In a new interview with Talk Is Jericho, Tool guitarist Adam Jones recalled playing in a band with Tom Morello, who later went on to reach fame as the guitarist of Rage Against the Machine.
“I always played in bands on the side”
“I actually lived with Tom Morello… Tom and I grew up together, Tom’s mom was my homeroom teacher, Mary Morello, she’s the coolest lady you’ll ever meet…”
“Tom, he was just very inspiring. Growing up, he was very animated. I always thought he’d be, like, this actor. He was in a lot of plays and I remember they had this band, and they were terrible.
“They were called The Electric Sheep. But it was fun, there were no concerns of being signed or how important it is. It’s a high school band, and at some point, he needed a bass player, and I have grown up playing violin, and then in high school, I started playing bass, but I always played guitar on the side.
“I’m self-taught, and it’s just amazing to me now how much Tom sucked at that moment when I met him, and now he’s, like, no one can touch him.
“We’re both really influenced by ’80s metal, among other things, but in ’80s metal, every guitar player after Eddie Van Halen was, like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to have some kind of gimmick.’ You had guys doing this, I remember Michael Angelo had four necks…
“Tom and I went to go see Yngwie Malmsteen, we drove down to Chicago and I’ll never forget it. Billy Sheehan’s band opened… The guy can own it – he has a gimmick, but he’s got it, it’s his, and at the end of the show, Billy’s band comes out and Yngwie, and they all play about three or four more songs together – it was just a magical night.”