The era of Tool began in the early 1990s. During that time, many other bands like Pearl Jam, Green Day and Oasis were ruling the industry, but the quartet managed to attract a larger mainstream following and became the most influential hard rock acts of the time. It was the band’s powerful sound which featured a blend of classic metal and alternative rock that got them extremely popular. Another thing which made Tool famous is their ability to pen down meaningful lyrics and their singles like, Schism, Parabola and Vicarious proves how good they are at songwriting.
Tool is now ready to make some noise and will be going on tour soon. So, if it was your dream to see this group perform live then now you can fulfill it by grabbing a pair of Tool tickets from here.
Early Life & Influences
Tool takes its musical influences from Faith No More, Black Sabbath, Jane’s Addiction, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails.
Based in Los Angeles, the origin of Tool dates back to 1989 when Maynard James Keenan met with Adam Jones through a mutual friend. The duo became serious about forming a band after Jones noticed Keenan’s impressive vocal talents and soon they began to jam together. Both men then started to search for a bass player and a drummer and before long, Tom Morello introduced Danny Carey to Jones who later joined the group. Tool then completed its lineup by hiring Paul D’Amour.
The quartet spent two years performing locally around the city of Los Angeles before they were approached by Zoo Entertainment. The band signed with the label and recorded their debut extended play, ‘Opiate.’ It came out on March 10, 1992. The EP was met with positive critical feedback and was awarded platinum certification by the RIAA. It consisted of six tracks including, Sweet which appeared on the soundtrack of the 1996 film, ‘Escape from L.A.’ Following the release of ‘Opiate,’ Tool went on tour with groups like, Rage Against the Machine, Rollins Band and Fishbone.
Breakthrough & Recognition
In 1993, when grunge and alternative rock was booming, Tool released its highly anticipated first studio effort, ‘Undertow.’ This record is what propelled them to stardom as it not only went on to achieve double platinum sales in the United States but also received rave reviews from the critics. Moreover, the album featured brilliantly written songs like, Sober and Crawl Away, which helped them gain more fame.
The band set out on the road again in 1993 to support ‘Undertow’ and performed several concerts in major cities. They also played music at the Lollapalooza Festival. After coming off from tour, Tool began to work on their next studio project in 1995. During this time, the band’s drummer, Paul D’Amour quit and was replaced by Justin Chancellor.
On September 17, 1996, Tool churned out its second studio effort, ‘Ænima.’ It charted everywhere in the world and peaked at the first spot in New Zealand. Dedicated to the late comedian, Bill Hicks, the album was an alternative metal masterpiece which earned them their fist Grammy Award in 1998. The record made it to Rolling Stone’s list of ‘The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time’ and was ranked by Kerrang! as the sixth most influential album of all time.
‘Ænima’ also enjoyed phenomenal commercial success. It was certified three times platinum in the United States, whereas in Canada and Australia, the album sold more than a million copies. Moreover, the record spawned four singles, Stinkfist, Ænima, Forty Six & 2 and H. The former landed at the top spot on the Canadian Alternative chart.
Album Releases and Notable Work
After ‘Ænima’, Tool’s lead vocalist Maynard James Keenan joined A Perfect Circle, while Adam Jones found a spot in the Melvins and Danny Carrey became a drummer for the group, Dead Kennedy. This started a rumor that Tool was going to break-up, but in 2001, the band returned with their third studio album, ‘Lateralus.’ The record became an enormous hit and went on to reach the first spot in the United States, Canada and Australia. Plus, it was included in Rock and Roll’s list of the ‘Definitive 200’ and was placed by the Rolling Stone at the thirty second spot in its list of the ’50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time.’
‘Lateralus’ achieved double platinum status in both the U.S. and Canada and spawned three popular singles, Schism, Parabola and Lateralus. The former won them their second Grammy for ‘Best Metal Performance’ while Loudwire included the latter in its list of the ‘Top 50 Metal Songs of the 21st Century.’
Tool stepped away from the limelight again only to drop their fourth studio effort,’10,000 Days’ in 2006. The record opened with a track, Vicarious which got them a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Hard Rock Performance’ and appeared as the playable track on the video game, ‘Guitar Hero World Tour.’ The next track on the album, Jambi climbed the seventh spot on the Mainstream Rock Songs. Other than these two great tracks, the record offered two singles more, The Pot and Rosetta Stoned both of which became fan favorites.
’10,000 Days’ received five stars out of five from Alternative Press. In addition, it became a number one hit in five countries and was certified platinum by the RIAA, MC, BPI and ARIA.
Besides four studio efforts, Tool has come out with four video albums. They have also put out one compilation record, ‘Salival’, which hit the markets on December 12, 2000.
Tool Tour Tickets
Tool has been busy in recording new studio album since 2015. Two years later in an interview with Loudwire, the group’s bassist Justin Chancellor said this regarding the upcoming album,
“We’re about 90-percent there, it’s been like a crazy science project, kind of like a petri dish. We’ve just been really picky over what we want to put on this new album and really want to come up with something completely unique. Plus, we have endless amounts of material to sift through, so it’s just been a process — a little different from last time.”
Apart from working on new material, Tool has also announced a new tour. They will be playing several shows throughout the globe, so get your Tool tour tickets here and watch them live as they bring the roof down with their fiery performance.