Ministry have announced the addition of former Tool bassist Paul D’Amour to their lineup. He will be taking over for Tony Campos, who is leaving the group to focus on Static-X.
Frontman Al Jourgensen told Revolver the following about meeting D’Amour in 1992:
“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?”
D’Amour is already in the studio working on new Ministry material and he will be taking the stage with the band during their upcoming European/UK tour.