“I wanted him to be very successful because he seemed pretty nervous”: Original Tool bassist Paul D’Amour recalls coaching Justin Chancellor to be his replacement – and giving him an in-depth lesson in his wild pedal protocol

Paul D'Amour and Justin Chancellor
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In 1995, Paul D’Amour decided to depart Tool. With a studio album, EP and five years service under his belt, he left the prog rock institution he had helped found and launch, passing the bass guitar torch to his successor: Justin Chancellor.

Chancellor has remained a member of Tool ever since, going on to become one of prog-metal’s most celebrated and popular bassists after first making his debut on 1996’s Ænima.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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