Teenager Pays $20,000 to Hang with Tool

Josh Freese, Thomas Mrzyglocki and studio owner-engineer Tom Weir listen to a track that will probably make its way onto iTunes within the next few months. Photo: Dave Bullock/Wired.comSession drummer Josh Freese has been in Devo, the Vandals, and A Perfect Circle, and he’s played with Nine Inch Nails, Paul Westerberg, Kelly Clarkson, and tons of other bands. He’s also got a solo career, and he came up with a kooky version of the “pay what you want” scheme for his upcoming album with packages ranging from $7 to $75,000.

Little did he know that some dumb 19 year old would actually fork over the dough for the $20,000 package.

To avoid a birthday bummer, the Florida teen treated himself to the $20,000 package, which featured a mini-golf game with Tool singer Maynard James Keenan and Devo front man Mark Mothersbaugh. Freese plays drums in Devo and in one of Keenan’s side projects, A Perfect Circle.

Mrzyglocki’s friends were shocked when he told them what he’d done.

“Their jaws dropped instantly,” he said.

Some tried to reason with him, saying he should buy a car with the money instead, but Mrzyglocki said he’s landed something much more valuable.

“Almost anybody can buy a car,” said Mrzyglocki, who’s a senior in high school. “Only one person gets to buy Josh Freese’s limited-edition package.”

It’s a shame the kid didn’t go for the $75,000 package which included “taking shrooms and cruising Hollywood in Danny from Tool’s Lamborghini.” See the rest of packages after the jump…

Josh Freese: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki.

Since 1972 – Album Price Packages:


-Digital download of Since 1972, including 3 videos


-CD/DVD double disc set

-Digital Download


– CD/DVD and digital download.


THANK YOU phone call, from josh, for buying “since 1972″-You can tell me what you like about my new record you purchased, or what you thought sucked…

Ask whatever you like” Is maynard really that weird?”or”Which of Stings mansions has the comfiest bed?”or” Are DEVO really suburban robots who monitor Reality, or just a bunch of Dads from Ohio?”

or “Why dont the Vandals play more stuff off the first record?”

It’s your five minutes to yack it up- Talk about whatever you want!

$250 (limited edition of 25 – SOLD OUT!)

-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.

– T-shirt**

-Signed Drum Head and Drumsticks.

-We have lunch together at the PF Changs or The Cheesecake Factory (whatever you’re into)

$500 (limited edition of 15)

-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.


-Signed Cymbal and sticks.

-Meet me in Venice, CA and we go floating in a Sensory Deprivation Tank (filmed and posted on youtube).

-Dinner at Sizzler (get your $8.99 Steak and “all you can eat” Shrimp on)

$1,000 (limited edition of 10)

-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.


-Signed Cymbal, Drum head and Drumsticks.

-Josh washes your car OR does your laundry….or you can wash his car.

-Have dinner with Josh aboard the “Queen Mary” in Long Beach, CA -Get drunk and cut each other’s hair in the parking lot of the Long Beach courthouse (filmed and posted on youtube of course)

$2,500 (limited edition of 5)

– Signed CD/DVD and digital download.


-I give you a drum lesson. Or (for all you non-drummers) I’ll give you a back and foot massage (couples welcome)

– Pick any 1 member of the Vandals or DEVO (subject to availability) to accompany you and I to either the “Hollywood Wax Museum”.

– Or if you’re not into that we can do the lunch buffet at the “Spearmint Rhino”

-A signed DW snare drum.

-Take 3 items of your choice out of my closet (first come, first serve).

-Change diapers and make bottles with me for an afternoon (preferably AFTER the lunch buffet at the Strip club).

$5,000 (limited edition of 3)

– Signed CD/DVD and digital download.

-T-shirt **

-I write a song entirely about you and put it up on Itunes (also on upcoming record that I’m working on now).

-Then you and I “co-direct” a video for the song I write about you and throw it on youtube.

-*I give you and a friend a private tour of Disneyland.

-Get drunk together. If you don’t drink we can go to my Dads place and hang out under the “Tuba Tree”.

-Stone from Pearl Jam will send you a letter telling you about his favorite song on “Since 1972”

$10,000 (limited edition of 1)

-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.

– T-shirt**

-Go on Joe Escalante’s Indie 103.1 radio show and talk about the package you just purchased. Maybe even play a few hot tracks.

-Signed DW snare drum from A Perfect Circle tour 2000-2001.

– Drum lesson or his and hers foot/back massage.

– We go to lunch at “Club 33”

— (super exclusive, private restaurant at Disneyland located above the Pirates Of The Caribean) and hit a couple rides afterwards (preferably the

“Tower Of Terror, The TIki Room and The Haunted Mansion”

– At the end of the day at Disneyland drive away in my Volvo. It’s all yours…..take it. Just drop me off at home on your way out though please.

$20,000 (limited edition of 1-SOLD!)

-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.


-A signed DW Snare from the 2008 Nine Inch Nails tour.

-*Maynard James Keenan, Mark Mothersbaugh from DEVO and I take you miniature golfing and then drop you off on the side of the freeway (all filmed and posted on youtube of course).

-I give you a tour of Long Beach. I’ll show ya my first apartment, the coffee shop on 2nd St where my buddy paid Dave Grohl $40 to rip up some tile just weeks before he joined “Nirvana”. I’ll show you all my old stomping grounds….the Vandals old rehearsal spot, the house Quackenbush and I use to rent, where to go for the best tacos, Snoop Dogg’s high school, etc….

for an extra 50 bucks I’ll show you where Adrian and Tom from “No Doubt” live. For another $25 I’ll throw in Brooks from Bad Religion and Eric from NOFX’s houses too!

We then spend the night at the Queen Mary and take the “Ghost Tour” (seperate rooms of course…..no spooning).

-I write 2 songs about you (or if you want 1 can be about you and the other one can be about whatever or whomever you’d like) and it goes on my next record (you can sing back up on them, clap, play the drums, triangle solo…whatever you want).

-Drum lesson OR foot and back massage (once again…..couples welcome).

– Pick any 3 items out of my closet.

$75,000 (limited edition of 1)

-Signed CD/DVD and digital download.


-Come out on tour with me for a few days.

-I write, record and market a 5 song EP about you and your life story.

-Take home any of my drumsets (only one but you can pick which one)

-*Take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from TOOL’s Lamborgini OR we play “quarters” and then hop on the Ouija board for a while.

-If you have a band, I’ll join it for a month….play shows, record a CD together, have a swim party, etc…. or none of the above. We could also just sit in yer basement and jam old Van Halen.


If you don’t have a band I’ll be your personal assistant for a month (4 day work weeks….10 am to 5 pm) and then we take a limo down to Tijuana and I’ll show you how it’s done (what that means I can’t legally get into here, right this minute). If you don’t live in LA but are in the USA I will come to you and be your personal assistant/cabana boy for 2 weeks.

-Take a Flying Trapeze lesson together in the San Fernando Valley and then Robin from NIN and his wife make us raw lasagna.

5 thoughts on “Teenager Pays $20,000 to Hang with Tool”

  1. The fact that this dude is 19 and still in high school explains everything…well, everything except how a 19 year old has 20 grand lying around.

  2. I’m torn – on the one hand, what a sap for dumping 20K on a whim.

    On the other hand, what he got for his $$$ is pretty damn cool…

  3. I’m with you Shecky, that’s a pretty nutso prize. the $75,000 is really, really cool. I can only think that if this was someone slightly more famous offering these people would be all over it.

    Well, people with an extra $75K.

  4. too bad he was too young to drink the maynard tool wine…

    whats up with that crap anyways?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *