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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Maynard James Keenan, of Tool and A Perfect Circle notoriety, has another project in the works; in an outfit known simply as Puscifer, Keenan lets his creative juices flow unhindered. Maynard, and special guests he works with on any particular song, are just getting the project off the ground, with only a few songs yet done, one of which, Rev 22:20, was featured on the Underworld soundtrack. Now Puscifer is announcing the launch of its official corner of the web, www.puscifer.com, which will open its gates to the world on October 13th. Head along to check out the latest in Puscifer news, hear the project's musical offerings, and even purchase some brand new Puscifer merchandise.
Mastodon have officially been confirmed to support Tool on the following UK stops:
November 24th Manchester, UK - MEN Arena
November 25th Glasgow, UK - SECC Arena
November 27th London, UK - Wembley Arena
November 30th Cardiff, UK - International Arena
December 01st Nottingham, UK - Arena
Mastodon are currently rumored to support Tool on their previously announced European/UK run which will kick off November 03rd and run through to December 13th. In other news, Tool have announced the following two Australian dates:
January 24th Sydney, AUS - Sydney Ent'ment Centre
January 31st Melbourne, AUS - Sydney Myer Music Bowl
Tool was forced to postpone Tuesday night's (September 12) concert at the AT&T Center in San Antonio after singer Maynard James Keenan was taken ill. The band's guitarist, Adam Jones, called in to 99.5 KISS with an apology and an explanation. "Oh, I'm really sorry," Jones said. "It's horrible, you know. Our singer got sick… Maynard is sick and it's very unfortunate 'cause, you know, when I get sick or Danny [Carey] or Justin [Chamberlain] get sick, we can still go on with the show, but Maynard's got fever, he's coughing up stuff, he's hoarse and he doesn't want everyone to think he sucks by going out and trying anyway. But you know, he needs to just get over it, rest, you know, and hopefully we can continue. So you just need to hold on to your tickets and we'll try to swing back around on this tour or on the next tour… It'll be good for that. We're really sorry about this, but it happens. You know, you're traveling and overnighting to different places and climate changes and different pollens and different infected people that are probably getting him sick and, you know." You can download and listen to the interview here.
Experimental rockers Isis have announced the release dates for their new album, up-coming DVD and Isis/Aereogramme split CD. Isis, who were anticipating a lack of love from the crowds on their recently begun their tour with Tool, and have proclaimed the first show "better than we could have expected", thanking everyone who turned up for being early and enjoying the music. Isis are increasingly excited about the rest of the tour with Tool, which is "gonna be killer".
Isis' up-coming studio effort, "In The Absence Of Truth", is due to be released through Ipecac on Halloween this year. Front cover artwork for the album is available here. The new DVD, also through Ipecac, will precede the album with a September 26th release date. Artwork at this location. Finally, an Isis/Aereogramme split CD, entitled "In The Fishtank" is set to hit shelves sometime September this year, through Konkurrent. Artwork can be viewed here.
Berkeley based rock band, Kaura have been added to TOOL's Sacramento show on September 2nd with ISIS at the Sleep Train Amphitheater.
The band recently got back from traveling to India, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Bali, and Laos collecting instruments to incorporate into their melodic and epic rock sound. They documented the entire trip on video, which was recently released on DVD. A Perfect Circle's Paz Lenchantin played on the bands self-released EP last year and they are about to begin negotiations with record labels for the release of their first album. You can learn more about Kaura and hear their music at their MySpace page.
ISIS frontman Aaron Turner isn't stupid. He knows his band is certain to get booed by TOOL fans when ISIS head out on the road with Maynard James Keenan's collection of avant-metal cohorts. But that's not going to stop Turner from trying to open up a few minds.
"You're bound to have a larger meathead contingency in your audience when you open for a band as big as TOOL, and we're very aware of the fact that a good portion of the people at these shows will be bored to tears or perhaps even angry while we're playing," said Turner, who also owns Los Angeles-based Hydra Head Records. "There's also a good chance a lot of 'em won't even be there and will be finding their seats as we're finishing up our set. In one way, we're really excited about it, but in another way, we're realistic about it too.
"TOOL are definitely the biggest band we've ever toured with, but I don't feel like it's ultimately going to change things for us that much," he continued. "The hope is that we'll gain some new fans. But there's no delusions that by doing this tour we're going to come out on the other side being a much more popular band. Most smaller bands that open for a bigger band are likely to gain some new fans, but they're just as likely to be heckled off the stage."
ISIS — who got together more than eight years ago — are a monstrous, thick and spiritual assemblage of musical experimentalists whose sound contains elements of heavy metal, punk and hardcore. Their complex compositions make them a perfect fit for the TOOL trek, which winds down September 29 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
"We've done tours with a wide array of bands with the intent of trying to capture a really eclectic audience," Turner said. "I think that any band that has a style even slightly outside the box or a little bit difficult in some way or another, those types of bands — which I see ISIS as being — are more likely to garner a really hard-core following, because it takes a person who's willing to dig beneath the surface to find out about these bands and get intimate with their music. That kind of listener's more prone to a more devoted, almost slavish obsession with a band."
While on the road with TOOL, ISIS will be promoting a pair of new releases: the band's debut DVD, "Clearing the Eye," which will be in stores September 26, and In the Absence of Truth, the follow-up to 2004's Panopticon, slated for release this Halloween. ("We picked a good date to release a heavy metal record, I guess," Turner laughed.) The DVD contains live footage the band started culling back in 2000. "It's the stuff we felt was most representative of us as a band and our evolution over the last few years," the singer said.
Releasing a provocative, cerebral metal album at this time is a smart move for ISIS. With records from MASTODON, SUNN 0))), BOTCH and THE MARS VOLTA (not a metal band, but certainly an outfit metalheads revere) on the not-so-distant horizon, Turner said he considers ISIS part of a movement, perhaps even a revival of progressive rock and metal.
"Metal has been alive and well in the underground forever, and occasionally it pops its head up into the mainstream," he said. "Right now is just one of those times when it's got some more mainstream visibility. We're not ashamed to take advantage of that. But that's not to say that we're compromising ourselves or doing things differently than we have in the past. This is what we like to do. If we can absorb some of the trickle-down from these other bigger bands that are getting noticed at the moment and turn new listeners on to what we're doing, we're certainly going to capitalize on that.
"We want to be the kind of band that demands a certain amount of attention to really grasp the full effect of what we're going for," he added. "The way we approach our writing and the way we record, we purposely bury a lot of elements deep in the mix, so it's like little subtleties and nuances that are unearthed after repeat listens."
After ISIS finish TOOL's North American trek, they'll probably head over to Europe with the band, again in a support role for a monthlong tour. Turner said ISIS also plan to travel to Japan and Australia for some live dates and are working on organizing a U.S. headlining run for either late fall or early 2007.
And believe it or not, ISIS may even have a new album already recorded, one that came together almost accidentally. The band has been rehearsing with Montreal producer/electronic musician Tim Hecker, who remixed several of ISIS' tracks for 2005's Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations.
"We've been recording everything that we've been playing together," Turner said. "It was all largely improvised but based on some really basic premises and parameters. That might actually end up turning into another record for us."
A low-quality video clip of METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett performing with TOOL during their headlining appearance at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday (August 18) has been posted online at YouTube.com.
According to one TOOL fan's eyewitness account posted at the ToolNavy.com web site, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan introduced Hammett by saying, "We have a special guest tonight. He's not [unintelligible], and he's not Elvis. Well, maybe he's their bastard son, Mr. Kirk Hammett." "[Kirk] then proceeded to come out and play guitar on 'Sober'. I've never been partial to METALLICA, and for those of you who are, I'm sorry to report that Kirk damn near butchered the song. His drunken so-called 'solo' was particularly sloppy and completely extraneous. Only the band coming back through to thrash the rest of the song out extremely hard saved it. Then he totally tripped out and flustered Adam [Jones, TOOL guitarist] by grabbing him for his 'hug' and kissing him on the mouth! Only to return at the end of the show to the stage to perform the 'we're not worthy!' bow on his knees before the guys. At least he realizes." More...
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett reportedly joined TOOL onstage during their headlining appearance at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday (August 18). According to one TOOL fan's eyewitness account posted at the ToolNavy.com web site, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan introduced Hammett by saying, "We have a special guest tonight. He's not [unintelligible], and he's not Elvis. Well, maybe he's their bastard son, Mr. Kirk Hammett." "[Kirk] then proceeded to come out and play guitar on 'Sober'. I've never been partial to METALLICA, and for those of you who are, I'm sorry to report that Kirk damn near butchered the song. His drunken so-called 'solo' was particularly sloppy and completely extraneous. Only the band coming back through to thrash the rest of the song out extremely hard saved it. Then he totally tripped out and flustered Adam [Jones, TOOL guitarist] by grabbing him for his 'hug' and kissing him on the mouth! Only to return at the end of the show to the stage to perform the 'we're not worthy!' bow on his knees before the guys. At least he realizes."
Tool have announced that they will be heading Down Under in January next year to play two shows, one in Sydney, and one in Melbourne. The annual Tool rumour is once again rampant, suggesting that the band will possibly be showing their gratitude to their Australian fans by joining the next Big Day Out tour. Whilst this rumour leaks it's way into Aussie hearts almost every year, with a very minimal two-show tour in support of their latest album, "10,000 Days", high hopes are perhaps a little easier to get away with this time around.
The tickets for the Sydney and Melbourne shows start selling August 25th through Ticketmaster. Details follow:
Sydney: January 24th at the Sydney Entertainment Centre
Melbourne: January 31st at the l Myer Music Bowl
The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that at least 15 people were injured when thousands of fans surged forward during TOOL's Street Scene 2006 performance in the parking lot of San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. The report is as follows:
More than a dozen concertgoers were sent to area hospitals last night after a crowd disturbance at Street Scene 2006, a large music festival held in the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium.
The melee happened during the headlining performance by Los Angeles rock band Tool.
There were few details on the incident, but witnesses reported seeing a stream of fans being carried out on stretchers.
“We've had quite a few injuries,” said San Diego fire Battalion Chief Chris Brainard, shortly before midnight. “We have probably 15 patients transferred to area hospitals and we're still making determinations on (the condition of) others.”
Brainard attributed the injuries to the thousands of fans packed near the front of Street Scene's Zaranda Stage, where Tool began its performance at 10:36 last night.
The crush of fans grew so great that midway through the band's second song, lead singer Maynard James Keenan stopped singing and said: “Step back so you don't get trampled. It's just rock.”
Keenan repeatedly implored the crowd to step back, even before a uniformed city official conferred with him on stage.
“If you all take a few steps back we can keep playing,” Keenan told the audience at 10:52. The crowd moved back.
A few minutes later, Keenan said: “Look out for your brothers and sisters. No one has to die in rock 'n' roll.”
He and his band then played on, concluding their performance at midnight.
Last night was not the first time that excited Street Scene fans have been hurt. In 2004, a Friday night show featuring the band AFI drew such a large crowd that a metal barrier near the front of the stage collapsed.
Tool are said to be eyeing the track "The Pot" as the next single from their latest effort "10,000 Days".
Tool have added the following North American and European dates to their tour schedule, taking them almost to the end of 2006. Isis is to support Tool for most (if not all) of their US run, but it's unclear who will support them for the newly announced dates. The tour dates are as follows:
September 9th in Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
September 26th in Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
September 29th in Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
September 30th in Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
October 2nd in Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena
October 3rd in Manchester, CT @ TBA
October 5th in Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center
October 6th in East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
October 7th in Wantagh, NY @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theatre
November 3rd in Barcelona, SPA @ Badalona
November 4th in Madrid, SPA @ Palacio Vista Alegre
November 5th in Lisbon, POR @ Atlantic Pavilion
November 9th in Rotterdam, NET @ Ahoy
November 10th in Brussels, BEL @ Forest National
November 12th in Turin, ITA @ Palaisozaki
November 13th in Florence, ITA @ Nelson Mandela Forum
November 15th in Rimini, ITA @ Palasport
November 16th in Venice, ITA @ Palasport
November 18th in Munich, GER @ Zenith
November 19th in Vienna, AUT @ Stadthalle
November 24th in Manchester, UK @ Manchester Evening News Arena
November 25th in Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
November 27th in London, UK @ Wembley Arena
November 30th in Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff International Arena
December 1st in Nottingham, UK @ Nottingham Arena
December 3rd in Oberhausen, GER @ Konig-Pilsener Arena
December 4th in Leipzig, GER @ Leipzig Arena
December 5th in Stuttgart, GER @ Porsche Arena
December 7th in Lyon, FRA @ Halle Tony Garnier
December 8th in Nantes, FRA @ Zenith
December 10th in Paris, FRA @ Le Zenith
December 12th in Mannheim, GER @ Maimarkthalle
December 13th in Zurich, SWI @ Hallenstadion Zurich
Los Angeles, California-based experimental post-hardcore outfit ISIS will support TOOL on their fall 2006 U.S. tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Aug. 30 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheater
Sep. 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ Theater Under the Stars
Sep. 02 - Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
Sep. 03 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
Sep. 05 - Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Arena
Sep. 07 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Sep. 11 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
Sep. 12 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Sep. 14 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Sep. 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
Sep. 16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
Sep. 18 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Sep. 21 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Sep. 22 - Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Sep. 23 - Toronto @ Molson Amphitheater
Sep. 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
Sep. 28 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center
Sep. 29 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
TOOL have lined up the following North American shows during August:
Aug. 4-5 - San Diego, CA - Street Scene '06
Aug. 06 - Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Aug. 18 - Honolulu, HI - Blaisdell Concert Hall
Aug. 19 - Honolulu, HI - Blaisdell Concert Hall
Aug. 22 - Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
Aug. 24 - Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
Aug. 25 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Aug. 27 - George, WA - The Gorge
Aug. 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - E Center
More dates will be announced soon.
In other news, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Adam Jones recently stopped by the BBC Radio 1 studios for an interview, which aired last night (June 20) on the "Rock Show". Listen to a replay of the program at BBC.co.uk.
Tool's "10,000 Days" topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than double than the latest from Pearl Jam album. The Tool Dissectional/Volcano set gave the band a career-best sales week, moving 564,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to put it at No. 1. "10,000 Days" also takes over the lead from Godsmack's "IV" (Universal) on the Top Rock Albums chart.
Tool's last album, "Lateralus," also opened at No. 1 on the big chart in 2001 with sales of 555,000 units. It has sold more than 2.3 million to date.
Tool is planning to promote "Vicarious," the seven-minute first single from its new album, "10,000 Days," with a DVD single in the coming weeks. The group previously issued singles in this format for its tracks "Schism" and "Parabola."
After completing a round of American dates later this month and ensuing tours of Europe and Japan, the band will return to the States in the fall.
World Entertainment News Network is reporting that TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan is planning his touring schedule around his new vineyard's harvesting and bottling because he insists on being part of the process. The eccentric rocker launched Merkin Vineyards in Sedona, Arizona last year and his first attempt at winemaking, the limited edition Primer Paso, has been a sellout.
And now the wine connoisseur is hooked on his new hobby and insists on scheduling all records, promoting and touring around the winery's most important weeks.
He says, "The guys know that I've gotta be in Arizona for the harvesting and processing, and then I'll need to be back there again for the bottling. We'll be working our touring schedule around it."
Keenan plans to release a 2004 Nagual de la Naga and a 2004 Nagual del Sensei, as well as a new Primer Paso under his Caduceus Cellars trade name later this year.
TOOL have lined up the following North American dates before they head over to Europe:
April 30 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
May 2 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
May 4 - Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
May 5 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
May 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Gammage Auditorium
May 8 - Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Auditorium
May 10 - Denver, CO @ Temple Buell Theatre
May 11 - Kansas City, KS @ Memorial Hall
May 12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
May 13 - Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
May 15 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Hummingbird Centre
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
May 19 - New York, NY @ City Center
May 20 - New York, NY @ City Center
May 21 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
All shows are expected to go on sale on April 22nd.
TOOL will be playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on May 12th. Tickets are $63 and go on sale on April 22nd at noon.
Jonathan Cohen of Billboard.com reports: Tool has revealed the track list for its next studio album, "10,000 Days." As previously reported, the set is due May 2 via Volcano. The first single/album opener "Vicarious," which stretches past the seven-minute mark, is due to arrive April 17 at U.S. rock radio outlets.
True to form, the 11-track "10,000 Days" sports a number of epic tunes, particularly "Rosetta Stoned" and "10,000 Days (Wings Pt. 2)," both of which clock in at 11:14. Near the end of the disc are the substantially lengthy "Intension" (7:21) and "Right in Two" (8:56).
"10,000 Days" is the follow-up to 2001's "Lateralus," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As previously reported, Tool will play its first U.S. show since late 2002 when it headlines the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 30 in Indio, Calif. No other U.S. dates have been confirmed. Afterward, the band will spend the first portion of the summer playing the European festival circuit, with dates on tap through July 9 at Finland's Turku Festival.
Here is the track list for "10,000 Days":
"Wings for Marie (Pt. 1)"
"10,000 Days (Pt. 2)"
"Lost Keys (Blame Hofman)"
"Right in Two"