Whereas some big metal bands may ask their supporting acts to pay them to be part of said tour, Tool guitarist Adam Jones says the band would prefer to pay the bands who support them on tour. The Tool guitarist also mentioned how the band like to take turns picking who opens for them.
Via an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer, Tool guitarist Adam Jones shared that the band refuse to use the “industry giveaway” approach when it comes to picking bands to support them on tour. Jones and the band would rather do what they can to help out a band and get them additional exposure.
Per the Tool guitarist talking about how the band go about picking their supporting acts (and paying those supporting bands):
“I mean, a lot of bands that are our level do the industry giveaway, take out a band that will actually pay them for the exposure,” he notes. “We’ve never done that. Never done pay-to-play back in the old Sunset Strip days, and never charged bands that we take out with us. We always pay the bands and ask them ourselves, and we always take out bands that we like.
“We don’t have to look for a band to draw tickets,” he adds, “because we don’t really have a problem doing that, so what we do is we take turns. It’s Dan’s turn so he picks this band, then it’s Justin’s turn and he picks that band, Maynard’s turn and he picks a band. This time it was my turn and I picked Brass Against. I have always really liked them: their energy, their cover songs, their wind section…you don’t really see that anymore.”
That’s pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves! That is so cool of Tool to be looking out for those supporting bands. In that same interview, Jones also shared that he would love to tour with Arch Enemy.
Tool are currently on an European and UK tour with that of Brass Against.
Words by: Michael Pementel