Best-known as the lead guitarist for the award-winning band, ‘Tool’, Adam Jones is a three-time Grammy Award winning artist, who currently has a net worth of $40 million. Although he never received any formal guitar lessons, he started playing the guitar from a very young age and developed a passion for classical music. Before he marked his permanent place in the music industry, he was awarded a film scholarship, after which he debuted as a makeup artist and set designer for Hollywood. He had the opportunity to work for films like ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’, ‘Dances with Wolves’ and ‘Ghostbusters 2’. His experience as a visual artist, set designer and makeup artist in the film industry, contributed to the success of the band’s music videos, which were commended for their artistic and modernistic designs and plans. Jones also collaborated with a number of other artists and bands such as Jello Biafra. He has travelled far and wide, performing in a number of cities and countries and making himself legendary among ‘metal-heads’ and other progressive-rock fans. He has worked under the prestigious Zoo Entertainment and Volcano II labels, which contributed to his immense success. He is currently in the 9th position in ‘Top 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists’. Read on for more.
Childhood & Early Life
Adam Jones was born on January 15, 1956 in Park Ridge, Illinois, although he was raised in Libertyville, Illinois, for most part of his childhood.
He was always very keen to learn music, though he never got the chance to have any formal training for the same.
He played the violin in the freshman year of high-school after which, he played acoustic bass for 3 years in an orchestra.
He began playing the bass guitar for ‘Electric Sheep’, which he learned to play by ear.
He was offered a film scholarship, but declined the offer to study art and sculpture in Los Angeles instead.
He then got a job as a special effects designer, where he got the chance to learn about ‘stop-motion’ techniques, which he would later use in his videos. He graduated in 1987.
For a couple of years after graduation, he worked as a special effects designer and fabricated the make-up for ‘Grim Reaper’ and ‘Ghostbuster 2’.
He then went to a special effects workshop and began work on major Hollywood feature-films like ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Terminator-2’, ‘Dances with the Wolves’, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street: 4 and 5’.
Apart from movies, he also worked on a number of commercials, some of them which never aired and some which did like the advertisement for Duracell.
In 1990, Adam Jones formed the band ‘Tool’, along with drummer, Danny Carey and vocalist, Maynard James Keenan. Their first studio album, ‘Undertow’, was released in 1993 and became a dominant act in the alternative metal genre under a record deal with Zoo Entertainment.
One of the singles from the album, ‘Undertow’, called ‘Prison Sex’, became extremely popular due to the unique ‘stop-motion’ techniques Jones used to create the music video in 1993.
Jones and the other members of ‘Tool’ released their second-full album, ‘Enima’ on September 17, 1996, which became a critical success. A world tour followed, with Jones travelling to Australia and New Zealand in 1997.
After the decline in the popularity of ‘alternative rock’, Jones signed a contract with Volcano Entertainment, where the band began producing new recordings with the new label.
In January 2001, the band announced the new album, ‘Lateralus’, which became a worldwide success and reached the no. 1 position on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart.
After some extensive touring, Jones and the members of the ‘Tool’ produced their new album, ’10,000 Days’, followed by ‘Vicarious’ and ‘The Pot’.
He also toured with Jello Bafaria, another band and contributed immensely to their albums.
On August 14, 2011, Jones performed the National Anthem of the United States at the ‘WWE SummerSlam’ 2011 event in Los Angeles.
‘Lateralus’ is the third album released by ‘Tool’ on May 15, 2001 and debuted as the number one album on the Billboard 200. It was also certified as a double-platinum album, which catapulted Jones to fame.
’10,000 years’ debuted on the top spots of various international charts and sold over 564,000 copies in its first week. Although it was favoured less by critics, the album became a hit for the masses and was rated as one of Jones’ best album.
As a visual artist, he gained widespread critical acclaim for his contributions to the movies, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Dance with the Wolves’, ‘Ghostbusters 2’ and ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’.
Awards & Achievements
He won two Grammy Awards in 1996 and 2001 for the position of guitarist with the award-winning band, Tool.
He won the Grammy Award for ‘Best Recording Package’ as art director for ‘10,000 Days’, 2007.
He was ranked as the 75th Greatest Guitarist by Rolling Stone magazine and was also ranked 9th in the ‘Top 100 Greatest metal Guitarists’.
Personal Life & Legacy
On January 27, 2013, Jones became engaged to his girlfriend, Korin Faught. He proposed to her in front of the Royal Rumble event which the duo attended.
In his free time, he draws his own comics; a habit he developed since he was a child.
This musician can be seen on the Jurassic Park DVD, working on a model of a dinosaur.
He was schooled in straight makeup at the Studio Makeup Academy in Hollywood.
This personality is also the video director for a number of music videos of his band.