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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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Tool Announce More U.S. Tour Dates

TOOL will tour the United States again from mid-November to Christmas. So far the following dates have been confirmed:

Nov. 14 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Nov. 16 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Nov. 17 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
Nov. 19 - Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa Convention Center
Nov. 21 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Nov. 23 - Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
Nov. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
Nov. 25 - Billings, MT @ Metrapark Arena
Nov. 27 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Dec. 04 - Everett, WA @ Everett Events Center
Dec. 05 - Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
Dec. 07 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre More...

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Tool Announce More U.S. Dates

TOOL have update their site to reveal the following newly confirmed US tour dates:

November
14 - Austin, TX at Frank Erwin Center
16 - Houston, TX at Toyota Center
17 - New Orleans, LA at New Orleans Arena
23 - Casper, WY at Casper Events Center
27 - Saskatoon, SK at Credit Union Centre

December
10 - Los Angeles, CA at Nokia Theatre
11 - Los Angeles, CA at Nokia Theatre

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Tool Opens Up In Longest, Most Revealing Interview

Elusive art-rockers Tool recently opened up in an exclusive interview with veteran journalist Bryan Reesman (www.bryanreesman.com). The seven-page cover story spearheads the relaunch issue of Metal Edge magazine (www.metaledgemag.com) and, according to the band itself, is the longest in their 17-year history.

Reesman, who has written for the New York Times, Playboy, and Billboard, spent two hours backstage cross-examining all four members of the multi-platinum group about their music and individual personalities, capturing the animated interplay between the usually secretive musicians.

Frontman Maynard James Keenan sounds off on Hollywood studio shenanigans and his love for painfully bad movies, guitarist Adam Jones addresses being labeled "difficult" and surfing with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, bassist Justin Chancellor discusses sailing and his store Lobal Orning, and drummer Danny Carey talks about his occult interests and playing celebrity basketball. The group also banters about pranking each other, what they really think of Keenan's wine, and far-flung Tool rumors, including cannibalism.

Tool on media manipulation:

Metal Edge: You don’t seem to mind if you rile up the media.

Carey: A lot of times we don’t even have to do it. It just does it itself. All these rumors… We’ve all died in car wrecks by now.

Keenan: Howard Stern has been keeping me out of his studio for years. I’m not even in New York, and he’s talking about how I’m in the lobby, wanting to come up to talk to him, and he says, “Get that guy outta here!” And I’m in L.A.

Jones: It also reflects – at least from my perspective – how sensationalized the media is that you can f**k back with that. You can do your own little spin on stuff back to the media.

Chancellor: It kind of protects the music as well. It’s like a distraction. People can think about all this rubbish, and in the meantime we can concentrate on doing music. It’s like a smoke screen.

Jones: It’s so funny that people say that the Tool guys are difficult. We’re not difficult. We’re just not going to put up with the journalistic dogma of “build you up, chop you down”. There are a lot of journalists who don't [care]. They’re just trying to get their next paycheck, and they’ll spin it any way the magazine wants them to spin it.

The September 2007 issue of Metal Edge is currently available on newsstands nationwide.

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Tool To Tour West Coast In November, December

Although no dates are officially confirmed at this point, it appears that TOOL will be touring the West Coast of the USA from mid-November until Christmas. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

TOOL released its latest album, "10,000 Days", in the spring of 2006, five years after its previous effort, "Lateralus". The group intends to stay on tour until at least the end of 2007 before taking a break, but bassist Justin Chancellor told The Pulse of Radio that he doesn't think fans will have to wait another half decade for the next TOOL record. "Honestly, I don't know," he said. "We're in the second year of this tour already and it won't be long before people have said it's five years already. If we finish touring by, say, next January or February, once we've taken a little time off, it's almost unavoidable that it's gonna be a little while. I mean, honestly, I think everyone's getting a bit older, and I have a feeling we'll want to get on with it sooner than later this time."

Billboard reported several months ago that TOOL is mulling the idea of making a band movie. Guitarist Adam Jones said, "We all have ideas about it. If I had my way, it would be a narrative story in a surreal fashion with as much money and special effects as we could throw at it...It's just talk right now."

PUSCIFER, the side project of TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan, will release its debut album, "V Is for Vagina", on October 30 via Puscifer Entertainment.

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Puscifer Post Update

TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan has issued the following update on his PUSCIFER project:

"OK, music fans. Let the games begin. It's been a long time coming and we thank you for your patience. The 'Cuntry Boner' CD single is now available for pre-order exclusively at www.puscifer.com and will be shipped the first week of October. As promised there will be even more music to follow. We're just now finishing up the video for 'Queen B' and that should be up on iTunes in a few weeks. We're also putting together a pre-release EP for iTunes called 'Don't Shoot The Messenger'."

PUSCIFER's debut album, "V Is For Vagina", will be released an October 30 through Puscifer Entertainment.

Other songs set to appear on the CD include a cover of the CIRCLE JERKS' "World Up My Ass" and "Dojo".

"This is absolutely just put-it-on-and-move-your-butt -and-get-completely-out-of-your-head music," Keenan recently told MTV.com about the record. "This is purely body candy. It's meant to make you feel like I feel when I hear JAMES BROWN, when I hear some old JACKSON 5 or or ARETHA [FRANKLIN]. It's just that good feeling — music that makes you feel good. There's no math. Nothing wrong with math, but sometimes, it can be exhausting to be that forced, that focused. I'm a big KING CRIMSON fan, but only when I have the energy to be. Sometimes I just want to hear GNARLS BARKLEY."

PUSCIFER is comprised of a revolving door of contributors, including multi-instrumentalist Danny Lohner; songstress Lisa Germano; TELEFON TEL AVIV's Joshua Eustis; Jonny Polonsky; PRIMUS' Tim Alexander; model Milla Jovovich; TOOL guitar tech Matt Mitchell; and dark ambient artist Lustmord.

So why this new project? "I'm on a mission," Keenan said. "I've been assigned to be the guardian of a highly classified, highly effective Sonic Weapon of Mass Disruption. This sonic technology when 'unleashed,' if you will, causes parts of the anatomy to vibrate uncontrollably. Not unlike when someone yawns, everyone in the surrounding area will be affected. If executed properly, the subjects will be temporarily distracted from their duties. Their bodies will appear to be abducted by the Soul Train, as if J-Lo were auditioning for the 'Thriller' video. Awe-inspiring. Don't speak a word of it."

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Watch Puscifer's "Cuntry Boner" Video Online

PUSCIFER, Maynard James Keenan’s (Tool, Puscifer, Cadaceus) [clearly non-metal] side project will have its debut album released on October 30th through Red. You can watch a video for Puscifer's “Cuntry Boner” that Maynard put together online on YouTube.

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Twenty Arrested At Tool Show

According to the Asbury Park Press, New Jersey State Police said there were about 20 arrests made Wednesday (July 18) at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, a night on which alternative rock group TOOL performed.

Capt. Al Della Fave, spokesman for the State Police, said that total included arrests for underage drinking and possession of marijuana, but he was not able Thursday to provide a more detailed breakdown of arrests.

That total is less than half the number of arrests made before and during a June 25 concert headlined by THE FRAY. A June 6 FALL OUT BOY show generated similar results by law enforcement. Most of the arrests at both concerts were for underage drinking.

Wednesday's show was the latest in the series of arts center concerts this summer that are expected to draw an under-21 crowd and consequently are slated for extra police presence.

The beefed-up security was part of a plan set by the State Police, the Turnpike Authority, which owns the amphitheater, and Live Nation, which leases it.

The plan to curb underage drinking was put into action in June after 15 concertgoers, 13 of them minors, were brought to Bayshore Community Hospital for alcohol-related illnesses during and after the GWEN STEFANI performance May 18.

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Tool Develop New Songs While Playing Live

Launch Radio Networks reports: TOOL probably won't get around to recording or releasing a new album for a couple of years at least, but you might very well hear future songs from the band on its current tour. Bassist Justin Chancellor explained how the band has developed a habit of writing new material during its live show: "We do a lot of kind of segues, you know," he said. "When the shows start to really flow, you know, you start to come up with little segues that take one song into another, whether it's like an old song into a new one or whatever, you know. It starts to help the entire set really flow. And those pieces, those little links, if you like, they tend to become song ideas for the future, definitely."

Chancellor added that some of the material on TOOL's latest album, "10,000 Days", was first developed while the band was touring behind its previous effort, "Lateralus".

TOOL's latest North American tour brings the band to Clarkston, Michigan on Tuesday (July 3). The trek ends on July 18, after which the group will head to Europe in August and September.

TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan recently posted an update online about his latest side project, PUSCIFER. Keenan wrote that the album tracks were almost completed, with mixing scheduled for August and a possible release date in October.

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New Tool Album To Come "Sooner Rather Than Later"

Don Kaye from Launch Radio Networks has posted this report:

TOOL released its latest album, "10,000 Days", in the spring of 2006, five years after its previous effort, "Lateralus". The group intends to stay on tour until at least the end of 2007 before taking a break, but bassist Justin Chancellor told us that he doesn't think fans will have to wait another half decade for the next TOOL record:

"Honestly, I don't know. We're in the second year of this tour already and it won't be long before people have said it's five years already. If we finish touring by, say, next January or February, once we've taken a little time off, it's almost unavoidable that it's gonna be a little while. I mean, honestly, I think everyone's getting a bit older, and I have a feeling we'll want to get on with it sooner than later this time."

TOOL is currently on a North American tour that bring the band to Cincinnati on Friday night (June 29). The trek ends on July 18, after which the group will head to Europe in August and September.

"10,000 Days" has sold 1.5 million copies since its release in May of 2006.

Billboard recently reported that TOOL is mulling the idea of making a band movie. Guitarist Adam Jones said, "We all have ideas about it. If I had my way, it would be a narrative story in a surreal fashion with as much money and special effects as we could throw at it. It's just talk right now."

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Tool Announces More Overseas Dates

Tool have firmed up their upcoming overseas touring plans, here's how they look:
August 11th Hildescheim, GER - M'era Luna Festival
August 12th Katowice, POL - Spodek Metal Hammer Festival
August 13th Budapest, HUN - Sziget Festival
August 15th Salzburg, AUT - Frequency Festival
August 16th Gampel, SWI - Gampel Festival
August 18th Hasselt, BEL - Pukkelpop Festival
August 19th Dronten, NET - Lowlands Festival
August 21st London, UK - Brixton Academy
August 22nd London, UK - Brixton Academy
August 23rd Manchester, UK - TBA
August 25th Paris , FRA - Rock An Seine Festival
August 26th Frankfurt, GER - Area 4 Festival
August 28th Frankfurt, GER - Jahrhunderthalle
August 31st Vitoria-Gasteiz, SPA - Azkena Festival
September 02nd Bologna, ITA - Independent Days Festival - Arena Parco Nord
September 04th Zagreb, CRO - Salata
September 05th Belgrade, SER - TBA
September 07th Istanbul, TUR - Kurucesme Amphitheater

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Tool Finds Support For Upcomming Tour

Big Business have been tapped to support Tool on the third leg of their ongoing U.S. run, the band will be on the bill for the following stops:
June 24th Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
June 26th Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
June 27th Hoffman Estates, IL - Sears Centre
June 29th Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
July 01st Youngstown, OH - Chevrolet Centre (Convocation Ctr.)
July 03rd Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 05th Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
July 07th Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Superstore Arena
July 10th Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
July 12th Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center
July 13th Portland, ME - Cumberland Co. Civic Center
July 14th Albany, NY - Times Union Center
July 16th Reading, PA - Sovereign Center
July 18th Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

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Tool Tossing Around Idea of DVD

Tool have been tossing around the idea of a new film/DVD, you can read more about that here.

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Tool Extends Current North American Tour

TOOL keeps tacking shows onto its current North American tour, which now extends into mid-July. According to LiveDaily.com, the quartet has added concerts in Montreal; Boston; Portland, Maine; Fort Worth, Texas and others to its schedule. The trek, which began in late April with two nights in Las Vegas, was postponed from March after drummer Danny Carey tore his bicep in an accident at home.

The band has also booked another festival date, at Milwaukee's Summerfest, to add to its mid-June appearance at Tennessee's Bonnaroo event. Danny Carey told Launch that TOOL approaches festivals differently from its own shows. "It's this whole different vibe when you play at a festival," he said. "People have already had to go through so much, you know, especially if you're headlining. By the time you're on, you know, you don't wanna just drive them into the ground, you know. I think in those cases less is more, so we're happy just to play more rocking, straight ahead songs and not get too tedious 'cause it's not that kind of an environment. We'll save that for our own shows." More...

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Tool Announce More European Dates

TOOL has lined up the following European dates this summer:

Aug. 7-11 - Oslo, Norway - Øyafestivalen
Aug. 8-15 – Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
Aug. 11 - Hildesheim, Germany - M'era Luna Festival
Aug. 12 - Poland - Metal Hammer Festival
Aug. 15 - Austria - Frequency Festival
Aug. 16 - Switzerland - Gampel Open Air Festival
Aug. 18 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
Aug. 21 - London, England - Brixton Academy
Aug. 22 - London, England - Brixton Academy
Aug. 24 - Germany - Area 4 Festival
Aug. 25 - France - Rock Ein Seine
Aug. 28 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderhalle
Sep. 02 - Italy - Independant Days Festival More...

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Tool Schedules London Dates

According to LiveNation.co.uk, TOOL will play two shows in London, England at the end of August. The band is scheduled to perform at the Carling Academy Brixton on August 21-22.

The band, last witnessed in the U.K. in May 2006 when they played two sold-out nights at London's Apollo Theatre, are rumored to be taking part in the the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals, which are slated for August 24-26.

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Tool Announce More Rescheduled Tour Dates

TOOL has announced more rescheduled dates for its spring U.S. tour, which was postponed from its original mid-March start after drummer Danny Carey tore a bicep while picking up his dog at home. The trek will now commence on April 27 in las Vegas, Nevada. Nearly 40 shows have been confirmed so far, including a co-headlining appearance at Manchester, Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival in mid-June.

According to Billboard.com, singer Maynard James Keenan has been working during TOOL's unexpected break on new music from his side project PUSCIFER. Keenan revealed at his MySpace page that AUDIOSLAVE/RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk have played on the tracks, along with ex-PRIMUS and A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Tim Alexander. Keenan wrote that he plans to post songs on the page "within the next month or so."

TOOL will be continuing to support its latest album, "10,000 Days", and current single, "Jambi". More...

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Tool Frontman Talks About Puscifer

In an interview with SuicideGirls.com Maynard James Keenan talks about his side project Puscifer:

SuicideGirls.com: Recently I've gotten to talk to Les Claypool and Mike Patton who have all these different bands that they do. They both pretty much told me that they're not even sure sometimes where the music they're creating will go. Are you the same way?

Keenan: I try to wear one hat at a time. I find that's the best way to do it. When I'm doing tours I'm doing tours. If I'm doing A PERFECT CIRCLE then I'm doing that. But PUSCIFER has been a little different because it is not just music. It's actually as much a clothing line as it is a band. I've been talking with different manufacturers so it's almost a brand at this point.

SuicideGirls.com: Was that always the intention?

Keenan: I think it's just the age that we're in. With the internet the way it is, music is now a soundtrack to some other activity. You can make a living selling songs but you make a better living playing them. If you're not going to play them you got to figure out what else to sell and I guess that comes down to t-shirts and key chains.

SuicideGirls.com: What was the inspiration for PUSCIFER?

Keenan: PUSCIFER has basically been my little baby and I just kept working on it. I was inspired by all these tunes on the radio like oldies, Motown stuff and hip-hop. Stuff that feels good. I approached PUSCIFER like that. I'm just trying to get stuff that I don't have to think too much about it. It's got a good groove. It makes you feel good and that's where I've been concentrating because I have all the introspective, torturous, painfully organized and arranged music that takes years to create and cuts really deep. But PUSCIFER does not do that. It's something that I want to have fun with and not worry about it being groundbreaking or changing the world.

SuicideGirls.com: Are you going to tour with PUSCIFER? More...

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Tool Announce More Rescheduled Tour Dates

TOOL have announced more rescheduled live dates. The band were forced to cancel dates recently when drummer Danny Carey was injured.

Rescheduled dates now include:

April
30 - Reno at Reno Event Center

May
2 - San Diego at Cox Arena
5 - Las Cruces at Pan American Center
6 - Tucson at Convention Center Arena
8 - Albuquerque at Tingley Coliseum
9 - Colorado Springs, CO at World Arena
11 - Wichita, KS at Kansas Coliseum
15 - Southaven at DeSoto Center
17 - Bossier City, LA at Centurytel Arena
19 - Oklahoma City at Ford Center
21 - San Antonio at AT&T Center
22 - Corpus Christi at American Bank Center
24 - Baton Rouge at River Center
25 - Pensacola, FL at Pensacola Civic Center
26 - Birmingham, AL at Verizon Wireless Music Center
29 - Tampa, FL at USF Sundome
31 - Orlando, FL at Amway Arena

June
1 - Sunrise, FL at Bank Atlantic Center
2 - Jacksonville, FL at Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4 - Duluth, GA at Gwinnette Center More...

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Tool Announce First Rescheduled Tour Dates

TOOL have issued the following update:

"Here are SOME rescheduled shows - shows that had already gone on-sale prior to (drummer) Danny (Carey)'s injury. People can exchange their original ticket(s) for the new show. I'll add these to the tour section after Kat's birthday party (which is currently on-going), but you can read them here in the meantime."

Rescheduled dates include:

April
30 - Reno at Reno Event Center

May
2 - San Diego at Cox Arena
5 - Las Cruces at Pan American Center
6 - Tucson at Convention Center Arena
8 - Albuquerque at Tingley Coliseum
15 - Southaven at DeSoto Center
19 - Oklahoma City at Ford Center
21 - San Antonio at AT&T Center
22 - Corpus Christi at American Bank Center
24 - Baton Rouge at River Center

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More Details On Tool Tour Postponement

Launch Radio Networks reports: TOOL drummer Danny Carey apparently injured himself while lifting something at home, according to sources close to the band. Carey tore his bicep last week, requiring surgery and forcing the group to postpone its North American tour, which was scheduled to begin on March 15 in Las Vegas. Carey went under the knife last Wednesday (February 21), and Launch understands that doctors will examine him this week to determine just how much time he'll need to recuperate.

TOOL may run into trouble rescheduling its tour for later this spring, as many of the arenas it was booked into are on hold for either hockey or basketball playoffs at that time.

A representative for the band said TOOL is asking fans to be patient and hold onto their tickets, although refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Once Carey has recovered, the group plans to keep touring worldwide through June of 2008.

The group is still scheduled to perform at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, held between June 14 and June 17 in Manchester, Tennessee.

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