Dale Crover (Melvins) Says Adam Jones (Tool) Once Pranked Him By Having A Cop Plant Cocaine & A Gun In His Bag

During a recent appearance on the “Chuck Shute Podcast,” Dale Crover (Melvins) recalled the time he was pranked by Adam Jones (Tool). Crover said that Jones had a cop mess with him by planting cocaine and a gun in his bag.

Here’s Crover’s full story [via The PRP]:

“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.

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.”

Crover went on to say that he has yet to get back at Jones.

Jason Momoa Says Covering Tool’s “Sober” Led To His Love Of Bass Playing

Metalhead actor Jason Momoa recently discussed his love of bass during an interview with Guitar World. According to him, he became a bigger fan of the instrument after covering Tool’s “Sober” on the set of “Aquaman.”

Momoa said the following:

“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.”

He also discussed the music he listened to as a teenager:

“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.”

Head over to Guitar World to read the full feature, which also finds Momoa answering questions from members of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Pantera, and Primus.

[via The PRP]

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Says He Contracted COVID-19 Twice

During an interview with “Strombo” on Apple Music Hits, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc.) revealed that he ended up contracting COVID-19 twice. The frontman previously said that he had the disease in February 2020 and has since confirmed that he had it again in “mid-November and ended up in the ER on December 1.” He also added:

“Ugly, ugly. Couldn’t breathe. I could barely put two words together without going into a coughing fit that, you know? It ended up kind of also progressing into pneumonia. So, if I stayed in the hospital, they said, ‘Okay, we can keep you here, but you’re fighting 12 other people for a bed and a ventilator we don’t have, so what do you want to do?’ I’m like, ‘Well, I need to breathe and I need to sleep.’ So, you’re just treating symptoms at that point. There’s nothing you can do other than treat the symptom, so for a real cough medicine, not the crap over-the-counter and then like an inhaler, and some antibiotics to fight the pneumonia and strap the fuck in.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Kitchen Sink Autographed By Tool To Be Auctioned Off To Benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

A kitchen sink signed by Tool is set to be auctioned off to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. The item is part of Julien’s Auctions‘ upcoming “Icons And Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll” auction, which will take place on December 1 at 10:00am PDT. Items from members of Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold, and more will also be up for grabs as well.

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Nearly $95,000 Worth Of Tool Guitarist Adam Jones’ New Signature Guitars Stolen In Whiteland, Indiana

On October 30, a pallet containing 13 of Tool guitarist Adam Jones‘ new 1979 Les Paul Custom signature guitars were stolen from a Sweetwater truck at a truck stop in Whiteland, Indiana. The instruments were said to be worth nearly $95,000.

Sweetwater‘s Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich commented:

“Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this ONE pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop. Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, we feel this person(s) knew exactly what to look for and when.”

Gibson‘s CMO Cesar Gueikian added:

“These guitars were the dream guitars of 13 Gibson and Adam Jones fans, who had been patiently waiting for them to be delivered. We have decided to publish the serial numbers of the 13 stolen guitars and are appealing to all of Gibson’s fans to keep an eye out for them and let us know if they surface. Our fans should ask any third-party sellers for a serial number before purchasing to be sure they are not being sold one of the stolen guitars.”

Detective Kenny Polley of the Whiteland Police Department is currently on the case and he is seeking information regarding the theft. If you know anything, you can contact him at KPolley@whitelandpd.us or (317) 535-8100. Here’s the serial numbers:

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Tool’s Adam Jones Shares New Short Film “The Witness”

Tool’s Adam Jones is celebrating the announcement of his new 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar with a new short film called “The Witness.” The clip, which features music from Jones and his Tool bandmates Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor, was produced by Tim Dawson and mixed by Joe Barresi. Gibson‘s CMO Cesar Gueikian commented:

“I’m proud to finally show the world the first release in our multi-year partnership with Adam Jones. Adam is one of the most talented and sonically innovative guitarists. I call him modern riff lord and sonic architect. His creativity and technical ability in music, visual effects, production, videography and beyond is second to none and our collaboration is a true reflection of Adam. The Gibson Les Paul Custom Adam Jones 1979 Silverburst Aged replica version is the first-ever artist collaboration done at the newly created Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab. I hope that fans fall in love with the guitars, starting with this initial release.”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Further Discusses His Battle With COVID-19 On “The Joe Rogan Experience”

As previously reported, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) recently revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. Now, during a recent appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the frontman discussed his battle with the disease even further.

Keenan said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I didn’t have a bad [case], yes and no. So it was one of those, you know I’m in Australia. We went out to dinner… and immediately food didn’t taste right, but this is now, this is all hindsight, right I didn’t know at the time. We didn’t know that these are the things you’re looking for, like immediately.

So nobody knew what to tell you. I immediately was sick, then I had to get on an international flight the next morning, fly to New Zealand on… I’m a super spreader [jokingly replying to Rogan], I brought it [to New Zealand], it was in me. And I put it in you.

So we got there, I was like four days in the hotel. Cuz we have four days off before the shows. So I was just drinking water, hot showers, taking care of myself, hot tea, just trying to get through it and it sucked. But you didn’t know yet that like what, how bad this thing could have been. if I’d have known how bad it could have been I would have been freaking out.”

[I] isolated pretty well like I you know I was, I grabbed the masks before I even got on the plane, because I just instinctually like just having, you know friends that are that are, you know, going to Taiwan and going to Japan like you just see the mask, like, Okay, I’m probably just gonna wear the mask anywhere on the plane.”

He continued when asked if all this happened before people were more aware of COVID-19:

“No, it was happening. I asked the doctor when I got to New Zealand ‘do you think this is COVID?’ He’s like, ‘did you have a fever?’ I’m like I don’t remember if I had a fever, well then ‘you didn’t have COVID.’ Okay.

So I got through that. I was able to do the [Tool] show I didn’t have to close my throat down enough [that[ I would have to cancel.”

“Then the next show was going to be in the Northwest…” [Rogan asks how hard it was to sing] “It was not, it was not fun. We had to kind of adjust to set around a little bit, don’t put the hard ones in. I got to Hawaii to go train with Luis.

And some of the guys there, Chad was a Muay Thai instructor. And I’m starting to do the Muay Thai I’m like, ‘dude, this hurts’ like, I’ve never, my hands have never hurt this bad. I thought maybe I sprained them because right after I recovered in New Zealand. I went and trained in New Zealand, thinking, I’m just gonna fucking gut it out, you know, I’m gonna walk it off, rub some dirt on it and I felt okay then.

But when I finally got to Maui, I’m like, this is not right. This hurts I can’t fucking do this. I thought well maybe I sprained my wrist, so months go by that they’re not healing, I’m going through harvest [at his winery] at this point and like nothing’s [changing] they’re not healing.

But I finally went to a doctor, an arthritis doctor, and he was like ‘okay so walk me through when you first saw…’ And I started walking him through everything he goes, ‘you had COVID.’ And what what are some of the side effects that you find are the are that inflammation.

So whatever I guess so it’s some kind of a rheumatoid response. That alone would be well maybe, I’m just 56 and I have arthritis, but my blood work was completely clean everywhere else no other issues anywhere else in my body but just the wrists, explaining that, but I still have the cough.

So whatever cough I had whatever cough I got in New Zealand, like every other day, I’ll have a coughing fit for, you know, for 10 minutes, coughing up stuff, so I have lung damage from from it still.”

He also talked about the disease having an impact on his martial art training:

“Yeah… my motivation is diminished because I’m like trying to do stuff and my hands hurt. Not anymore [though] not that I’m on medication.”

Rogan then made a joke saying Keenan was on meth, before the singer revealed that he has been taking a chemotherapy agent/immune system suppressant called Methotrexate:

“[It’s] is not fun to be on. But my wrists have cleared up… I’m back to, you know, doing stuff.”

He continued when Rogan asked if he has tried CBD:

“The Methotrexate goes for about, it’s like a you know I did, I’ve done it for now 10 weeks. I have another five weeks supposedly I’m gonna do, but I’m going to continue the CBD after that.”

Later in the chat, Keenan also discussed COVID-19 conspiracy theorists:

“I’m still feeling residual effects of that. I feel like there’s a bunch of people that that—maybe I didn’t almost die—I have friends who almost died. Yeah, it was close. So then you have people going… apparently I’m being paid to say this [that he contracted COVID-19]. Eat a dick dude.”

Tool Win “Top Rock Album” At 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Tool’s “Fear Inoculum” won the award for the “Top Rock Album” at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. That event took place at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA earlier tonight (October 14).

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Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Says He Is Still Dealing With “Residual Effects” From COVID-19 After Testing Positive In February

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) has revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. Unfortunately, the frontman also added that he is still dealing with “residual effects” from the disease.

Keenan told azcentral.com the following while discussing the pandemic’s impact on touring:

“Well, I’m not a delicate flower. You make the adjustment. ‘OK, well, we can’t do that. So what are we gonna do? Are we just gonna take this opportunity to unplug and kind of step back and reevaluate everything?’ It was good. I mean, I was still recovering from having gotten COVID at the end of February. I’m still dealing with the residual effects. But it was ugly. I survived it, but it wasn’t pretty. So I definitely had to deal with that.”

He then discussed his diagnosis further:

“I kind of didn’t want to run around screaming it. But it’s real. And there’s after-effects. I had to go through some major medications to undo the residual effects. Still coughing. There’s still lung damage.”

He also confirmed that some of his friends and family members got infected too:

“Several of my friends, too. Very not old people, young people, in shape, runners, who contracted it as well. And they’re still dealing with some of the after-effects. I lost a few family members.”

He also added the following when asked if he is “feeling all right now?”:

“Well no. I still have the cough. Every other day, I have these coughing fits because my lungs are still damaged at the tips. And I just got over the inflammation that was going on with my wrist and hands. I had an autoimmune attack on my system in the form of, like, a rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, from what I understand, it attacks weird spots and it’s random. So that’s what I got. That was my prize.”