How Tool Came to "Guitar Hero World Tour": Exclusive Video

October 15, 2008 5:45 PM ET

Tool haven't licensed music since 1996, but they approved three songs for Guitar Hero World Tour — if they could be involved with the artwork and design of the game. The result: a digital venue based on Tool's artwork and videos, and "Parabola," "Schism" and "Vicarious" rockable on the game. Click above to watch guitarist Adam Jones explain how it all went down, and check out two shots from the game after the jump.

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