Ministry have recruited former Tool bassist Paul D’Amour as the group’s newest member. D’Amour was with Tool from 1990-1995 and worked on 1992’s Opiate EP and their 1993 debut album, Undertow. Ministry bassist Tony Campos had to step down from touring due to his obligations with the recently reunited, Static-X.
Ministry mastermind, Al Jourgensen, announced the news to Revolver as he also shared the following story on how he accidentally gave Paul and Maynard James Keenan of Tool, LSD:
“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?”