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Tool Opens Up – Metal Edge Interview

Last night I was in town and was taking a look through the magazine racks in Borders when I found the latest copy of Metal Edge magazine, the one containing the interview by Bryan Reeseman mentioned in yesterday’s post.  Despite the outrageous markup on the magazine due to it being an import, I forked over my hard earned cash so i coudl share some of it with my Fourtheye readers.  Someone better buy me a beer at the BDO next year…

Anyway I’m not going to post scans of the article, since that would violate copyright, but I’m going to post a couple of excerpts I found interesting, and also post the magazine cover.  The photo shoot for the mag has a astronaut/space theme, with all of the guys dressed in space suits.  As usual Camella has done a great job with the photos.

Do you guys play practical jokes on each other?

MK: We haven’t lately.

DC: It’s been a while.

AJ: That’s not true.  There was the kick drum face.  We were in New Orleans, and Dan wanted to go see this drummer play.  He’s played with Prince and Madonna, and now he’s on tour with his own rock band.  We went down, and it was kind of a forty-ish crowd, very meat market.  The guy was great.  He’s a really good drummer, but he’s like 300 pounds and has a picture of himself….

DC: Airbrushed.

AJ: ….with sunglasses on his kick drum.  So we thought “Man, that’s so stupid.” So we got two pictures of Dan, and at the next show we put them on his kick drum heads.

DC: I had never even seen them.  I had no idea.  I went through the whole show, and then a couple of people emailed me: “That’s cool, man, showing your pictures [on there].”

JC: Normally we fuck with our support band a little bit as well, towards the end [of the tour].

Funny how the talk about a forty-ish crowd at the show.  Do they forget how old they are?

Do you guys shop at Justin’s bookstore?

MK: It’s a bit of a drive.

AJ: I tried but it was closed [laughter]

JC: A lot of people say that.

DC: “Be back in five minutes”

On Maynard‘s taste in movies:

 AJ: ….I really love going to the theater.

DC: It’s always cool to see a movie on the big screen.

Unless it sucks

DC: I don’t care.

AJ: Ask Maynard.  He saw The Crow.  Twice.  Talk about a practical joke.  “Dude you’ve got to see The Crow.  It blew my mind!”  And we all went.

MK: I’m in the back, watching them all go, “You’re a fucking asshole!  This movie is fucking horrible!” “Ha ha ha! Want some popcorn?”

AJ: We kept waiting for that moment for it to get good.

MK: They got me back.  The fucking dickhead got me back.

AJ: I got you a couple of times.

MK: He told me to check out Billy Madison because it was really funny, so I rented it.  “You’re a fucking asshole.”

Overall it’s a great interview, though more of an insight into the members of Tool and their personalities and tastes, rather than them talking about Tool and their music.  If you see a copy, I’d recommend buying it and reading the whole thing.

Metal Edge Cover

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