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Formed: 1990
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

One of the leading alternative metal acts to emerge the 90s, Tool was formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1990 by Adam Jones (guitar), Maynard James Keenan (vocals), Paul D'Amour (bass) and Danny Carey (drums). The mini-album, Opiate, was a powerful introduction to Tool's densely rhythmic style, with "Hush' helping establish a buzz for the band; the accompanying video graphically displayed the song"s anti-censorship slant of "I can't say what I want to/Even if I'm not serious" as the band appeared naked with their mouths taped shut.

European dates with friends Rage Against The Machine and a US tour with the Rollins Band helped to sharpen Tool's live performances. Their increased confidence was evident on Undertow, which featured a guest vocal from Henry Rollins on "Bottom". While the band retained their angry intensity and penchant for difficult lyrical subjects, their songwriting became more adventurous.

Undertow reached platinum status as the band toured extensively, including a stint on the 1993 Lollapalooza tour. Aenima, featuring new bass player Justin Chancellor (ex-Peach), was their most assured and most successful album, narrowly missing the top of the Billboard album chart in November 1996. In December 2000 the band released the limited edition Salival, which featured a DVD/VHS collection of videos, a CD comprising unreleased live and studio material, and a promotional book.

Latest Tool News

Below is our complete Tool news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Sunday Old School: Tool

Metal music is full of weird and wonderful bands. Though many outsiders may see the genre as simple or worse, “just noise,” there have been many groups to utilise the sound with musical intellect such as Sigh and Dream Theater to name but two. Today’s featured band is another to create a sound all of their own and gain a rabid following in the metal community, one of the biggest, though maybe shortest names in the alternative metal area, Tool.

Tool began life in 1990, after all their founding members had moved to Los Angeles the previous decade. Whilst two founding members, Adam Jones and Paul D’Amour had originally come to the city to find work in the film industry, the other two, Danny Carey and Maynard James Keenan (the latter an art graduate who had been making a living remodelling pet stores,) had previously tasted what it was like being part of a cult musical act in their time with Green Jelly. Keenan and Jones would meet in 1989 through a mutual friend and decided to put together their own band, jamming together while actively seeking a rhythm section. Carey would be the next member to join, convenient since he lived above Keenan and had previously met Jones through his old friend, Tom Morello. Introductions were to play a key role again, as the lineup was completed when D’Amour, who he met via a friend, joined the ranks. More...

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3Teeth Supporting Tool And Primus On Tour

West Coast industrial rock foursome 3Teeth, hand selected by Tool to open its January U.S. arena tour, will begin a three-plus week trek tonight in San Francisco.

"We feel so very honored to have been picked by Tool to hit the road; we're ready to bleed for these crowds," commented vocalist Alexis Mincolla. "Make sure you come early."

"We are extremely excited and proud to have 3Teeth join us on the road," said Tool guitarist Adam Jones. "Combining the styles of Tool and 3Teeth at a live show will result in a naturally induced chemical overload of sonic and visual horripilation. I love electronic metal and got totally addicted to 3Teeth ever since I saw them play at the Viper Room here in Los Angeles. They are a brutal and intense entity dripping with talent on stage and I can't wait for our fans to witness the mayhem for themselves."

You can stream the 3Teeth debut via Bandcamp here or grab it on physical formats at this location. See 3Teeth live with Tool and Primus on these dates: More...

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Tool Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Maybe that sporadically hinted but never confirmed Tool album is actually happening?

The band has now revealed via Facebook that Tool is gearing up to hit the road again in early January - perhaps this time supporting new music?

Tickets go on sale on Friday, with full date and venue details available below. The band had also enigmatically posted this message just before revealing the dates:

"SOMETHING WICKED THIS... YOUR WAY COMES! For those of you who only like NEWS about TOOL, here's something that should be of great interest. The impenetrable veil of my dark scrying mirror FINALLY CLEARED today - enough so, in fact - that I could perceive a large heptagram on a complexly lit stage where four performers were dwarfed by dramatic video projections.

"Evidently the sonic and visual extravaganza that I was receiving is a rare glimpse of FUTURE TOOL U.S.A. TOUR DATES in the month of JANUARY, 2016 e.v. However, with some of the images in the depths of the black glass not being clearly distinct... YET, fans will have to keep checking back for an official announcement.

"Regarding an opening band(s), what I was able to discern through the ever-shifting veil will in all likeliness be exciting to many Tool enthusiasts. STAY TUNED, FOLKS... as my trusty SCRYING MIRROR CONTINUES TO CLEAR..."

Saturday, January 9 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Wednesday, January 13 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Saturday, January 16 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Sunday, January 17 - Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre
Tuesday, January 19 - Southaven, MS (Memphis) @ Landers Center
Saturday, January 23 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Monday, January 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
Tuesday, January 26 - Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum

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Tool / Mastodon Members Form Bizarre Group

The Legend of the Seagullmen is the title of a wacky nautical-themed super group featuring Mastodon frontman Brent Hinds and Tool drummer Danny Carey.

The band also features OFF’s Dimitri Coats and movie director Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who, Jonah Hex), who serves as the project’s producer.

A bizarre track titled "The Deep-Sea Diver" can be heard below. Stay tuned for more details.

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Headline News

Tool Working On New Album

While there hasn't been an official announcement from the band at this point, it would appear Tool is well into the process of recording a new album.

Adam Jones posted the photo below of the band together via his Instagram account with the caption "SmokeOnTheHorizon." This will be the band's first release since "10,000 Days" eight years ago.

Back in July, Jones had stated that work on the album was delayed for years due to a lawsuit that wasn't made public knowledge (read the full statement over here).

A brief post on the Tool website back in May also indicated writing for a new album was underway and actual recording was due to begin this year.

Further details and official announcements are forthcoming, so stay tuned. More...

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Tool Comments On Lawsuit And Album Delay

It's been eight years now since prog brigade Tool released the "10,000 Days" album, and fans have been antsy for a follow-up, with very little information coming from the band regarding the delay.

Now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carer have stated part of the reason for the long time between albums has been due to a lawsuit that wasn't made public knowledge.

An excerpt from the article follows:

Although both Jones and Carey acknowledge that two albums ago, when they were creating 2001's "Lateralus," they could settle into a lengthy creative process that external obligations now prohibit, the biggest problem has been a multi-level lawsuit that has weighed on all of the group members. This stemmed from a claim that a Tool associate had made against the group, but it eventually spiraled into the labyrinthine legal equivalent of a Laurel and Hardy routine, amounting to "who's suing whom."

Initially, in 2007, a friend of Jones' claimed that he had created artwork for the group that he wanted credit. But the suit got complicated when an insurance company that Tool thought would defend it against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. The band then filed a countersuit to defend themselves against the insurer's claims and now, seven years later, Tool are still deeply mired in litigation with the insurer. The case is scheduled to go to trial in January.

"The whole thing is really depressing," Carey says. "The bad thing is it's really time consuming. As we've gotten older and our priorities have changed, it's hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there's lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out."
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Read the full article at Rollingstone.com.

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Ozzfest Japan Adds Tool, Slash, And Deftones

The line-up for the first ever Ozzfest Japan - set for Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at the Makuhari Messe arena just outside of Tokyo - has now expanded with Tool, Slash, Deftones, and Stone Sour joining previously announced headliners Black Sabbath and Slipknot.

“We’ve assembled an amazing lineup for the first ever Ozzfest Japan. Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool, Slash, what more could you ask for?” says Sharon Osbourne “And we still have plenty of surprises to come. The Ozzfest Japan line-up will rival any of our previous festivals.”

“It took a long time for Ozzfest to come to Japan but I know the fans here are going to feel it was worth the wait,” Massy Hayashi of Hayashi International Promotions says. “Of course, any time you have living legends like Black Sabbath on stage you know it is going to be a memorable event.” Last year, Hayashi International Promotions produced the sold-out one-day punk rock festival Air Jam at Yokohama Stadium.

Tickets pre-reservation started on November 25th and ticket prices are as follows: single-day tickets are JPY 14,000, weekend passes are JPY 27,000, and weekend passes including an official festival t-shirt are JPY 30,000. All prices include consumption tax, box office commission, and ticket printing fees. The latest information on Ozzfest can be found at this location. More...

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YOB To Support Tool On U.S. Shows

YOB released the "Atma" album via Profound Lore this year and now the band is happy to announce it will be direct support to Tool on an upcoming Jan/Feb North American tour. The currently announced dates are as follows (more to be announced soon):

Jan 28 2012 - TD Garden - Boston, MA, USA
Jan 29 2012 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Jan 31 2012 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Feb 01 2012 - Izod Center - East Rutherford, NJ
Feb 03 2012 - TBA
Feb 04 2012 - Bojangles' Coliseum - Charlotte, NC
Feb 06 2012 - Bank Atlantic Center - Sunrise, FL
Feb 07 2012 - UCF Arena - Orlando, FL
Feb 08 2012 - Gwinnett Center Arena - Duluth, GA

YOB landed at #5 on New York Times writer Ben Ratliff's "Best Albums of 2011" and is also included in Spin Magazine's 'Best of the Year' wrap-up. The band landed #2 on Spin's "Best Metal Album" category and #49 on the overall "Best Albums of 2011."

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Tool Guitarist Performs National Anthem For WWE

Metal Injection has posted footage online of Tool guitarist Adam Jones performing the U.S. national anthem at the 2011 SummerSlam. You can check out the clip below.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Tool Posts Backstage Footage Online

Maynard James Keenan, of the Los Angeles, California progressive metal act Tool, has posted some unique backstage footage from its recent appearance in Brisbane, Australia. You can view the video below:

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Tool Posts Strange Rehearsal Footage Online

Los Angeles, California progressive metal act Tool, led by frontman Maynard James Keenan, has posted two new rehearsal clips online. The band are currently preparing for its forthcoming five city U.S. tour. You can view the rehearsal clips below:



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Tool Announces Big Day Out Off Dates

Tool has announced a pair of "sideshow" off-dates from their Big Day Out 2011 appearance. The shows will take place in Melbourne and Brisbane. Details are as follows:

Monday 24th Jan 2011 @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 2nd Feb 2011 @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

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Tool and Rammstein Announced For Big Day Out 2011

In it's 18th year, Australia's Big Day Out festival has announced the lineup for the 2011 tour. The festival will be headlined by Tool as well and also feature Rammstein, Deftones, Andrew W.K., Airbourne, Wolfmother, Iggy Pop and many more.

Sponsors FasterLouder have announced the full 2011 Big Day Out lineup:

Tool
Rammstein
Iggy And The Stooges
Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77
Lupe Fiasco
Grinderman
Primal Scream Screamadelica Live
Deftones
The Black Keys
Andrew W.K
The Jim Jones Revue
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
M.I.A
LCD Soundsystem
Booka Shade
Die Antwoord
Vitalic
CSS
Plan B
Ratatat
Crystal Castles ( East Coast only )
John Butler Trio
Wolfmother
Airbourne
Birds Of Tokyo
Kids Of 88
The Naked & Famous

Australia only locals: More...

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A Perfect Circle Returns From Hiatus

A Perfect Circle has returned from their self-imposed hiatus. The band, led by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) and Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), will embark on a five-city tour this fall (dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly).

Shows in Phoenix (Marquee Theatre), Los Angeles (Avalon), Seattle (Showbox at The Market) and San Francisco (The Fillmore) will be three-night stops with each night featuring one of A Perfect Circle’s three albums in its entirety (Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step and eMOTIVe). Las Vegas (The Pearl) will be a two-night outing (Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step).

The band will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 27.

A Perfect Circle has sold four million records in the U.S. After the band announced their hiatus in 2005, Keenan focused on Tool, launched the multimedia project Puscifer and worked on his burgeoning Arizona vineyards. Howerdel went on to form Ashes Divide who released their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, in 2008.

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Puscifer Announces New EP Details

Puscifer, the fusion side project from Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, have announced details regarding the band's upcoming EP titled "Sound Into Blood Into Wine." "Sound Into Blood Into Wine" is an EP featuring remixes of Puscifer tracks and is designed to accompany Keenan's documentary film "Blood Into Wine."

"Sound Into Blood Into Wine" is set for release on September 7th, 2010 which is the same day of release for the "Blood Into Wine" DVD.

"Sound Into Blood Into Wine" tracklisting:
1. Sour grapes (Where’s The Line? Mix)
2. Momma Sed (Vis4V mix)
3. Queen B (Vis4V mix)
4. The Undertaker (Vis4V mix)
5. Drunk with Power (Vis4V mix)
6. Rev 22:20 (Dry Martini mix)
7. Indigo Children (Vis4V mix)
8. The Mission (M is for Milla mix)
9. The Humbling River (Nagual del Judith mix)
10. World Up My Ass (7 inch mix)
11. Sour Grapes (Legend of the mix)
12. The Humbling River (Duet mix)

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Tool Announces North American Tour Dates

Los Angeles, California based outfit Tool has announced some more shows for their forthcoming tour of North America. The tour will kick off this June and continue well into July.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Puscifer Readies New EP

Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer is set to release their first new music in two years with a six-song EP titled "C is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) E.P." on Nov. 10.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Polar Bear
2. The Mission (Renholder Mix) featuring Milla Jovovich
3. Momma Sed "Alive @ Club Nokia"
4. Vagina Mine "Alive @ Club Nokia"
5. Potions (Deliverance Mix)
6. The Humbling River

Puscifer kicks off their first tour with a swing through the Western U.S. on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas (a Midwest/East Coast run is in the works for 2010). Tour dates are (please note the addition of a second Portland date): More...

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Trailer For Keenan's "Blood Into Wine" Now Online

A trailer for “Blood Into Wine,” the widely anticipated documentary that shares the story of Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer front man Maynard James Keenan and his vineyard partner Eric Glomski and their quest to bring the wine industry to Arizona’s Verde Valley is now available as a high resolution download and streaming at www.twinklecashcompany.com.

Keenan’s various musical entities (Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle) have sold over 10 million records in the US alone while the man himself has revealed little of his personal life. “Blood Into Wine” gives unprecedented insight into Keenan’s world and his motivations for taking on the arduous task of bringing winemaking to the region’s unforgiving landscape and how winemaking fits into Keenan’s creative trajectory.

The film is being co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke (the filmmakers behind critically acclaimed documentaries "Moog" and "The Heart Is A Drum Machine") and is set to wrap production in September with a limited theatrical release in February and March 2010. With the striking setting playing such an integral role in the shaping of this story, Page and Pomerenke elected to use a Red One camera (one of the highest quality digital cinema cameras available). The film is being shot by Cary Truelick, edited by Rob Beadle, and produced by Ryan Page, Christopher Pomerenke, Chris McDaniel, and Jason Stall.

An accompanying soundtrack with original material from Keenan will accompany the release of the documentary with more details to be announced soon.

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Tool Announces Summer Tour Dates

Progressive rock band Tool has announced a series of shows in North America for the summer period. No word yet on who will be supporting them. More tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 18 - Denver, CO - The Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
July 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Solutions
July 21 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Arena
July 22 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
July 24 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
July 25 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theater at Grand Prairie
July 27 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena
July 29 - Charlotte, NC - Bojangle's Coliseum
July 30 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
August 1 - Jersey City, NJ - All Points West Festival
August 5 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater
August 7 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion

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