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Tool

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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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Slipknot To Contribute To Underworld 2 Soundtrack

Launch Radio Networks reports: SLIPKNOT, TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan, LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington and up-and-coming band FLYLEAF all contribute tracks to the soundtrack of "Underworld: Evolution", the sequel to the 2003 vampire action hit "Underworld". A complete track and artist listing for the disc has not been made available yet, but FLYLEAF is contributing a cover of NINE INCH NAILS' "Something I Never Had". The soundtrack arrives in stores on January 10.

"Underworld: Evolution", which reunites stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman, opens in theatres on January 20.

The soundtrack to the first "Underworld" featured songs from A PERFECT CIRCLE, TRUSTCOMPANY, FINCH, DAVID BOWIE, and members of LIMP BIZKIT, FILTER and NINE INCH NAILS.

FLYLEAF has also recorded a cover of the Christmas classic, "Do You Hear What I Hear?", according to FMQB.com. The recording can be found at all online digital music stores. FLYLEAF is currently opening for STAIND, P.O.D. and TAPROOT on the Fall Brawl tour as it supports its self-titled debut album.

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Tool Plan On Releasing Two New DVD's

Tool look to now be planning two separate DVD releases come December 20th, one for the video for their track "Parabol"/"Parabola" and another for the video for their track "Schism". Cover art for the releases can be seen here and here.

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Tool Ready DVD For December Release

According to a posting on Toolband.com, TOOL are planning to release a DVD featuring the videos for "Schism" and "Parabol/Parabola" with added extras (more details later) sometime in December (possibly December 20). The posting adds: "Please note that this is NOT the (much-anticipated) TOOL live DVD, which will be released at some point, although exactly when is still a great unknown."

It's been four years since TOOL released their last album, 2001's "Lateralus", and drummer Danny Carey told Launch that the band prefer to take their time recording the follow-up. "We're not pressured, I think, and we don't have a record company hanging over us, saying, 'You have to do an album every year,' or something," he said. "It's a lot more important to take our time and have something to say, and if you're putting out a record every year, how much can you really learn in one year? You know, you've got to develop as a person and develop as a player."

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Vote For Bands To Perform At Sweden Rock Fest

Sweden Rock Festival is asking fans to vote for 30 bands they want to see at the festival. To vote, visit www.swedenrock.com and click on "Vi frågar er." Click on up to 30 of the bands you want to see, then click the "Skicka" button.

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Tool Drummer To Perform In LA w/ Volto!

The power is back on in Los Angeles and Volto! (featuring Tool drummer Danny Carey, Kirk Covington, John Ziegler and Lance Morrison) will be performing twice this month. The first show is Thursday (September 15) at the La Ve Lee jazz club in Studio City, with the second gig being the band's debut at The Knitting Factory next Wednesday September 28. Opening for Volto! in the main space of The Knitting Factory will be The Scott Kinsey Band. For more info go to www.laveleejazzclub.com and www.knittingfactory.com.

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Tool Post News On New Album

Tool look to have begun recording their long-awaited new album and have been visited by many a guest while in the studio, including Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, King Buzzo of Melvins and Aaron Turner of Isis. While it is not likely any of the aforementioned artists will be contributing to the album, photos of the sessions can be found online in the blogs located here.

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Tool's "Lateralus" Vinyl Information

An update on Tool's "Lateralus" vinyl has been posted on the official band website:

I've a bit of an update on the Lateralus vinyl. As it now stands, the release date is still slated for AUGUST 23rd. However, the plan is to make a certain number of pre-sale copies available exclusively on the Tool websites. Unfortunately, the exact date hasn't yet been determined, although I hope to be able to post this soon. In addition, there will be a very LIMITED EDITION of copies that are autographed by the band members. As I understand it, this will involve a special process so that the signatures (each record being individually signed) will be on the record, itself, as opposed to the album jacket. I would imagine that these limited edition holographic copies will cost more, but I don't yet have information about the exact price or number of copies that will be made available on the site. As soon as these details are worked out, I will let you know.

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Tool Drummer To Play Several Californian Gigs

Tool drummer Danny Carey will be sitting in on a couple of songs with keyboardist extraordinaire Scott Kinsey (of Tribal Tech) and Steve Tavaglione (sax and EWI) on Wednesday, July 27th at the La Ve Lee jazz club in Studio City (12514 Ventura Blvd. 818-980-8158).

Danny is also planning on doing a show with the Pigmy Love Circus on August 6th. Then, on August 18th, Volto! (Danny Carey, Kirk Covington, Lance Morrison and John Ziegler will be performing at the La Ve Lee. Volto! will also be playing The Baked Potato (3787 Caguenga Blvd, West, Studio City – 818-980-1615) on August 25th.

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Tool Recording New Album In 'Secrecy'

Launch Radio Networks reports: TOOL's webmaster posted a message at the band's official site last Friday (July 8), stating that "for various reasons, the (new TOOL) album is being recorded in relative secrecy...even more so than past recording sessions and related TOOL projects." The webmaster added, "When (the band decides) to release certain details pertaining to the recording process, as well as any projected timetables, etc., it will most certainly be posted on the band's official website...this could be tomorrow, or two days from now, or in a couple of weeks or even a month from now."

While no other details were divulged, the posting did hint that "the members of the band are working hard and, as the saying goes, there is light at the end of the tunnel."

It's been four years since TOOL released its last album, 2001's "Lateralus", and drummer Danny Carey told Launch that the band prefers to take its time. "We're not pressured, I think, and we don't have a record company hanging over us, saying, 'You have to do an album every year,' or something," he said. "It's a lot more important to take our time and have something to say, and if you're putting out a record every year, how much can you really learn in one year? You know, you've got to develop as a person and develop as a player."

An August 23 release date had reportedly been set for a double-vinyl version of "Lateralus", featuring picture discs and a special holographic gatefold jacket. However, a representative for the band's label told Launch that while plans exist for a vinyl edition of the album, no arrival date has been determined.

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Indie Film Starring Maynard To Come Out Feb. 28

Check out Sleeping Dogs Lie, starring Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan. Sleeping Dogs Lie is an independent film that just won the grand jury award for best short film at the New York International Independent Film Festival. Sleeping Dogs Lie comes out this Monday, the 28th of February. Watch the trailer at www.sdlmovie.com.

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Tool's Keenan 'Near Perfect' For Alice In Chains

Travis Hay of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has issued the following report:

Who would've thought Maynard James Keenan, the spooky singer for TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE, would have made a near-perfect singer for ALICE IN CHAINS? That was one of the many surprises Friday night when some of Seattle's brightest musical stars came out for a cause at Premier nightclub.

The cause was a benefit concert for victims of last year's tsunami and the stars included Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART, NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, SUPERSUCKERS, SIR MIX-A-LOT, THE CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION and others. But the brightest stars were the remaining members of ALICE IN CHAINS — drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and guitarist Jerry Cantrell — who performed together for the first time in six years.

Novoselic acted as emcee for the show, which was put on by radio station K-Rock (KRQI-FM/96.5) and raised more than $100,000 for relief efforts. More...

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"Axis Of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1" Details

"Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1" was recorded at the Avalon in Los Angeles as one in a series of benefits for Axis of Justice, the non-profit organization founded by Serj Tankian of System Of A Down and Tom Morello of Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine in an effort to bring concerned musicians, fans of music and grassroots political organizations together to fight for social justice.

This very unique night of music featured performances and surprises by a number of special guests, including Flea, Maynard James Keenan and Pete Yorn. The album includes the donated track from Chris Cornell and Maynard James Keenan of their cover of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", recorded at last year's Lollapalooza. Other highlights include all-star jams of U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up," "Alice in My Fantasies" by Funkadelic and the Bob Dylan classic "Chimes Of Freedom."

The companion Bonus DVD contains live footage of the Avalon show as well as some excerpts from past Axis shows which include appearances by artists such as Boots Riley of The Coup and Wayne Kramer. Plus as an added bonus, the DVD includes audio excerpts from the Axis of Justice radio show which include interviews with Michael Moore and Janeane Garofalo.

Pre-order "Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1" online here and yours will be autographed by Tom Morello and Serj Tankian. You'll also get hooked up with a limited edition, Axis Of Justice poster free with your purchase

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Maynard James Keenan Blames President Bush

Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle appears on two politically oriented Election Day albums tomorrow (Tuesday, November 2nd) -- APC's "eMOTIVe," and as one of the performers on the Axis Of Justice Concert Series Volume 1. Keenan told Launch that he feels the world is a more dangerous place than it was four years ago, and he blames the Bush administration:

They've had four years to reunite this country and show them that they do have good intentions. They keep trying to say the world's safer without Saddam (Hussein), but it's not. They've fostered more terrorists, and we've lost control of the north and south of Iraq now. We used to have control of it, with him in power. He was contained. Now it's a mess.

"eMOTIVe" features two APC originals along with covers of political songs by John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Nick Lowe, Depeche Mode, and others. The first single is a remake of Lennon's "Imagine."

Keenan plans to begin working on a new Tool album next month.

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SOAD, Tool Members On Axis Of Justice Album

The full track listing for the upcoming "Axis Of Justice Concert Series, Vol. 1" CD/DVD package has been unveiled.

The CD features collaborative performances from Audioslave vocalist Chris Cornell, drummer Brad Wilk and guitarist Tom Morello, Tool singer Maynard James Keenan, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian, singer/songwriter Pete Yorn, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, as well as rappers Jurassic 5.

Morello also plays solo as his alter ego, the Nightwatchman. The DVD includes many of the same performances, along with skits, spoken word segments and interviews with filmmaker Michael Moore and actor and radio host Janeane Garofalo.

Axis Of Justice is a political activism organization founded by Tankian and Morello, who says he doesn't understand why many feel musicians shouldn't get involved in social and political issues.

"People ask the most asinine question, like, well, why -- 'I don't want to hear from you -- shut up and rock,' you know. But when you pick up a guitar, you don't put down your First Amendment rights. What I would say is 'You should be speaking out as well.' Like, why should we just leave it to a bunch of billionaires and crooks to run our country?"

Among the songs performed on the CD are U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name," Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding," Bob Dylan's "Chimes Of Freedom" and Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up."

"Axis Of Justice Concert Series, Vol. 1" is due out on November 16th through Serjical Strike/Columbia Records. Serjical Strike is Serj Tankian's custom label.

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Vote For Best Metal Videos Of The New Millennium

MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.

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