Publication: Herald Sun (Melbourne Newspaper)
Date: April, 2002
Ben Foster (email@example.com)
Ben Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
page: title: In the Tool Shed author: Dino Scatena Justin Chancellor knows he could be an outlandish rock star if he really wanted to. "Obviously if we fancied it, we could get well into that scene, but it's just not what we're all about." What Chancellor and his mates are into is being "normal people, not massive personalities, just musicians in a band making good music." You can be cool as you like when you're with a US heavy rock band called Tool and your latest album goes straight to the top of the charts. Tool's members are very serious about this anti-celebrity stuff. Take this year's Grammy Awards, for example. Singer Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Adam Jones didn't even bother showing up, despite being previous winners and up for another best metal award for the song Schism. So when the band won, it was left to Tool's drummer Danny Carey and bassist Chancellor to accept. Carey thanked his "parents and Satan". Chancellor thanked "Alex Gray for doing the artwork and my mum for doing my dad." "It was cool," Chancellor says. "We pretty much left after we had our thing happen. It's not really my scene." "We had a drink, had a shot of tequila with Danny and then left. It was all very surreal." "I'm not too experienced with that world. I had to go, just to check it out for the novelty factor." "It's a personal choice. If you want to be a big rock star and go to all the parties and stuff, then I guess it's there for you." "But it's all a little distracting. The way the four of us are, we'd rather just get on with it; have a private life and, when it's time, go out on the road and do our thing." "Somehow, that maintains the whole structure of Tool. We're able to go out and deliver, then come home and be normal people." Chancellor, an Englishman who used to be with a band called Peach, was invited to audition for Tool in 1995. The band was already on its way to international success. Its 1992 debut album, Opiate, drew an immediate response from American audiences. Undertow in 1993 attracted the whole world's attention. Chancellor's first album with Tool, the dense and obtuse Aenima in 1996, moved the band into the ranks of the supergroups. The album entered the US at No.2, selling nearly two million copies in its first few weeks. Last year's equally dark and heavy Lateralus followed a protracted battle with their record label over creative independence, but it had Tool vying for the title of biggest rock band in the world. Tool have been regular visitors to our shores since 1995 and next week's Australian tour is their second in less than a year. They were here playing sold-out show last July. "It's always been a really good experience," Chancellor says of the band's loyal Australian following. 'There seems to be a large number of people who are really open to being challenged a little bit." But world domination means as little to Tool as a Grammy. "We don't pay any attention to any of the standard rules and practices of the music industry," Chancellor says. "We struggled and struggled to get what we wanted." "First, you've got to make sure you can protect your creativity. It's been a full-on commitment to the way we want to do things, keeping our heads down and working at what we're best at." "We're not massive personalities. We're just musicians in a band that makes good music. We just keep the concentration on that rather than anything else." Away from his Tool duties, Chancellor enjoys spending time with his wife and visiting his family in the UK. He would also like to work on other musical projects such as experimental electronic music but hasn't got the time. "I'm going to leave that for a bit," he says. "I've been pretty well consumed by Tool for the last few years. Eventually, when I've got enough of my own time to do that, I will." Chancellor expects the next album won't take anywhere near as long to make as Lateralus. "We've already got a ton of material, including stuff left over from the last album. We also tend to develop ideas during sound checks while touring." "You're just stuck in the venue all day so you may as well make use of having that massive system to jam through." "The album could happen a lot quicker this time. We all hope it does."
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