Ministry’s Paul D’Amour on the Time Al Jourgensen Inadvertently Drugged Him

Paul D’Amour is now bandmates with Al Jourgensen in Ministry, however again within the day, as the unique bassist of Device, he had a “post-apocalyptic psychedelic expertise” after being inadvertently drugged by the commercial pioneer.

In 2019, when D’Amour joined Ministry, Jourgensen informed Revolver concerning the incident. The frontman recalled the story of how he used to reside with famed psychedelic-drug advocate Timothy Leary, who gave him liquid LSD to carry on tour. Throughout Lollapalooza in 1992, Jourgensen would put a pair drops into his Bushmills whiskey to carry onstage with him. He recalled strolling off the stage someday and handing the bottle to D’Amour and Maynard James Keenan, forgetting he had put LSD in it.

As Jourgensen put it, “They drank it and so they had been tripping balls for, like, two or three days. They didn’t know what was occurring and so they had been freaking out.” He additionally mentioned that they ultimately ended up thanking him as a result of it “actually acquired Device going into being a psychedelic band.”

Heavy Consequence caught up with D’Amour on the latest Louder Than Life competition in Louisville, and we simply needed to hear his facet of the story. As he remembers it within the video interview above, it was simply him and never Keenan who drank from the LSD-laced bottle of whiskey.

“Our supervisor on the time, Ted Gardner, was one of many producers of Lollapalooza,” recalled D’Amour. “So, he invited us, and [I said], ‘I’m an enormous Ministry fan,’ so we ended up hanging out and partying with the Ministry camp. [Jourgensen] handed me a bottle of Bushmills, and goes, ‘Right here you go, child, knock it again.”

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He continued, “Little did I do know there was like medical-grade, Timothy Leary-level LSD within the [bottle]. So, the present was very attention-grabbing for me. The skies turned purple … the children had been lighting shit on fireplace. It was a tremendous post-apocalyptical psychedelic expertise.”

Elsewhere in our dialog, D’Amour informed us about his present working relationship with Jourgensen on the street and within the studio, and shared just a few recollections of his time in Device. Watch the complete interview within the video above, and catch Ministry on the inaugural Sick New World competition on Might thirteenth in Las Vegas.

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