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Paul D’Amour (born May 12, 1967 in Spokane, Washington) was the original bass guitarist for Tool. His bass sound was recognised by the aggressive picked tone he developed with his Rickenbacker 4001CS, which can clearly be heard on Tool’s first full length album, Undertow.

Originally a guitar player, D’Amour became Tool’s bassist after being introduced to the band by guitarist Adam Jones. Like Jones, D’Amour was in Los Angeles because of his wish to enter the film industry.

In 1995 D’Amour was released by Tool, although the band allowed him to claim he left. After his departure from the band, he formed the psychedelic pop band Lusk with Brad Laner, Chris Pitman, now of Guns N’ Roses, and ex-Failure member Greg Edwards, now of Autolux. In 1997 they released their only album to date, titled Free Mars.

Soon after his departure from Tool, D’Amour played guitar in a group named Replicants, a cover band that included Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards from Failure, as well as Chris Pitman. They released one self-titled album in 1995, with a guest appearance from former Tool band-mate, Maynard James Keenan.

As of early 2005, D’Amour has been writing and performing under the name Feersum Ennjin, which owes its phonetically spelled name to the science fiction novel Feersum Endjinn by Iain Banks, an author whose novel The Wasp Factory was conceptual inspiration for Lusk as well. The project has one self-titled EP released on Silent Uproar Records.

Paul’s Bass Gear:

-Ovation Magnum 2 Bass (Used in the recording of 72826 and Opiate)

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  • leonardo_fs


    11 May 2014 Reply
  • EyesOfWisdom

    Best tag ever :D

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • starfuckr

    wtf tag, left the best band in the world. hahahahaha

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • TOOLhead7001

    personally Justin is more artistic in my opinion, but paul has a better sound for metal, TOOL is not metal...

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • gacktxrawr

    Eh i prefer Aenima to lateralus any day.

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • steven_nzl

    I don't think tool went uphill or downhill after Paul left. Love his contributions to some of tool's best songs, but they are no better then what we heard after he left. Tool was lucky to get Justin on board, he slotted in so well! All tool albums are equally as good as one another in my books.

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • zachthegreat7

    tagged for leaving the best band in the world.... epic

    14 Apr 2010 Reply
  • GeneralSkar

    His own band, Feersum Ennjin.

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • gab136

    Right, he was very good, but listen to Schism or The Pot... I think that the change bassplayer to Justin was a good moove. Do anybody know in which band D'Amour is playing or used to play after Tool?

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • MinaseTaki

    Rofl indeed.

    4 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Flayhugie

    ROFL... went down hill?! Are you out of your fucking mind? Opiate-AEnima was great, don't get me wrong, but Lateralus was and still is by leaps and bounds their best album. If I were him, I'd probably be contemplating suicide right now... ya'know? If I willingly left one of the greatest bands of all time, I know I sure wouldn't be a happy camper. As far as his contributions went - I seriously doubt he had much of a say in what got done. With powerhouses like Maynard and Adam, how could he?

    13 Oct 2008 Reply
  • stephenjacob

    One of my favorite bass players of all time. Tool went down the hill so fast after his departure... A lot of people don't know, but he was one of the main contributors to Aenima, one of Tools most acclaimed albums.

    5 Oct 2008 Reply

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