Justin Chancellor

Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor (born 19 November 1971) is an English musician formerly in the band Peach[1] but best known as the bass player for progressive metal band Tool. Chancellor is of English and Norwegian descent.[2] After settling in the US, along with his engagement in his musical projects, he and his wife Shelee Dykman Chancellor ran a store called Lobal Orning in Topanga, California, dedicated to music and literature "that shaped and changed" both of them. The store closed in 2008. He started M.T.Void music project with Piotr "Glaca" Mohammed from Sweet Noise. In October 2012, Chancellor featured as bass player on the song "In the Spirit Of..." on The Fusion Syndicate album, released by Cleopatra Records.[3] His track also appears on the 2014 album The Prog Box.

Justin Chancellor
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Justin Chancellor appearing with Tool at the Roskilde festival in 2006.
Background information
Birth nameJustin Gunnar Walter Chancellor
Born (1971-11-19) 19 November 1971 (age 48)
London, England
OriginLondon, England
  • Musician
  • Book and record store owner
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Chancellor was educated at Tonbridge School in Kent, England, where he was the bass player for a school band named Slice of Life and used to perform a cover version of Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night" in the dining room of his boarding house. The band released an eponymously titled tape featuring a song of the same name. Chancellor went on to study at Durham University. He later joined the band Peach.

Peach released an album and supported Tool in the early 1990s in England. In September 1995, Chancellor moved to the United States and joined Tool full-time to replace Paul D'Amour who departed after the band's first full-length album. Chancellor has remained with Tool since for four albums and several tours.

Guest appearancesEdit


  1. ^ Mahaffey, Joel (6 August 2001). "The Tool Page: Justin Chancellor Biography". The Tool Page (t.d.n).
  2. ^ "TOOL: The Collective Unconscious". Toolarmy.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ "The Fusion Syndicate (CD) | Cleopatra Records : Store". Cleorecs.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Live video of Primus performing The Valley with Justin onscreen".
  5. ^ Yoo, Noah (15 March 2018). "Death Grips Working With Tool's Justin Chancellor on New Album". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 May 2019.