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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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Video Available of Kirk Hammett's Jam With Tool

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...

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Metallica Guitarist Jams With Tool In Hawaii

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."

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Tool Announce Australian Shows

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

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Fans Injured At Tool Show

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.

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Tool Announce New Single

Tool are said to be eyeing the track "The Pot" as the next single from their latest effort "10,000 Days".

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Tool Announce More US Tour Dates, European Tour

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

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Isis To Support Tool On U.S. Tour

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

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Tool Announce North American Tour Dates

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.

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Tool Charts At #1, Plans "Vicarious" DVD Single

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.

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Tool Frontman Puts Winery Business First

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.

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Tool Release North American Tour Dates

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.

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Tool Announce Minneapolis Show

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.

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Tool Announces New Single, Release Date Set

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":

"Vicarious"
"Jambi"
"Wings for Marie (Pt. 1)"
"10,000 Days (Pt. 2)"
"The Pot"
"Lipan Conjuring"
"Lost Keys (Blame Hofman)"
"Rosetta Stoned"
"Intension"
"Right in Two"
"Viginti Tres"

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Tool Announce "10,000 Days" Track Listing

TOOL have announced the final track listing of their new album, "10,000 Days", due on May 2 via Volcano. The 77-minute, 11-song prog-metal odyssey, which is said to be "packed with plenty of eight minute-plus twisted riff-a-thons, odd-tempo polyrhythms and the band's trademark, eerie interludes" (according to Kerrang! magazine), 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.

"10,000 Days" track listing:

01. Vicarious
02. Jambi
03. Wings For Marie (Pt 1)
04. 10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)
05. The Pot
06. Lipan Conjuring
07. Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)
08. Rosetta Stoned
09. Intension
10. Right In Two
11. Viginti Tres

As previously reported, TOOL will play their 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, TOOL 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.

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Tool's "10,000 Days" Release Date Set

According to Billboard.com, Volcano has set a May 2 North American release date for the new TOOL album, entitled "10,000 Days". The 77-minute, 11-song prog-metal odyssey, which is said to be "packed with plenty of eight minute-plus twisted riff-a-thons, odd-tempo polyrhythms and the band's trademark, eerie interludes" (according to Kerrang! magazine), 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 their 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, TOOL 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 are TOOL's current tour dates: More...

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Tool Releases Name of New Album

According to a posting that was made on the bands official website www.toolband.com (and then subsequently removed), Tool's new album will be titled "10,000 Days". A May/June release date is currently expected for the effort.

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Tool Announce European Tour Dates

Tool have confirmed the following European tour dates:

5/26 - Lisbon, Portugal / Superrock Festival
5/27 - Madrid, Spain / Festimad
5/29 - Barcelona, Spain / Razzmatazz
5/30 - Lyon, France / Transbordeur
5/31 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg / Rockhal
6/2 - Germany / Rock AM Ring
6/3 - Germany / Rock IM Park
6/4 - Landgraaf, Holland / Pink Pop Festival
6/6 - Hamburg, Germany / Sporthalle
6/7 - Berlin, Germany / Columbiahalle
6/8 - Dusseldorf, Germany / Philipshalle
6/16 - Switzerland / Interlaken Festival
6/17 - Vienna, Austria / Nova Rock Festival
6/19 - Milan, Italy / Filaforum
6/21 - Rome, Italy / Foro Italico
6/22 - Bologna, Italy / L R Arena
6/24 - Poland / Katowice Spodek
6/25 - Prague, Czech Republic / T Mobile Arena
6/28 - Paris, France / Le Zenith
6/29 - Belgium / Werchter Festival
7/1 - Denmark / Roskilde Festival
7/4 - Kristiansand, Norway / Quart Festival
7/7 - Gothenburg, Sweden / Metal Town Festival
7/9 - Finland / Turku Festival

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Just For Fun

Antimusic.com Has Fun With Ozzfest Rumors

With all the rumors going around about the bands on Ozzfest, Antimusic.com thought it would be fun to look at some of the latest rumors:

Guns N' Roses - We now know that Axl and company are making the rounds at European festivals this Spring but will they headline Ozzfest? It could happen but then again they could easily sellout the same venues on their own and keep all the cash instead of sharing with Sharon.

AC/DC - Given that Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, two bands that do well on their own, have done the tour in the past it's not too crazy to think of AC/DC heading the fest but again they might be better off on their own.

Korn - Since they aren't drawing like they used to on their own this might make be a good fit.

Alice in Chains - Judas Priest used Ozzfest for their comeback but a Layne-less AIC might not attract enough $$ for Sharon.

System of a Down - Given how much they love greedy capitalist like Sharon, who knows?

Body Count - Ice T supposedly told a radio DJ that they are doing it. Would be kind of cool to have a credible rap rock band on the tour for a change.

Tool - would be cool but they are supposed to have some conflicting summer gigs already in the can.

Metallica - management killed this rumor. Maybe they will team up with Guns N Roses again and do stadiums? Hey we can start rumors too, just look at the next section!

Since rumors are so fun, we're gonna start our own. Sharon wants to expand Ozzfest's reach and wants to sell as many tickets as possible so what about these bookings? Backstreet Boys, 50 Cent and Britney Spears. Think it's a stretch? Sharon did put Crazy Town on the main stage one year and let's not forget about Linkin Park and Adema.

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Opeth Confirmed For Roskilde Festival

Opeth will appear at the Roskilde festival, which takes place in Roskilde, Denmark from June 29 to July 2. The festival also features Tool, Volbeat and more.

Opeth will also be headlining a show in Stockholm, Sweden sometime in April. More news TBA.

The band will soon embark on a North American tour, beginning mid-February, with Dark Tranquillity.

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Tool Confirmed To Play Rokslide Fest In Denmark

TOOL are one of the first three acts to be confirmed for this year's Roskilde Festial, set to take place June 29 – July 2 in Roskilde, Denmark. Also scheduled to appear are FRANZ FERDINAND and KANYE WEST. More acts will be announced soon.

It was previously reported by Norwegian national TV channel TV2 that TOOL will play Norway's Quart festival in early July. Both the Roskilde and Quart performances are likely to be part of a European festival tour in the summer.

TOOL are currently in the mixing stage on their new album and are reportedly looking at an April or May release for the disc, their first since 2001's "Lateralus". A video directed by guitarist Adam Jones is also said to be in the works, with members of the band preparing to embark on an an international press tour for the new effort. More information will be made available soon.

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