Band Photo: Tool (?)
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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According to The Pulse of Radio, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan admitted to Spinner.com on Friday (November 16) that he's skeptical about RADIOHEAD's recent digital release of its new album, "In Rainbows". Keenan said that it was easy for a band as popular as RADIOHEAD to let its fans pay what they want for the record, explaining, "I love RADIOHEAD. They're a great band, but I do think — and I'll go on record now as saying I'll probably be wrong and time will tell — what they did is a one-trick pony in a way, 'cause it might work for a publicity thing to allow people to download it, but it's very comfortable for them to be able to do that. They're going to make lots of money touring and they've already made lots of money selling records."
While Keenan believes that the distribution of music has entered a new era, he told The Pulse of Radio that it will still have its share of problems. "One thing that I see the musicians wanting is more independence and, you know, more control over their destiny," he said. "The one downside to it is that for the most part, the reason they make music is because they're damaged goods and they're generally not that bright when it comes to making business decisions. So eventually the vampires that survive the aftermath of the industry collapse will figure out a way to get their fingers back into these guys."
Keenan told Spinner.com that giving away music could hurt smaller acts, saying, "The people it will affect are those in-between bands that all of a sudden got a catchy song and people start passing it around for free. Well, if the people that got it would actually have paid for (it), these guys may have been able to afford another record 'cause guess what, there are no more labels."
Keenan issued the debut album from his project PUSCIFER, titled "V Is For Vagina", through his own label last month.
TOOL kicked off a new North American tour last week and plays Monday night (November 19) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During an interview with Australia's Beat magazine, Maynard James Keenan of TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE and PUSCIFER sounded off on illegal downloading, but not for selfish reasons. "I acknowledge I am one of the winners of the lottery," Keenan tells Nick Snelling. "Around the time NIRVANA came out, labels were out there looking for something different. TOOL got lucky, we got a record deal, but we were also smart and planned to do as much as we could to take advantage of it. But there's a lot of young bands out there where that $1000 in record sales could be the difference in them going on the road or recording their next record or not, you know? So kids out there need to understand that if they dig a band's music, then they have to find some way to get compensation to that band for their art so that they can ensure the band can keep making it." But looking out for the little guy isn't an endorsement to download Keenan's own material for nothing. "I can't do this for free," he said. "It's ridiculous and insulting."
Recently, the singer was quoted in Rolling Stone, where he said: "Heavy rock is sinking" and the PUSCIFER project was his way of stepping away from it and deliberately trying to make a "fun project." Does he still feel like that? "Yes. It has stagnated, it's no longer moving anywhere,' he says bluntly, speaking of the genre. "Part of it is large labels signing stuff they think is easy and a quick buck, but I also think it's the bands who aren't evolving their ideas or stretching their legs musically. And the ones that are, you don't hear about — they're overlooked 'cos they're not moving units. The independent stuff is out there, bubbling underneath, but no one's giving it a chance 'cos they're all scrabbling for the next LINKIN PARK or BACKSTREET BOYS-style band."
He gives a small snort. "I just think it's one-dimensional, I'm sorry. Or maybe, that really is the best that they can do!"
Speaking of lowest common denominators, was the singer gutted over the farcical decision to award the Grammy to WOLFMOTHER (and their derivative single "Woman") over TOOL for "Best Hard Rock Performance"? "Well, you and I both know exactly where that song came from," he laughs. "But never mind all that, because it was a catchy feel-good song, which is kind what we all need right now. Forget the depth of it. If rock is dead, and nobody knows where to go and they're not moving forward, what else are they gonna do except go back and look at stuff that's been done. They want to rekindle that feeling you got when you first heard soul-inspiring rock."
Suicide Girls has posted an exclusive video featuring Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan, shot on the grounds of his vineyard in Arizona, Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards. Maynard, who keeps a blog on SG.com, talks about making both wine and music and where the two merge in his world. More...
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A "huge" fan of TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan purchased a copy of the debut album by Maynard's new band PUSCIFER, "V is for Vagina", on the day of its release and had its title promptly tattooed "in the most appropriate place." A three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing all the action can be viewed on YouTube or below.
"V is for Vagina" sold 27,000 in the United States in the first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record, which was released through Maynard's own label, features contributions from a number of artists, including PRIMUS drummer Tim Alexander, ex-NINE INCH NAILS member Danny Lohner, producer Alan Moulder and actress Milla Jovovich.
Keenan also has a merchandise company under the Puscifer banner, and plans to make several short films as part of the project.
TOOL will begin a new North American tour on November 14 in Austin, Texas and issues a DVD called "Vicarious" on December 18. More...
Maynard James Keenan (PUSCIFER, TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE) will seize control of XM 48 Squizz tomorrow (Tuesday, October 30) at 3:00 p.m. ET. He will play various tracks off the new PUSCIFER full-length CD, "V is for Vagina". "We're sure Maynard has something up his sleeve other than just introducing songs as well," says XM 48 Squizz's Program Director Bodhi.
PUSCIFER is streaming its debut album, "V is for Vagina", in its entirety at this location. Due on October 30, the record features contributions from a number of artists, including PRIMUS drummer Tim Alexander, ex-NINE INCH NAILS member Danny Lohner, producer Alan Moulder and actress Milla Jovovich. The first single is called "Queen B." (view video below).
Maynard James Keenan recently told The Pulse of Radio that PUSCIFER has been around in one form or another since the early '90s, when a version of the outfit would perform at a Los Angeles comedy club. But Keenan said that PUSCIFER is much more than just another band to him. "Absolutely," he said. "This is much more of just a collaborative, creative outlet on all levels with various people, and hopefully with this new digital age, it'll be something that starts to kind of set a precedent for how other people work with other people, free from label contracts and just kind of express to express, and not really worry about taking over the world with it."
Keenan also has a merchandise company under the PUSCIFER banner, and plans to make several short films as part of the project.
TOOL will begin what could be its final tour in support of 2006's "10,000 Days" on November 14 in Austin, Texas.
TOOL will issue a DVD called "Vicarious" on December 18, according to a post at the band's official web site, Toolband.com. Although details on the disc are sketchy, it will include the title video, which was for the first single from the band's 2006 album, "10,000 Days". The post said that the set will contain "an extended cut (of the video), lots of bonus material and, of course, special packaging," although it did not reveal whether any other clips or footage would be featured.
"10,000 Days" has sold more than a million copies since its May 2006 arrival.
TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan will issue the first album from his side project PUSCIFER, titled "V Is For Vagina", on October 30.
TOOL will embark on a North American tour next month, starting in mid-November and finishing four weeks later. The band has steadily added more dates to its schedule and the itinerary now looks like this:
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 - West Valley City, UT - E Center
Nov. 25 - Billings, MT - Metrapark Arena
Nov. 27 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Center
Nov. 29 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place
Dec. 01 - Victoria, BC - Save On Foods Memorial Center
Dec. 04 - Everett, WA - Everett Events Center
Dec. 05 - Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum
Dec. 07 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
Dec. 08 - Nampa, ID - Idaho Center
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
TOOL have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:
November 14 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
November 16 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
November 17 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
November 19 - Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa Convention Center
November 21 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
November 23 - Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
November 24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
November 25 - Billings, MT @ Metrapark Arena
November 27 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
November 29 - Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
December 1 - Victoria, BC @ Save On Foods Memorial Centre
December 4 - Everett, WA @ Everett Events Center
December 5 - Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
December 7 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
December 8 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center
December 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre
The Pulse of Radio reports: TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan says that he recently worked on a new song with drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford of AUDIOSLAVE and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Although Wilk and Commerford were rumored to have played on Keenan's upcoming PUSCIFER album, the singer told The Pulse of Radio that the collaboration took a somewhat different shape. "They found themselves not working with (singer Chris) Cornell after the last AUDIOSLAVE record and they wanted to know if I was interested in starting a band. And I said 'No, I've got this other thing going on and two other bands to boot.' But what I suggested to them was that they should start their own band and have me sing a song, and have some other singers sing a song. I think on some level they agreed, and so that's what we kind of did. I went in and we wrote a song together and right now they're currently trying to record that song, and I'll go sing on it."
A different version of the same song, which is called "Mono Stead", also appears on the debut PUSCIFER record, "V Is For Vagina", which comes out on October 30.
There's no further details on the album project that the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE musicians are working on or if guitarist Tom Morello is involved.
PUSCIFER is the umbrella for a loose collective of musicians, comedians and other artists that Keenan has been working with since the early '90s.
TOOL begins a new North American tour on November 14 in Austin, Texas.
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...
TOOL have update their site to reveal the following newly confirmed US tour dates:
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
10 - Los Angeles, CA at Nokia Theatre
11 - Los Angeles, CA at Nokia Theatre
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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
Tool have been tossing around the idea of a new film/DVD, you can read more about that here.