During a recent interview with Striking a Chord, Tool bassist Justin Chancellor has shared an untold story about how he joined Tool in 1995.
According to statement, in 1995, Maynard James Keenan called Justin by phone to invite him for Tool’s bass guitarist audition. But at that time, Justin has his own band, and the band gave him an ultimatom: If you join that audition, we’ll kick out you.
Consequently, Justin didn’t listen to his band mates, and sacrificed his own band for Maynard James Keenan’s audition call.
Here’s what he said:
“That was not a small step at all [moving to a new country]. Things weren’t amazing, but I was pretty happy to be in the zone. All I was doing was obsessing with music. I was in a happy place in London, I was, like, ‘Yeah, I’m finally one of the people,’ you know? Part of it was a bit of a shock. We thought we were already going somewhere.
I got to clarify this. Peach had finished by that stage and we started a new band, I believe our singer Simon [Oakes] had left. We ended up creating a new band called Sterling, and we’d actually been offered a record deal by Beggar’s Banquet, so it was quite exciting at the time – it was new.
It almost too easy just to say, ‘No, I can’t really, I’ve got a deal,’ but my brother, really, because he knew how much it meant to me and how much I liked the band, so I had a difficult thing of basically calling them back and saying, ‘Would it be alright if I changed my mind?’ They were really cool and they said yes, so that’s pretty much how that came down.”
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