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


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.

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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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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."

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.

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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:

Iggy And The Stooges
Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77
Lupe Fiasco
Primal Scream Screamadelica Live
The Black Keys
Andrew W.K
The Jim Jones Revue
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
LCD Soundsystem
Booka Shade
Die Antwoord
Plan B
Crystal Castles ( East Coast only )
John Butler Trio
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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Tool To Headline Mile High Festival 2009

Billboard.com reports that Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray have been tapped to headline the second annual Mile High Music Festival, to be held July 18-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

Other artists scheduled to perform include Incubus, Ben Harper and Relentless7, G.Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, 3OH!3, Ani DiFranco, Paolo Nutini, the Black Keys, John Butler, Gomez, the Wailers and India Arie. Additional acts are still being confirmed and will be announced soon.

Tickets go on sale April 3 through TicketHorse.com and milehighmusicfestival.com. Two-day passes cost $162.50 (plus service fees), and a limited number of single-day tickets will be available for $90. Two-day VIP packages will also be available for $400. This year, fans who purchase a two-day pass can utilize a payment plan with two installments.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Tool, The Killers Rumored To Headline Lollapalooza

The Chicago Tribune reports: The Killers and Tool are expected to fill out the headlining slots for the fifth annual Lollapalooza festival Aug. 7-9 in Grant Park.

Multiple industry sources confirmed over the weekend at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, that the two bands will join headliners the Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode and Jane's Addiction, plus Kings of Leon.

Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

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Puscifer Announces Another Show

Puscifer, one of the side projects of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, has vaguely announced on their website that they are planning a stop at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on April 4th, 2009 as a follow-up to their debut shows.

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Tool Guitarist, Bassist Writing While On Hiatus

Brad Angle of Guitar World magazine recently conducted an interview with Tool guitarist Adam Jones. When asked how the new album was coming along, Jones replied:

"It's been coming along...great! [laughs] No, we've been on hiatus. I'm writing and [bassist] Justin [Chancellor]'s been writing, but [frontman] Maynard [James Keenan] has been working on his wine. We've all just been taking some time away from each other, which has been nice. I've also been working on producing some comics."

The entire interview can be found in the latest issue of Guitar World, out on newsstands now.

Tool has been on break from touring and writing since early 2008, following nearly two years of supporting their most recent studio album, 2006's "10,000 Days," which marked its first set of new material since 2001's "Lateralus."

In December Maynard James Keenan revealed that he had been working with A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel on new material. When asked about releasing the material or touring, he stated: "I doubt if we'll do any touring or, you know, do a full album," he said. "We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing's right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we'll just kind of concentrate on, you know, one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore."

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Isis Sets Release Date For New Album

ISIS, the Los Angeles by way of Boston band, has set a May 5 release date for their anticipated new album, "Wavering Radiant" (Ipecac Recordings). The album, produced by Joe Baressi (Tool, Queens off The Stone Age), will see a limited edition vinyl version released on Apr. 21. Tool's Adam Jones contributed guitar to two songs from the new release. More details will be revealed as the release date approaches.

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A Perfect Circle Writing New Material

Maynard James Keenan, frontman of Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle has revealed that he has been working with A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel on new material. When asked about releasing the material or touring, he stated: "I doubt if we'll do any touring or, you know, do a full album," he said. "We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing's right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we'll just kind of concentrate on, you know, one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore."

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