Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine: Ministry’s Paul D’Amour (ex-Tool) – “Find things to be grateful for”

Posted by on May 22, 2020

Photo Credit: Derick Smith


Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine is Metal Insider’s new column during this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked artists five questions on what’s been keeping them busy ranging from their favorite movies, food they’ve been eating, music they’ve been listening to and more. We caught up with Ministry bassist Paul D’Amour (ex-Tool) as he’s been spending this time working on studio repairs.


What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?

Personally, I have been very productive. I’ve been logging some quality hours in the studio, doing some studio repairs that I have been putting off, and spending time with my family. It’s amazing what gets done when the rest of the world stops spinning. The world should pause for a bit once a year to recalibrate, but of course skip the people dying part.


Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?

Here are just few standouts on the quarantine playlist: 

  • Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
  • Swans – Leaving Meaning
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
  • Mdou Moctar – IIana (The Creator)
  • King Krule – Man Alive


A lot of people have been spending this time cooking including making their own bread, what food have you been prepping during this time?

Does drinking lots of red wine count?


In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping you busy?

Lets see, I did a “Lord of the Rings”/”Hobbit” marathon with my kid and rewatched all seven seasons of “Parks and Recreation”—nothing too intellectual going down on the film and TV front. I haven’t done a lot of reading other than technical manuals at the moment and I’ve never been one for games unless there’s money involved. It just wouldn’t be very fun fleecing my kids out of their allowance money. So I guess we aren’t breaking out any high stakes hands of Texas Hold ’em.


What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?

I would say to try and stay positive, find things to be grateful for, and avoid listening to too many negative news sources. Fear is the mind killer!!



Photo Credit: Derick Smith

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