Surfacing on the music scene in the early 1990s, Tool has earned its spot as one of the most celebrated
hard rock bands of the last 20 years. Recognized for their revolutionary videos and introspective lyrics, Tool is an art-metal
band that has cultivated a truly loyal fan base.
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several planned concerts at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington; Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon;
Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon; Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada; and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco,
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In the 1980s, future members of
Tool ended up in the City of Angels, each doing their own thing from remodeling pet stores to targeting the film industry
to playing in other bands. Fate stepped in around 1989 when Maynard James Keenan was introduced to Adam Jones. Keenan shared
a tape he had recorded for one of his prior band projects. Jones was so taken with Keenan's voice that he persuaded him to
establish a band. They began playing together while on the search for a bass player and a drummer. Keenan just happened to
live below drummer Danny Carey, who Jones met through an old high school chum and former member of Electric Sheep, Tom Morello.
Tool's band was complete when Paul D'Amour joined them as the bassist. Keenan eventually revealed the inspiration of the band's
name: "Tool is exactly what it sounds like: It's a big dick. It's a wrench... we are... your tool; use us as a catalyst in
your process of finding out whatever it is you need to find out, or whatever it is you're trying to achieve."
cutting their teeth at local venues in Los Angeles for close to two years, the band was finally approached by record labels.
They inked a deal with Zoo Entertainment, and in March 1992, Opiate arrived as their debut album with that label. The band
declared the album to contain "slam and bang" music. The EP featured Opiate and Hush. They created their first music video
to support Hush, which fostered their opposing views about the Parents Music Resource Center and its support of music censorship.
The controversial video included naked band members using parental advisory stickers to mask their genitalia. Shortly after,
the band hit the road with bands like Fishbone, Rollins Band and Rage Against the Machine.
In 1993, which was a time
when grunge and alternative music peaked, Tool issued their debut full-length album, Undertow. A short time after its release,
Tool made several appearances at the Lollapalooza festival tour. At the final concert of Lollapalooza in their L.A. hometown,
Bill Hicks, a comedian and friend of the band, introduced them. Tool garnered some more popularity from these concerts, which
boosted the Undertow album's gold certification. It additionally was awarded platinum status in 1995. Tool also earned Billboard's
Best Video by a New Artist award for their hit single, Sober, in 1994.
In the fall of 1995, Tool began penning and recording
their sophomore studio album, Aenima, which ended up earning triple platinum certification in March 2003. At the same time
they were recording, bassist D'Amour exited the band to pursue other endeavors. D'Amour was replaced by Justin Chancellor.
weeks after the album's arrival, Tool launched an aggressive tour with scheduled appearances in the U.S., Europe, New Zealand
and Australia. After coming back to the U.S., Tool returned to Lollapalooza for the 1997 show, this time as a headlining act,
where they garnered critical acclaim. The New York Times said, "Tool was returning in triumph to Lollapalooza after appearing
among the obscure bands on the festival's smaller stage in 1993. Now Tool is the prime attraction for a festival that's struggling
to maintain its purpose... Tool uses taboo-breaking imagery for hellfire moralizing in songs that swerve from bitter reproach
to nihilistic condemnation. Its music has refined all the troubled majesty of grunge."
Before focusing on their next
record, Keenan devoted some time to A Perfect Circle. But in 2001, they came back with Lateralus - an album that contained
13 tracks, with seven of them lasting around seven minutes or longer. The album challenged audiences while simultaneously
keeping a strong pace on the rock charts.
Keenan continued to focus his energy on cutting two more albums with A Perfect
Circle before picking up with Tool for 10,000 Days (2006).
Today, Tool is still recognized as one of the most critically
respected bands to ever form.
Tool's albums include: Opiate (EP - 1992); Undertow (1993);
Aenima (1996); Lateralus (2001); and 10,000 Days (2006). The album that has perhaps had the most impact on the music world
is Undertow. The album surfaced during a time in rock music when Pearl Jam and Nirvana were conveying dissension through grunge
riffs. Undertow accomplished that as well, but offered a counterpoint to the hip sounds of the era.
has put out nine music videos but made rare appearances in only the initial two. They cite that, they want to prevent people
from "latching onto personalities involved rather than listening to the music." With the exception of two, all of Tool's music
videos highlight stop-motion animation.
Tool Concert Experience
Tool has taken stages around the world,
headlining major tours and festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Download Festival, Roskilde, All Points West
Music & Arts Festival and Epicenter. And now, Tool is set to take the stage in 2014 at some cool venues like the Reno
Event Center and the Spokane Arena. Don't miss out, and reserve your tickets now through StubHub because you can be sure that
Tool's incredibly loyal legions of fans will be jumping at the chance to see them live! Why wait? Grab your tickets today!