulls out the biggest bag of cocaine I’ve ever seen in my life. ‘Oh, man. Looks like you’re going to prison.’

You know, I’m just like ‘lawyer.’ And he’s like ‘Oh really, you want a lawyer after all this? You don’t want to get DEA down here and talk to them.’ and I’m like ‘No, lawyer. Lawyer.’ All right. And then, and then he puts me in the car… I’m totally just thinking like, you know, okay, he’s planted all this stuff in my bag. You know what I don’t get, you know, what’s his… What’s his scam here?… So I tried to figure out what the deal was… I’m like, does he want money? you know, [should I] bribe him? Like ‘If you look at my bag, a little further, you might find something else in there officer.’

So then he puts me in the car. And then, you know, I’m like ‘Hey can I talk to  my friends up there?’ And he’s like ‘I don’t know why, he’s going to jail too. He’s the one I found weed on.’ I’m like ‘Please.’ and he says ‘All right.’ And so my, my road manager comes back and looks at the car and sees all this stuff spread out. I’m like, ‘You see what’s going on here? He planted that stuff in my bag. Don’t let him look in your guy’s bag without you watching him.’ And so then he starts explaining to him like, ‘I have reason to believe that this is not his stuff at all.’…

‘Oh really, who is this guy?’ And he’s like oh, his name’s Dale Crover, he plays in this band the Melvins.’ And he’s like ‘I’ve never heard you guys, I guess your show’s canceled tonight, huh?’ And Snoop Dogg had just come through and had been busted and [the cop] was like ‘This is going to be on CNN just like the big Snoop Dogg bust.’ And then he gets me out of car and I’m like ‘Okay. He’s like, Well, you know, I just want to tell you guys, Adam Jones from Tool said you guys are pranked.’ He was friends with Adam. That’s how that happened.”

When asked if they ever got Jones back for the prank, Crover replied ‘not yet’. Earlier in the chat, Crover spoke of how the Melvins only got to perform on the 1998 ‘Ozzfest‘ tour at the behest of Tool, who were among the headlining acts that year.

At one point he stated that the Melvins kind of stuck out on the tour amid the nü-metal heavy lineup, but they were offered the spot thanks to Tool‘s sway. He said of that, “it wasn’t as if ‘Ozzfest‘ wanted us there, necessarily. We weren’t picked to be on the ‘Ozzfest‘. We were only there because of the Tool guys.” He also spoke of the pay to play nature of that tour and how they managed to avoid that, also thanks in parts to Tool. He commented:

“What we didn’t realize until later is… we were getting paid. ‘Ozzfest‘ was giving us $500 and Tool were giving us another $500 and taking us on their bus. It wasn’t until I was talking to one of the guys on the second stage—one of the bands, I can’t remember the band—but, talking to the singer and he’s like, ‘Ah man. We’re having a hard time we had to call home and get money from our parents.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh really? Wow, you guys are losing money?’ He’s like, ‘Well, we’re not getting paid.’ It was like ‘What? you guys aren’t getting paid?’ And then I realized that none of those bands on that second stage were getting paid…”

Of course several of the second stage bands on that run of the ‘Ozzfest‘ tour later went on to find fame, including System Of A Down and Incubus.

Crover himself released his new solo album “Rat-A-Tat-Tat!” last month. He can also be heard on the new Melvins album “Working With God“, due out February 26th.

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