Tool Finally Asked About Rock Hall of Fame Snub

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Tool guitarist Adam Jones was told by Chris Jericho that he and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello are ‘Hall of Famers’ in a new interview, despite Tool and Rage Against The Machine not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jericho mentioned it after they discussed Jones and Morello going to school together. Tool reacted to mud being thrown onstage at a show with Nine Inch Nails in a new interview.

Jericho asked, “What are the chances of not just one guy, but two Hall of Famers?”

Jones responded, “Tom, he was just very inspiring. Growing up, he was very animated. I always thought he’d be, like, this actor. He was in a lot of plays and I remember they had this band, and they were terrible. They were called The Electric Sheep. But it was fun, there were no concerns of being signed or how important it is. It’s a high school band, and at some point, he needed a bass player, and I have grown up playing violin, and then in high school, I started playing bass, but I always played guitar on the side.

I’m self-taught, and it’s just amazing to me now how much Tom sucked at that moment when I met him, and now he’s, like, no one can touch him. We’re both really influenced by ’80s metal, among other things, but in ’80s metal, every guitar player after Eddie Van Halen was, like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to have some kind of gimmick.’ You had guys doing this, I remember Michael Angelo had four necks…

Tom and I went to go see Yngwie Malmsteen, we drove down to Chicago and I’ll never forget it. Billy Sheehan’s band opened… The guy can own it – he has a gimmick, but he’s got it, it’s his, and at the end of the show, Billy’s band comes out and Yngwie, and they all play about three or four more songs together, it was just a magical night.”

After great new Tool album preorder numbers, Fear Inoculum is projected to sell between 240,000 and 260,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release, with between 220,000 and 240,000 traditional album sales. They knocked off Taylor Swift’s Lover at number 1 on the Billboard 200. Tool’s numbers are some of the strongest in hard rock in years, even beating numbers from Foo Fighters. Maynard James Keenan discussed a Tool studio fight last week.